Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh: Foolish for Boehner to Take Impeachment 'Off the Table'
After conservative icon and talk radio host Rush Limbaugh blasted House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for declaring that impeaching Obama was off the table, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin praised Limbaugh for understanding the importance of not emboldening Obama to act even more lawlessly.
"Rush is right," she wrote in a Wednesday Facebook post. "The GOP wants to take impeachment off the table? When will you learn liberals won't hate you less if you play nice in these tumultuous times? No matter how polite, complacent, and complicit you are, Obama will continue to harm our Republic and make you impotent. Even today, his very un-presidential speech mocked you for always being a' 'hatin'. Your apathy is their power."
On his Wednesday radio show, Limbaugh criticized House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for announcing to the world that Republicans would not impeach Obama.
"Boehner took it off the table if it was ever on the table, and I don't like all these things being 'taken off the table,' by the way," Limbaugh declared. "We just said we're not gonna shut the government down, so we're not gonna use the power of the purse to stop Obama. Okay. Now we're saying impeachment's off the table, so we're not gonna use the Constitution to stop Obama."
Limbaugh said the "Republican Party is bragging or broadcasting that they're not gonna do anything to stop Obama" because, despite Obama's record-low approval and record-high disapproval numbers, the GOP establishment still believes that, "if there's any pursuit of Obama politically, that it's just gonna send the independents running right to the Democrats in the midterms and all that."
"They really do believe, even now, that the public does not want to hear their Dear Leader criticized," Limbaugh said of the squeamish GOP elites. "They don't want to hear their Dear Leader subject to impeachment talks or what have you, and so the Republicans are doing everything they can tell everybody, 'We're not gonna impeach him! We're not gonna do it!' It's just purely defensive. It's rooted in fear, and I think it's a miscalculation." Limbaugh said is not intending to lead the impeachment movement but realized the foolishness of taking impeachment off the table, which would only embolden Obama.
Palin asked Republicans who complain about Obama's lawlessness but do not want to consider impeachment: "After soothing Obama by reassuring him that he'll never be held accountable via the ultimate serious check on his lawlessness, you'll now ease on down WHAT road to stop the madness? What's the plan to stop his fundamental transformation of America?"
"Please don't tell us you're armed with a phone and a pen and now a bunch of lawyers filing suit," she said, of Boehner's lawsuit against Obama. "You can't bring those to the front lines and win."
And please don't underestimate the wisdom of the people. We see Team Obama's obvious strategy in pushing you back in a corner as you lay down the ultimate weapon of force our Founders provided you in our Constitution. Congress, you've already disarmed yourself of the other weapon the Constitution gives you by refusing to use the power of the purse to defund Obama’s lawlessness. Now you’re completely unilaterally disarming by taking any notion of impeachment off the table while Obama gleefully pushes forward with amnesty by fiat. He's called your bluff, GOP! But it's not too late.
Stand tall and don’t be afraid to educate the public about the Constitution’s remedy for a lawless imperial presidency. If you educate Americans about what impeachable offenses really are, they will listen. And trust me, if Obama moves on amnesty, Americans will look to you for action. If you stand up for the Constitution, you won't let them down. Please be stronger, wiser, and more courageous for us. We'll have your back. Reciprocate.
As Palin has been emphasizing, Limbaugh also emphasized that many do not understand what "high crimes and misdemeanors" actually are:
High crimes and misdemeanors does not mean theft, larceny, murder, any of that. High crimes and misdemeanors means dereliction of duty! High crimes and misdemeanors means action outside the Constitution. High crimes and misdemeanors means action detrimental to the country in violation of the oath of office. It's an entirely different the thing than a criminal definition.
Andrew McCarthy, the former federal prosecutor and author of Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment, recently wrote in National Review, that many politicians are oblivious to what "high crimes and misdemeanors" actually mean.
"Contrary to some less than informed opinion, 'high crimes and misdemeanors' – the legal standard for impeachment – refers not to indictable criminal offenses but to profound breaches of the public trust by high-ranking officials," McCarthy wrote. "Once the standard is understood, it becomes easy to see that the president and his underlings have committed numerous, readily provable impeachable offenses. "
Palin called for impeachment on the pages of Breitbart News, and said Obama's lawlessness on illegal immigration that impacts American workers of all backgrounds and races, including legal immigrants, was the tipping point. After her announcement, a third of Americans a majority of Americans are for it. And Palin said the threat of impeachment can prevent Obama from acting more lawlessly. And if Obama goes ahead with more executive actions on illegal immigration by granting work permits to millions of more illegal immigrants, even more people will consider impeachment. She has said if more Americans learn that the Founders intended impeachment to be the ultimate check against a lawless executive, they would be in favor of it.