Poll: Two-Thirds of GOP Think Impeachment Justified
A week after former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin called for President Barack Obama's impeachment over his lawlessness on illegal immigration on the pages of Breitbart News, two in three Republicans believe impeachment is justified and a majority of independents believe that Obama has exceeded his constitutional limits.
A YouGov/Huffington Post poll found that 49% of Americans, 89% of Republicans, and a majority of independents (52%) "think that President Obama has exceeded the constitutional limits of Presidential authority." But 35% of Americans "say impeaching Obama would be justified," including 8% of Democrats, 37% of independents, and 68% of Republicans.
Republicans are more united around impeachment than they are are on how well their party is handling the illegal immigration issue. A Washington Post-ABC poll found that 48% of Republicans approved of how Republicans in Congress were dealing with the issue while 45% disapproved.
Palin announced in a Breitbart News op-ed last week that Obama's lawlessness on illegal immigration was the tipping point for her to call for impeachment.
"It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment," she wrote. "The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is."
Palin said Obama's lawlessness hurts American workers--native-born and legal immigrants--of all races and backgrounds:
The federal government is trillions of dollars in debt; many cities are on the verge of insolvency; our overrun healthcare system, police forces, social services, schools, and our unsustainably generous welfare-state programs are stretched to the max. We average Americans know that. So why has this issue been allowed to be turned upside down with our “leader” creating such unsafe conditions while at the same time obstructing any economic recovery by creating more dependents than he allows producers? His friendly wealthy bipartisan elite, who want cheap foreign labor and can afford for themselves the best “border security” money can buy in their own exclusive communities, do not care that Obama tapped us out.
Have faith that average American workers – native-born and wonderful legal immigrants of all races, backgrounds, and political parties – do care because we’re the ones getting screwed as we’re forced to follow all our government’s rules while others are not required to do so. Many now feel like strangers in their own land. It’s the American worker who is forced to deal with Obama’s latest crisis with our hard-earned tax dollars while middle class wages decrease, sustainable jobs get more scarce, and communities become unrecognizable and bankrupted due to Obama’s flood of illegal immigration.
Who’s looking out for the American workers? Who has their backs? Who fights for them?
President Obama’s rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here. It’s not going to get better, and in fact irreparable harm can be done in this lame-duck term as he continues to make up his own laws as he goes along, and, mark my words, will next meddle in the U.S. Court System with appointments that will forever change the basic interpretation of our Constitution’s role in protecting our rights.
Palin later reminded Americans that the Founders intended impeachment to be "the ultimate check on an out-of-control executive branch."
"The Constitution provides the remedy for a president who commits 'high crimes and misdemeanors.' It’s impeachment," she wrote. "To be clear, 'high crimes and misdemeanors' are not necessarily ordinary criminal offenses. Our Framers used the term to signify a dereliction of duty, and the first duty of the president is to enforce our laws and preserve, protect, and defend our Constitution."
She said impeachment "is serious, not to be used for petty partisan purposes; and it is imperative that it becomes a matter of legitimate discussion before the American people lose all trust in our federal government":
Impeachment requires moral courage to advance what is right, and it requires political will. A complacent or disheartened electorate may silently endure these abuses from the administration, the permanent political class is only too happy to maintain the status quo, and the mainstream media is not a fair watchdog. So, the nation’s last line of defense is for We the People to rise up and say, “enough is enough.”
Obama’s lawless encouragement of illegal immigration should be the tipping point for that political will because it impacts all Americans – native-born and legal immigrants of all backgrounds who followed the rules and now watch rewards go to rule breakers while they’re forced to compete for limited jobs and resources. It’s the tipping point because the forgotten working class is hurt most by this lawlessness; and these good Americans deserve the strongest, most effective tool to defend the livelihoods they’ve so honorably built!