The headlines are a blaze with suggestions that big money interests are about to go to war with the Tea Party and liberty minded Americans in the 2014 election cycle. We have lived through almost 5 years of the most corrupt Executive Administration and Congress in the history of our Republic and the best citizens can hope for is an election that may swing the balance of power from one corrupt party to another?
From Article 2, Section 4 of the United States Constitution: “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
The obvious problem with the above law is most of our elected officials granted the power to pursue impeachment may also require impeached for perjury of oath, abuse of authority, bribery, intimidation, misuse of assets, failure to supervise, dereliction of duty, conduct unbecoming, and refusal to obey a lawful order; all high crimes and misdemeanors.
Americans are now becoming dangerously comfortable with living under a dictatorial government who enforces their will on Americans through threat of property confiscation by armed force. Decades of maladministration and unlawful legislation have left Americans twisting in the wind.
Washington is stalling and arguing about one law—albeit a dangerous law—the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, the collective corrupt acts of our elected officials go ignored and un-prosecuted. It is time that the American public considered a move towards forced expulsion of many of these elected representatives.
A Congressional Research Service Report on “Expulsion” can be found here.
All it takes is a simple resolution—proposed in Congress, calling for the expulsion of specific members of the House or Senate, for violating any number of laws, regulations and standards of conduct in the performance of his/her duties or the discharge of their responsibilities—to get the ball rolling.
Article 1, Section 5 of the United States Constitution provides “Each House may determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member.”
Any resolution offered for expulsion requires referral to the appropriate House or Senate committee, where an investigation is performed, and recommendations for further action are rendered.
I offer the case of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; a man, who countless times refuses to consider a debate on, or schedule of a vote on, bills passed by the lower house. Harry Reid is knowingly and wantonly guilty of maladministration of his official duties. He is also flouting the will of the peoples lawfully elected representatives contravening his sworn oath of office. This is a crime against America.
Expulsion was designed for people like Nevada Senator Harry Reid, and others.
I know, I know, I probably stand a better chance of President Obama inviting me to dinner at the White House then Senate Select Committee on Ethics Chairperson, Barbara Boxer (D), pursuing a credible investigation into Harry Reid, but then again, maybe not.
I would offer that Senator Boxer and any other Select Committee on Ethics or subcommittee members receiving campaign contributions from Harry Reid or his campaign fundraising apparatus should by law, be required to recuse themselves from committee investigations and deliberations on any resolution calling for Reid’s possible expulsion. At least that is how the process is supposed to work. Moreover, in keeping with the spirit of government transparency, I would also like to see these committee hearings on C-SPAN.
Congressional expulsion investigations provide America with the means to remove corrupt officials from office by before they have the opportunity to purchase another election and strengthen their grip on our lives. A full out constitutional assault on a corrupt Congress demands consideration.
Even if my proposal falls flat, even if the required two-thirds vote cannot be obtained, it will serve further to illustrate the total disregard for the rule of law that exists in Washington and the need for national acts of disobedience.
Frankly, I favor the repeal of the 17th amendment to the US Constitution. However, I am not holding my breath on that one. What harm would come to our nation if an out of control, reckless and corrupt Washington were suddenly called to hold their own accountable or be held accountable, not at the polls, as they suggest, but by an enraged citizenry, unwilling to wait for one more purchased election before turning their fury, in mass, on Washington D.C.?
What courageous Congressman or Senator will champion this cause? Why are they waiting and why has it taking so long for someone to come forward. The establishment is already organizing and targeting conservative candidates for removal in 2014.
President Obama is one corrupt man among hundreds in Washington that require removal and permanent expulsion from public service, if not imprisonment. Our Constitution provides remedy for this. It is time conservatives both warned and encouraged those we sent to Washington to clean up our house before we clean their clocks.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.