Pulling the Trigger on Impeachment

FaithlessExecutionAs the liberal excesses of President Barack Obama mount, talk of impeachment inevitably rises in frequency and pitch.  His flexing of executive powers to further an aggressive and divisive agenda has prompted both commentators and rank-and-file citizens to raise the issue.  As the subject of impeaching and removing President Obama increasingly is batted around in syndicated columns, talk shows and neighborhood coffee houses, a new book examines exhaustively the legal and constitutional basis for such congressional action.

In Faithless Execution, Andrew C. McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, outlines and assesses the case.  “The power to enforce the law,” McCarthy notes, “which carries with it the equally salient power not to enforce the law, is a president’s most imposing domestic weapon, rivaled in importance only by the awesome authority inherent in a president’s status as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces.”  He believes Obama has abused that power, and that conclusion lays the foundation for the case McCarthy makes for impeachment.  The “burden of this book” is “to persuade readers that President Obama and his administration are engaged in” a campaign to undermine the Constitution and institute an “imperial presidency.”

McCarthy offers a wide-ranging case for impeachment.  This “kitchen sink” approach provides a thoroughness that ensures the book encompasses virtually all conceivable arguments for removal of the chief executive, leaving the reader with a full sense of the legal and the possible.  As the title of the book suggests, McCarthy focuses particularly on those areas where Obama has violated his oath of office, which requires that the president “take care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”  He finds many actions that fall far short of this standard, and groups them into articles of proposed impeachment.

Read the rest of the article at the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research

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