March 13, 2012 by David K. Sutton
Rep. Walter Jones Says President Obama Committed Impeachable Offense
Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC) introduced a house resolution last week stating that President Obama committed an impeachable offense when he authorized military action without explicit approval from congress. Nevermind that Obama isn’t the first president to do so. Nevermind that President Bush redefined the powers of the executive branch, making it more in line with a dictatorship than a democracy.
While not directly calling for impeachment, the bill would declare “that it is the sense of Congress that, except in response to an actual or imminent attack against the territory of the United States, the use of offensive military force by a president without prior and clear authorization of an act of Congress violates Congress’s exclusive power to declare war… and therefore constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution.”
In other words, the bill would, in effect, serve as a trigger mechanism for impeachment proceedings.
I actually agree with congressman Jones to an extent. Obama has continued where Bush left off when it comes to foreign policy and use of military force, but unfortunately time and precedent will make for a hard sell to the rest of congress, particularly the Senate where Republicans are in a minority. I can also agree with Rep. Jones that we shouldn’t start wars unless the country is facing an imminent threat, but this looks to me like another attempt by a Republican to undermine President Obama.