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The following passage is adapted from Faithless Execution: Building the Case for Obama’s Impeachment.
Impeachment is rare in American history. Our last experience of it was an unhappy one: the effort to remove President Bill Clinton from office. That is why, notwithstanding President Barack Obama’s unapologetic lawlessness, the mere mention of impeachment—the constitution’s ultimate response to executive lawlessness—provokes shrieking … and not just from the president’s supporters.
One aspect of our overwrought aversion to impeachment is practical. The Clinton misadventure is misunderstood. The lesson is not that impeachment is never appropriate; it is that impeachment is essentially a political remedy, not a legal one. Clinton’s conduct, while reprehensible, did not involve core presidential responsibilities, so the public was unconvinced that removal was warranted. Absent public will to remove a president, it is a mistake to file articles of impeachment even if impeachable offenses have been committed.
But what are impeachable offenses? This is a second aspect of our aversion to impeachment: the widespread confusion, even ignorance, about “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
The upshot of my book is not a blood-curdling scream for President Obama’s impeachment. I want to be clear about that. My book argues, and I argue that the best thing for the country would be to induce President Obama to become lawful, that to follow his oath, to faithfully execute the laws and to finish his term that way. I don’t want to be in a country where just because you’re ideologically opposed to the president, that means that we need to impeach the guy. And I don’t begrudge the President having a very different vision for America than I have. What I begrudge him is that he’s going about implementing it lawlessly. And presidential lawlessness is something that’s very important not only in terms of protecting our liberties, but it’s not something that’s a partisan, or should be a partisan issue. The precedents that Obama is setting, the erosion of the separation of power that he is laying the groundwork for is going to be a precedent that’s going to be there for every single president. And every president that comes after Obama is not going to be a liberal Democrat. — Andrew C. McCarthy on The Hugh Hewitt Show, June 5, 2014