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 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!