In comments made to USA Today, Obama said he would not back such a move, although he has been distressed by the “loose ethical standards, the secrecy and incompetence” of a “variety of characters” in the administration.
“I think you reserve impeachment for grave, grave breeches, and intentional breeches of the president’s authority,” he said.
“I believe if we began impeachment proceedings we will be engulfed in more of the politics that has made Washington dysfunction,” he added. “We would once again, rather than attending to the people’s business, be engaged in a tit-for-tat, back-and-forth, non-stop circus.”
In his zeal to become the next president, Sen. Obama has decided it’s in the best interest of his campaign to ignore the criminality and the abuses of presidential power carried out by the current administration. How can Sen. Obama disregard the following?
1. Bush lied about the threat from Iraq to justify a war
2. Bush started an illegal wiretaping program of American citizens
3. Bush failed to help victims of Hurricane Katrina
4. Bush politicized the Department of Justice
5. Bush built foreign prisons where prisoners could be tortured out of view of Congress
6. Bush obstructed an investigation into the outing of a CIA undercover agent
If these crimes don’t meet Obama’s standard of “grave and intentional breeches of the president’s authority,” then perhaps the Illinois senator needs to revisit the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. President George Bush has systematically abused the powers of the presidency and by doing so, threatened the rule of law. Bush has committed numerous impeachable offenses and he should be removed from office.
From the Left was an early and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama’s bid to become the 44th president of the United States. But Obama’s willingness to ignore the abuses of presidential power carried out by George Bush in order to ‘get along’ and get elected, is reason to give pause and reconsider his judgment. There is no more serious abuse of presidential authority than lying to the Congress and the American people to get them to support a war. President George Bush must be held accountable.
So, it’s with great sadness than I am pulling my support for Sen. Barack Obama’s bid for president. Barack Obama is a smart, charismatic man, able to inspire followers and lift their hearts. But as ugly and as tortuous the impeachment process can be, as Americans, nothing is more important than protecting our Constitutional system and preserving our democracy. Even if Mr. Obama doesn’t think so.