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Brian Baker: Pondering a runaway presidency

Posted: July 24, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 24, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

In my last column (“The IRS is far from earning back our trust,” June 30), I discussed the arrogance and lawlessness of the Obama administration and its bureaucrats, practiced on a scale unprecedented in American history.

Now I’d like to address the ramifications, and what they might mean for the country.

Speaker of the House John Boehner is spearheading an effort by that chamber of Congress to sue Obama in federal court for exceeding his constitutional authority as president.

Some — notably Sarah Palin — are calling for Obama’s impeachment.

I think both approaches are doomed to failure at this point in time.

Both approaches require lengthy legal processes, and we’re less than four months away from the mid-term elections.

As such, I believe they’re distractions that are red meat for parts of the “base,” but will prove ultimately futile, and may even be politically counterproductive in the GOP’s efforts to secure a majority in the Senate.

Any impeachment process that starts now would go nowhere, as when the current 113th Congress is replaced by the 114th in January, if Obama hasn’t already been convicted by the Senate — an impossibility as the Senate is currently controlled by loyal Democrats — the process wouldn’t carry over to the new Congress and would have to start all over again.

A similar problem attaches to any lawsuit, in addition to which the courts are very leery of getting involved in matters of separation of powers jurisdictional issues.

Further, the House may have a major problem establishing “standing,” or defining an actual tort damage, as they retain the power to address Obama’s excesses through their exclusive constitutional power of the governmental purse strings, whether or not they want to use it.

Let’s assume for this discussion that the GOP retains the House and takes control of the Senate. Then what?

At that point, Obama would be the lamest of ducks, and there would be nothing at all to restrain him from indulging his imperial proclivities to their fullest extent; Obama Caesar.

If he’s ignored the Congress and the Constitution up to this point — and he has, blatantly — there would be no reason for him to hold back at all anymore.

Impeachment then does become a distinct possibility. But we should never forget about Obama’s anti-impeachment insurance policy: Joe Biden.

Can you imagine him as president? Talk about hopping from the frying pan into the fire!

But there are also other avenues to explore. Attorney General Eric Holder is still under a contempt citation; he should be impeached. Lois Lerner of IRS scandal fame can and should be prosecuted.

The Benghazi scandal should be aggressively pursued.

Heads should roll over the scandalous and corrupt actions that have taken place within the Veterans Administration resulting in the deaths of vets.

A GOP-controlled Congress can use the power of the purse strings to defund the EPA’s excesses (and it should).

Obama should be so mired in his scandals that his already-dismal approval ratings plummet even further. Public opinion is the one sure way, at least at this point in history, to hobble a runaway presidency and will have the added benefit of tarring the Dem/socialist candidate hoping to succeed him in the 2016 presidential election.

A GOP-controlled Senate will also then have the power to prevent Obama from appointing activist leftist judges to the federal court system, maybe one of the most important reasons for the GOP to take the Senate in November.

What happens if the Dem/socialists retain a Senate majority, you ask?

Buckle up, because we’re looking at a potential catastrophe for the next two years as that lamest of ducks will have no restraints at all to keep him from indulging himself to the fullest extent, free from worrying about suffering any real repercussions at all, because his Dem/socialist abettors and enablers in the Senate will continue to insulate him from the consequences of his actions, just as they’ve already been doing for years.

I’m not overstating when I say that I’m not sure the country can survive that eventuality. I hope we don’t have to find out.

Brian Baker is a Saugus resident.

 

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