by Jerry Richardson 9/19/14
This is an invitation for reader comment. Please use the “Leave a Reply” section at the bottom to comment on any or all of the following questions, or related questions that you provide:
If it were known for certain that Obama was insane would he be impeached?
“Insanity is a mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot manage his/her own affairs, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior.” —Legal Insanity
Does the US Constitution provide for impeachment (involuntary removal) due to insanity? If so is insanity covered under the following Constitutional clause:
“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 and Misdemeanors.” —Article II, Section 4, US Constitution
Could political acts of bizarreness (strikingly out of the ordinary) ever legally construe insanity?
When does gross irresponsibility in political-office equate-to or become worse than insanity?
“Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, has warned that the U.S. must “treat Ebola as a wake-up call.”
Orient called the planned U.S. deployment a “dubious mission,” warning that the nightmarish scenario could bring Ebola to America.
“There is definitely a risk,” she said. “It seems irresponsible to send more people there when the ones already there are having trouble leaving. Probably anyone who has been exposed should be quarantined for 25 days since the last exposure.”
Orient echoed the concerns of Elaine Donelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, who told WND, “I’m just appalled. Judging from this, the United States seems to have a very confused vision of what ‘national security’ means.”
—Doctors: ‘Irresponsible’ to send troops to ‘combat’ Ebola
Is Obama completed inoculated against impeachment because he is the nation’s first black President?
If Hillary Clinton runs in 2016 and is elected, will she be inoculated against impeachment because she would be the first female President?
If Bobby Jindal were to run for President in 2016 and be elected, would he be inoculated against impeachment because he would be the first person of Asiatic-Indian decent to be elected President?
Is it time to amend the constitutional provision for Presidential impeachment to explicitly include the failure of a President to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States” as stated in his oath-of-office, or is that sufficiently covered under “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” in Article II, Section 4
“Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:–‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.’ ”
—Article II, Section 1, US Constitution
Has the House of Representatives approved lawsuit against President Obama been filed? Could it succeed? Is there a need for this legal mechanism?
“A pair of respected legal scholars gave credence to House Republicans’ plan to sue President Obama for exceeding his authority in implementing the Affordable Care Act, warning that such action is needed to defend the system of checks and balances from an “uber presidency.
“George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, speaking at a GOP-led House Rule Committee hearing, said the suit, which accuses Obama of materially altering his signature health care law without a congressional vote, is necessary to restore constitutional equilibrium among the branches of government.” —House Suit against Obama
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