Mr. Speaker, a Suggestion
Dear Mr. Boehner:
I have called the Speaker's Office numerous times petitioning you to present Articles of Impeachment against Barack Obama, Eric Holder and others. The response has always been a variation on the theme, "We don't have enough votes to get an Impeachment."
That statement is totally incorrect; you have the votes to achieve impeachment. Your problem was your perceived inability to get enough votes in the U. S. Senate to get a conviction.
Mr. Speaker, might I suggest that you have not considered using all the weapons in your arsenal. Every Senator takes an Oath of Office which states, "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."
The United States Constitution is precise in its wording of the Oath taken by the president. By Art. II Sec. 1 Cl. 8, the president must swear: "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."
"He is bound by this oath in all matters until he leaves office. No additional oath is needed to bind him to tell the truth in anything he says, as telling the truth is pursuant to all matters except perhaps those relating to national security. Any public statement is perjury if it is a lie, and not necessary to deceive an enemy."
"The first official impeached in this country was Senator William Blount of Tennessee for a plot to help the British seize Louisiana and Florida from Spain in 1797. The Senate dismissed the charges on Jan. 14, 1799, determining that it had no jurisdiction over its own members. The Senate and the House do, however, have the right to discipline their members, and the Senate expelled Blount the day after his impeachment."
I am unable to find any legal decision to uphold the contention that Congressmen or women are exempt from impeachment. It seems prudent to introduce Articles of Impeachment against Harry Reid for his Dereliction of Duty and simultaneously against Nancy Pelosi for violating her Oath of Office. While some might label such a course of action attempted coercion, it is in fact, solely an effort to determine conclusively who is liable to impeachment.
Article I, Section 2 without any clarification, elaboration or equivocation states, "The House of Representatives ... shall have the sole Power of Impeachment." The House of Representatives is the direct representative of the people. Who is better to decide those individuals whose conduct is inimical to the best interests of all Americans? Senator Blount was, after all impeached and no landmark case has been adjudicated to establish any other premise but that the House, as intended by the authors and signers of the Constitution has the authority to impeach any perceived malefactor in our government.
There is no logical reason to exempt Members of Congress from the laws under which The Executive and the Judiciary have taken freely an Oath to support, uphold and obey, The Constitution of the United States. It must be made perfectly clear that all those who choose government civilian service are no less subject to the law than are the loyal, courageous and less obvious members of the United States Armed Forces. Who are, incidentally held to an even higher standard than are the higher paid and less trustworthy members of the three branches of our Government.
Mr. Speaker, you have your work cut out for you by a shameful Senate, a disgraceful Executive and a few reprehensible Representatives with whom you must deal. America wishes you well.