EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


August 27, 2013

Letter: Republicans keep looking for something to pin on Obama

To the editor:

Like so many buzzards circling a road kill and waiting for the traffic to ease up, some Republicans are crying out for the “impeachment of Obama”, as though he is guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Perhaps it all started with alleged scandals or the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or just plain hatred for the first black president in history. At any rate, so far the talk is going nowhere, for it would take a Republican Senate to find him guilty. Until the elections of 2014, nothing can happen unless Democrats become the minority in the Senate.

Looking desperately for the elusive “high crimes” standard, Republicans first asserted the wrongdoing and then set out to find the evidence to support their allegations: Benghazi, IRS, NSA and other lesser accusations. But so far the well has been dry, and those Republicans who are looking for impeachment findings are coming up empty-handed.

Past presidents, whose actions more closely resembled impeachment standards, escaped unscathed. President Reagan broke the law he himself signed that forbade the selling of weapons to Iran; and George W. Bush certainly was guilty of dereliction of duty for ignoring several warnings from intelligence months before 9/11 that Osama bin Laden was planning to attack the United States, the last on Aug. 6, 2001, that stated the threat in no uncertain terms. Even more impeachable was his administration’s repeated falsehoods regarding weapons of mass destruction as a reason to invade Iraq of which the consequences have been disastrous.

The hatred for our president is palpable in some quarters, avoiding color as justification by objecting to his policies as the reason for their rank disapproval. Yet, they have offered no alternatives to ACA, and some extremists would even shut down the government to avoid its implementation.

Obstruction of President Obama’s policies have not hurt Obama but have impinged on the recovery of the economy. And if Mitt Romney struck a sour note with his attitude toward the 47 percent, what can one expect from the likes of Sens. Ted Cruz or Rand Paul, should either find his way into the Oval Office in 2016.

Dante Ippolito


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