Arlington, VA May 27, 2013
Part 1 - The Major Complaints
Let's look first as some of the more prevalent complaints about President Obama, and the varying views on why he should be impeached for committing the actions described in them.
Right now, it appears there are five 'popular' areas, which have caused varying groups to demand the impeachment of the President. These include (Not necessarily in any order):
1- The Benghazi attack by militants, and the death of the US Ambassador to Libya
2- The actions of the Internal Revenue Service, with regard to processing exemption status applications for conservative, and other interest groups
3- 'Secret' investigations of reporters, without providing protection for First Amendment Rights
4- Committing 'unconstitutional acts' relative to Federal appointments, which require confirmation by the United States Senate
5- Disregard for, and disdain of, the US Constitution in general by the Obama Administration, and its principal agency officers
That is a pretty heavy list, and there are others, but these seem to be the most prevalent, and those which have excited groups all along the political spectrum, from liberal to conservative, from mainstream to splinter group, and across a number of age and ethnic groups. We'll devote an article to each of these, looking at a range of sources, hoping to be as 'balanced' as possible, and, at some point where it seems logical, make a statement on my views on whether the 'evidence' supports impeachment of the President.
I have adopted a couple of rules for myself in the search for these articles.
First, I will cite what is out there, and try to present as broad a spectrum of comments as is possible. In some cases, it may be that a particular group or segment of the electorate supports a view; where that happens, I will try to find an opposing view, so that we can assess both sides of the argument. There is no magic or pre-determination to this; if someone has another source that leads to information on which to make an assessment, please provide it.
Second, I will try to stay among the references which relate to the topic, are not at some extreme fringe which may defy logic, and avoid as well the more ethereal suggestions in favor of more reasoned discussions. 'Reasoned discussions' can be on either side of the topic, and can even provide a passioned argument, as long as that argument presents information which may add value to the discussion.
Third, in each case, I will give up to seven days for comments, impacting on any discussion, so that the summary of the arguments includes both sides.
If this works for you, please wade in; I only ask that comments stay on the discussion at hand, and not stray into innuendo and insults, which have no part in a reasoned discussion.
Our first stop, in the next short article, will be Benghazi, and its aftermath.