Editor's note: This is the first of a three-part letter submitted by Belleville resident Don Wright expressing his opinion regarding President Barack Obama's use of executive powers. Parts two and three of this letter will be published here on Friday and Saturday of this week, respectively.
To the editor:
Should the President of the United States be impeached or removed from office for crimes against the people of the United States? The Constitution clearly lays out the framework for such an action to occur and, in fact, mandates that it be done if such offenses have occurred.
Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes Misdemeanors.
"I am committed against every thing which, in my judgment may weaken, endanger, or destroy (the Constitution)..., and especially against all extension of Executive power; and I am committed against any attempt to rule the free people of this country by the power and patronage of the Government itself"
"I, however, place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt ... I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple."
The Constitution defines actions for impeachment: treason, bribery, high crimes and misdemeanors in relation to a president and his oath of office.
Treason: "Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States."
The President of the United States with his officers appointed by him has provided tens of millions annually in aid to a terrorist organization, Hamas. Israel, our only true ally in the Middle East, is currently waging war to protect its sovereignty and security against this same terroristic regime that has been aided and abetted by this president. Hamas has used the money provided by this administration to equip, build and launch thousands of rockets into civilian areas of Israel with no concern for the loss of innocent lives. Concrete desperately needed for housing construction has been diverted to building tunnels from which they launch attacks on Israeli civilians.
Would this fall into the classification of giving aid and support to enemies of the United States? Hamas is after all a terrorist organization that has links and ties to al-Qaida, Hezbollah and others.
In another area, the president's immigration policy is nothing more than the destruction of this nation's sovereignty and security by endorsing this massive influx of illegal aliens and promising them amnesty. It smells of an open door policy. The following is an excerpt of an article that was written following Obama's immigration directives:
"The announcement was made by President Obama on Thursday, August 18, 2011. After bowing to pressure from immigrant rights groups, and keeping the 2012 elections in mind, Obama instructed the Department of Homeland Security not to deport any illegals who are in school, in the military, or responsible for the care of someone else.
This change of immigration policy pretty much gives amnesty to everyone who would have been covered by the Dream Act, which Congress was unable to pass in its chambers to become law of the land.
Nevertheless, the Dream Act was passed by Illinois state legislators and was signed by Governor Quinn on Aug. 2, further pegging Illinois as a safe and lucrative haven for illegal immigrants.
President Obama's move marked a major step for him. For months Obama had insisted that the laws as written by Congress must be followed.
Through the use of executive authority or fiat (an arbitrary order or decree), Obama has opened the backroom door, giving a pathway to citizenship to any illegal immigrants he so desires.
It is highly doubtful that Obama will stop with his current decree. Now that there is a crack in the door, it is likely that soon the door will be swung wide open.
Even if you support the Dream Act for students, how is it possible to sanction a presidential fiat that leaves our borders open for more to sneak in to take advantage of the benefits of citizenship, ignoring the fact that being illegal means individuals have broken the law just by being here?
Disrespect of the law can only lead to anarchy when enough of its citizenry rise up to protest the injustices toward them relative to the treatment and benefits received by those who are in a nation illegally, which siphons resources that could be used to benefit legal residents."
-Nancy Thorner, 8/20/11 via permalink.
Every American is now aware of the consequences of this highly questionable act on the part of the president. He has fully engaged his administration in processing this illegal surge and is actively giving aid and comfort to the same, using money that should be spent on Americans and is instead diverting it to those who have willfully broken our laws! Fully 70 percent of our Border Patrol agents are engaged in handling this massive wave of illegal immigrants, children and young adults that his "Dream Act" presaged. In fact, it has been reported that contracts were given covertly to various organizations years ago in preparation for this massive movement of illegals into this country.
Medical staff, control officers etc. that are assisting in this presidential man-made humanitarian crisis are forbidden to discuss the conditions of these children. It is known that many of them are sick, even with tuberculosis. One aide worker was threatened with imprisonment for revealing these conditions. She reported that one young female was covered with lice, infected with scabies and was coughing up blood. These children and young adults with them are being distributed to communities across this nation, with their destinations deliberately kept secret by this administration!