Palin: More Americans Will Support Impeachment if Obama Lawlessly Enacts Another Executive Amnesty
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said that more Americans will favor impeachment once they realize what "impeachable offenses" really are and if President Barack Obama lawlessly grants more temporary amnesty and work permits to millions of more illegal immigrant adults via executive fiat.
Palin, who first called for Obama to be impeached on the pages of Breitbart News, referenced a CNN poll that found that one-third of Americans favored impeachment in a recent CNN poll, including a majority of Republicans, weeks after she did, and said that is a "huge number – especially considering how misconstrued the issue is when relying on media to explain impeachment."
But Palin suggested the CNN poll is merely a baseline because it misinformed respondents into thinking that a president can only be impeached for criminal offenses and did not not ask whether Obama should be impeached for his lawlessness on illegal immigration. The Obama administration is reportedly set to grant amnesty and work permits to nearly 5 million more illegal immigrants "by the end of summer."
"One out of three Americans are talking about impeachment, Mr. President, because we love this country and respect the sacrifices made to build it," she declared. "That number will increase as more eyes open to the truth."
In a Sunday Facebook post, Palin said that "it’s clear from the way these polls are conducted that most Americans aren't aware of what constitutes impeachable offenses" and the "White House is counting on the fact that Americans think impeachment is for committing a crime under the penal code. But I’ll keep repeating the truth in order to educate as many Americans as possible":
The Constitution says “high crimes and misdemeanors” are the basis for this serious remedy. The Framers used that term to mean a dereliction of duty, and the first duty of the president is to enforce our laws and preserve, protect, and defend our Constitution.
Alexander Hamilton described impeachable offenses as “the abuse or violation of some public trust.” He called them “political” offenses because they “relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself.”
No serious person who is paying attention can deny that Obama and his administration have abused and violated the public trust and the Constitution.
Saying she wanted to be "crystal clear on this," Palin emphasized again that "impeachment isn't necessarily for ordinary criminal acts, nor is it for bad political decisions or differences in opinion":
We’re not saying, “Impeach him because his stimulus failed; he coddles Wall Street while dissing Main Street; he recklessly spends our tax dollars on skewed priorities, etc., etc.”
Palin said that "impeachment is the Constitution’s answer for a derelict, incompetent presidency, as well as for a lawless imperial presidency. Both describe the unprecedented problem we have with Obama":
We’re saying he must be impeached for overstepping his Constitutional authority. Here are some examples: he broke the law in changing the Obamacare law by fiat, and he issued amnesty for illegal immigrants by fiat, and he committed fraud on the American people by lying that we could keep our health care if we like our health care, and he refused to secure our borders or halt this border crisis he caused. The list of abuse is long. Allowing any president to continue this lawlessness sets a precedent for future presidents that can allow destruction of our nation.
We’re acknowledging that there’s only one recourse in holding government accountable when led by a president who breaks the law. Remember the Constitution holds the president directly responsible for the executive branch. He can’t just vote “present” and keep feigning ignorance of all the scandals rocking his administration, any more than a mob boss can claim innocence because he didn’t personally do the hit. The buck stops with the guy at the top.
From Benghazi to the IRS and VA scandals, to the NSA spying on innocent Americans, to his Department of Justice wiretapping reporters and giving guns to Mexican drug cartels in Fast & Furious, to ignoring in-house illegal fundraising, I could go on and on.
Pain said that she will keep "hammering this issue because it is clearly the only way to stop this president from further abusing his powers. Our founders prepared a future citizenry for such a thing."
In terms of lawlessness, the president is radically changing the way the executive branch does business. He has put us on a dangerous path that will fundamentally change us. With his “pen and phone,” he’s abrogating Congressional authority in violation of the Constitution’s separation of powers. He’s making himself a ruler, not a president. As I said last week, we had a revolution back in 1776 because we don’t do kings.
"Let’s go around the media filters and acknowledge this ourselves: many Americans haven’t heard what impeachable offenses really are; but when they do, more citizens will rise up to hold their government accountable," she said. "[The Framers] crafted the tool for Congress’ authority and obligation to stop this. We’re putting the president on notice."
She noted that Obama's White House is worried about impeachment and taking it "very seriously," knows "they've done wrong" and is "aware that the illegal immigration crisis is the tipping point," as it was for Palin. On Friday, White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said the Obama administration was concerned that he could be impeached over his potential executive actions granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. And over the weekend, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) predicted the House would start impeachment proceedings "immediately" if Obama did unilaterally grant work permits to at least 5 million more illegal immigrants via executive fiat.
"With the president continuing to halt deportations and with his intention to skirt law once again to grant some sort of amnesty by executive fiat, more Americans will join me in calling for impeachment," she said. "I’m talking about average, everyday law-abiding citizens who know we must hold our government accountable; I’m not talking about the political elite on both sides of the aisle who only give lip service to the problem of a lawlessp. They mock the idea of actually remedying this extremely dangerous situation because they’re fine with Washington D.C.’s status quo."
She added that "making the case for impeachment is not difficult," but "having the "moral courage and political will to do what is right" is. And she emphasized, as she did in her initial call for impeachment, that illegal immigration is the tipping point because it decimates American workers of all backgrounds and races--including legal immigrants who followed the country's immigration laws and did not cut to the front of the line:
Thank you, good Americans who care about defending our constitution and preserving American exceptionalism! It’s so good to know we finally got Washington’s attention. It took the illegal immigration crisis to tip this because Americans know it’s a direct attack on our sovereignty, on American workers of all races and backgrounds (both native-born and legal immigrants who came here orderly, safely; the right, legal way), on our solvency and security. It IS a direct attack, orchestrated by a president who promised to fundamentally transform our nation.
The American worker is the forgotten man in this crisis of Obama’s making. None other than Cesar Chavez affirmed that illegal immigration hurts hardworking Americans as it drives down the wages of our workers seeking good jobs to support their families.
That’s why we see so many Americans of all racial and ethnic backgrounds uniting to protest this border insanity. We are protesting a lawless administration that doesn't respect the will and wisdom of the people. We can affirm the productivity of legal immigration, but we know why we have laws on the books that keep government in check with this issue and all other issues; we know that part of what makes America exceptional is the rule of law. Without rule of law at our borders, in no time we will become as corrupt and dysfunctional as the nation’s immigrants flee to come here. We also know that “no borders equals no nation.”
The president has a constitutional duty to secure our homeland. That means securing our borders. He’s willfully derelict in his duty. This is illegal.
Palin referenced a bombshell Washington Post report that concluded that "despite dire warnings" in 2012, "the White House didn’t want to deal with the issue" because "they were focused instead on Obama’s 2012 reelection and the push for amnesty along with that promised 'transformation, 'and this burgeoning crisis didn’t look good for the president politically."
"In light of this Washington Post report, there are two questions Congress needs to demand answers to: What did the president know and when did he know it?" Palin said, referencing the questions that were asked of Richard Nixon. "Recall that those questions were asked of another president who was also the subject of a Washington Post exposé."