Skip to comments.Gingrich: Obama Sparks 'Constitutional Crisis,' Raises Impeachment Specter
Posted on 02/25/2011 1:36:45 PM PST by Red Badger
In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV Friday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said President Barack Obamas decision not to fully enforce the Defense of Marriage law has sparked a constitutional crisis as he has directly violated his constitutional duties by arbitrarily suspending a law.
Gingrich for the first time raised the specter of Obamas removal from office, noting that, if a President Sarah Palin had taken a similar action, there would have been immediate calls for her impeachment.
Obama Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday that the administration will not defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts, which has banned recognition of same-sex marriage for 15 years. President Clinton signed the act into law in 1996.
Obamas decision to forego a legal defense of the law has caused a firestorm of anger from conservative groups.
Gingrich slammed Obama for his decision, telling Newsmax that he is not a one-person Supreme Court and his decision sets a very dangerous precedent that must not be allowed to stand.
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I say just let Barry keep the hits on rolling. One article of impeachment after another.
Whatever it takes...
I agree with Newt but, at present, he’s just another private citizen with an opinion-I don’t see a “constitutional crisis”. FWIW, it does appear that Newt really, really wants to be the POTUS.
Then you ain't looking hard enough.
Doesn’t seem we have anyone in authority that is willing to do anything about this illegal alien....the more they do nothing the bolder he gets........
It’s good to be king...................
So what? That's not the same as not enforcing it. It just means they won't defend it in court. Fine. They aren't obligated. Gingrich's argument is nuts.
As for a President Palin, I hope she wouldn't send the justice dept. to defend, say, Obamacare in court. Same thing.
I don’t think an impeachment will ever happen. We either have to wait till 2012, or we can riot in the streets like they did in Egypt.
one-person Supreme Court
You’d think the Supremes are getting tired of Obama admonishing them in the SOTU, encroaching on their turf, and ignoring decisions from federal judges. Striking down Obamacare would send him a good message.
Seems link isn’t working.
Newt just jumped several rungs up the ladder for me! No one else has had the gonads to even challenge hussein, the usurper.
It’s just busy. Drudge has his siren up with a link to Newsmax, and it’s getting a lot of hits right now. Keep trying.
You Freepers better be careful what you wish for
exactly.... he uses the Constitution as bathroom tissue and the only ones that CAN stop it(from a government-follow-the-rules standpoint) sit there and wring their hands. he does what ever the he!! he wants....screw the people.
Striking down Obamacare has not, in fact, sent him any kind of message. He’s ignoring it.
Gingrich is a pimp.
Obama is not refusing to enforce the law. If he did so, I would support his removal.
Rather, he is exercising the independent judgement which is the right of EACH branch, in this case a judgement about what arguments in court by the Solicitor General are valid.
As soon as he commands the IRS to tax homosexuals pretending to be married at a lower rate, I’m right there.
But Presidents and Congress have been MUCH too deferential to the (nonexistent) power of judicial modification of the Constitution, and if rebelling against THAT is all he’s doing, I’m OK with it.
Just worked for me a second ago.............
Nice to see Newt listens to Rush: This was Rush’s monologue yesterday!!
He is the chief EXECUTIVE of the US. His job is to ENFORCE THE LAW.
Newt is running for President and wants to be relevant.
Biden would not purposely set out to destroy our Republic. He would likely replace all the O's communist, anti-Capitalist cronies. Obama is a cancer on our Republic. He has a seething hatred for all that has made America great. He lives to destroy the United States of America from within.
SCOTUS is apparently just riding the bench while the waters rise around us. Maybe they will do something to serve the Country unless riding the bench is their job nowadays. Whatever, I’m disappointed about the “checks and balances” I heard about in government classes.
Of course he is just ask him.
That’s fine. Let Newt be the one to throw the political ‘Molotov cocktail’ into the fray.
You are missing one essential point, zero stated he found the law unconstitutional, and, therefore, will not defend it in court. what part of he isn’t a pharoh to decide which laws he will or will not defend?
We have 3 branches of government - not zero’s one man rule.
When Newt addresses the subject of ‘impeachment’ on Hannity’s FNC show some night; THEN I’ll be impressed.
Hey Newt, what happened?? You went from schmoozing with San Fran Nan and endorsing Didi Scozzafava to actually taking a stand against Hussein!! Did the November vote send you back to your closet for your “conservative disguise?”
Impeachment would look politically motivated. Heck, everything does when our side tries to do the right thing. We need to find a way to hold him accountable and make him fulfill his constitutional duties, though. We need to do it in a way that puts egg on his face. Impeachment is not the answer, not in this media environment.
Isn’t Obama more or less doing the same thing with the immigration laws that are currently on the books?
It seems like Congress should step up and condemn Obama for the latest fiasco. On the other hand, ignoring laws seems common not matter who is POTUS. Of course, Obama has taken it one step more by publishing a decision to ignore and not support a specific law.
Obama wants an impeachment process. He wants to be “victimized” as Clinton was.
Then, with all due respect, you just don't get it.
Right, Just keep hammering the bum, and his goons. Keep them stirred up
“Generally speaking, a constitutional crisis is a situation in which separate factions within a government disagree about the extent to which each of these factions hold sovereignty.”
That’s one definition of a constitutional crisis, and it’s not the same thing as a breach or dereliction of a constitutional duty.
The Blaze is blocked as well...are we under cyber attack from the CommUnionistas?
The congress couldn’t get rid of Bill Clinton when they had him dead to right. Does Newt actually think this PC country would impeach the first real black president?
Gingrich is a coward and a fraud. He reminds me of a slightly less stupid version of Bill O’Reilly.
Here is Rep John Boehners Office Number 202-225-0600, I called his office on Wednesday when Odumbo stated the DOMA was unconstitutional. I informed him to reign in the idiot in the White House. As an American whom served in the military I will not stand behind an idiotic moronic imbecile in the White House. The same goes for idiot that is in the position as Attorney General named Eric(Dumbass)Holder (Odumbo’s stepbrother).
Lets find out all the idiotic Senators whom endorsed Holder to become the AG. If the state has recall election procedure, consider seeking the process to remove each and every Senator whom endorsed and voted for this AG whom is not even fit to be a dog catcher.
Is this the excellence of Harvard University Law School - Odumbo is the epitome of ignorance of the law. If he read the 14th Amendment the first paragraph includes the issue of natural birth citizenship, in the equal protection of the law - he would have read that he is inelgible to even be a president or a US Senator from Illinois) what do they teach at Harvard it is not the Constitution - Massachusetts needs to revoke the charter of harvard and take away Odumbo and Holders law licenses and law degrees.
Not only has Obama taken the Supreme Court, remember a few months ago he took over from the Congress when EPA enacted a law that the old Congress voted down.
I don’t think the sites are blocked, just busy. Hot topics and too much traffic, a cyber-bottleneck. Have patience!
Some dingbat lib lawyers on Hannity was trying justify Obama’s action on not defending this law in court.
Not defending this law is court is the same as not enforcing the law. Dumb lawyers are a dime a dozen.
Nobody is above the law. This implies that the law applies to everybody. This means that nobody, including the POTUS, can simply ignore laws that they don't like.
You have no clue what you are talking about.
“Striking down Obamacare has not, in fact, sent him any kind of message. Hes ignoring it.”
Not if the decision comes from the Supreme Court. They need to literally lay down the law with him. But, you’re right that he just ignores the rulings of any lesser courts. He considers himself above them. It will be a full blown constitutional crisis if he ignors the Supremes.
I just don’t think we would be hearing this from Newt, however, if he weren’t running for president. Based upon his past actions, this has to be a campaign conversion.
[I dont see a constitutional crisis. ]
Oh, it’s a constitutional crisis alright, but apparently, Americans don’t care unless the Democrat run media tells them to.