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Meaning of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" [Grounds for Obama Impeachment?]
Constitution.org ^ | Undated | Jon Roland

Posted on 06/02/2014 1:10:02 PM PDT by QT3.14

The question of impeachment turns on the meaning of the phrase in the Constitution at Art. II Sec. 4, "Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors". I have carefully researched the origin of the phrase "high crimes and misdemeanors" and its meaning to the Framers, and found that the key to understanding it is the word "high". It does not mean "more serious". It refers to those punishable offenses that only apply to high persons, that is, to public officials, those who, because of their official status, are under special obligations that ordinary persons are not under, and which could not be meaningfully applied or justly punished if committed by ordinary persons.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: abuse; crime; impeachment; obama
With the scandals involving the IRS, NSA, VA, Fast & Furious, the Bergdahl terrorist swap and by-passing Congress, how much more does it take?
1 posted on 06/02/2014 1:10:03 PM PDT by QT3.14
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To: QT3.14

Right, THOSE benchmarks for ‘high crimes, etc.’ are VERY far in the rear view mirror for THIS administration!!


2 posted on 06/02/2014 1:12:43 PM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: QT3.14

It takes enough members of Congress who are not Democrats uber allies and/or don’t have their face in Democrat butts to go forward. Not in this Congress; that’s for sure.


3 posted on 06/02/2014 1:15:56 PM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: QT3.14

Sorry, but the GOP has no backbone to impeach Obama and even less will to remove him from office.


4 posted on 06/02/2014 1:16:45 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: QT3.14

Nuthin’s gonna happen to Omugabe.

The RINOs are terrified of rioting Negros if they were so much as to issue him a parking ticket.

He can rob, rape, loot, pillage to his heart’s content.


5 posted on 06/02/2014 1:18:14 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Regulator
The RINOs are terrified of rioting looting Negros if they were so much as to issue him a parking ticket.

There. Fixed it.
6 posted on 06/02/2014 1:20:32 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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To: QT3.14
Brad Thor makes a good case for Bribery:

Negotiating With Terrorists: Inside the Capture and Release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

If the Haqqanis are going to do a prisoner swap, Haji Mali Kahn is unquestionably the person they’d ask for. They have been working day and night to get him returned. Yet his name wasn’t mentioned in regard to releasing Sgt. Bergdahl?

Perhaps they did ask for him. Maybe Kahn is such a bad guy that even the Obama Administration said, “absolutely no way.” If that were the case, the Haqqanis would simply default to asking for more money. That’s what they do. Eventually a price would be reached and a deal would be struck. So then why release the Afghan Taliban prisoners from Gitmo at all? Better yet, why was the U.S. even negotiating with the Quetta Shura when it was the Haqqanis who had Sgt. Bergdahl?

None of this make any sense- unless something else was going on.

If the Obama Administration did pay a ransom to the Haqqanis – through the Quetta Shura, the Pakistani ISI, or via a wealthy Middle Eastern Haqqani supporter acting as a middleman – the United States would have knowingly funded a terrorist organization. The United States would need a big fig leaf to hide that funding from the public and the Afghan Taliban/Quetta Shura would have gladly played along. They would have also made the United States pay through the nose for that cooperation. Judging by the list of terrorists the U.S. was forced to release, that’s one possible interpretation of what happened.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release raises many more questions than it answers. But will anyone in the mainstream media ask those questions? Will any of them discuss the recidivism rate of Gitmo detainees who, once released back into the wild, return to terrorism? How about the lives and limbs lost in the effort to capture those Gitmo detainees in the first place? What about the possibility that the Obama Administration may have directly funded a terrorist organization responsible for slaughtering American military personnel and countless innocent civilians?

7 posted on 06/02/2014 1:21:05 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Egad, don’t use the words, “impeach” and “Obama” in the same sentence.


8 posted on 06/02/2014 1:25:49 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Regulator

So, they want to keep the feral youth quiet so they can pretend they have “solved” the black crime problem in major cites. Got it.


9 posted on 06/02/2014 1:25:53 PM PDT by matt04
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To: QT3.14

A “High Crime” to me is ANY crime that is a Federal felony.


10 posted on 06/02/2014 1:31:57 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: QT3.14
The utter collapse of the U.S. Dollar....

RIots in the Streets

small potatoes like that...

barry has much more work to do...




11 posted on 06/02/2014 1:32:05 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: QT3.14

I believe I saw a headline where the Democrat members of the Benghazi Committee viewed their jobs as being “defensive”. Are they defending the American people? We pay their salaries. Obama and the Democrat Party don’t pay them. They don’t work for Obama or the Democrat Party.

If these Democrats are going to be Democrats before they are Americans, maybe we better just let them start paying for ALL the Democrats in the government.

It’s a hell of a deal to control government employees using money you take from people working in the private sector.


12 posted on 06/02/2014 1:33:49 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: QT3.14

Belling the Cat. (Aesop’s Fables)

Once upon a time, all the mice met, together in council, to discuss the best means of securing themselves against the attacks of the cat.

After several suggestions had been debated, a Mouse of some standing and experience got up and said, “I think I have hit upon a plan which will ensure our safety in the future, provided you approve and carry it out. It is that we should fasten a bell around the neck of our enemy the cat, which will, by its tinkling, warn us of her approach.”

This proposal was warmly applauded, and it had been decided to adopt it, when an old Mouse got upon his feet and said, “I agree with you all that the plan before us is an admirable one: but may I ask who is going to bell the cat?”

And the moral of this story is -

It is easy to propose impossible remedies.


13 posted on 06/02/2014 1:36:02 PM PDT by alloysteel (Selective and willful ignorance spells doom, to both victim and perpetrator - mostly the perp.)
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To: QT3.14

If they can’t impeach this bastard they might as well remove impeachment and treason from the Constitution.


14 posted on 06/02/2014 1:38:18 PM PDT by ZULU (https://www.facebook.com/freejustina)
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To: Old Yeller

Um, Thanks!


15 posted on 06/02/2014 1:38:41 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: QT3.14
Obama probably thinks that a high crime is any crime committed while stoned.

-PJ

16 posted on 06/02/2014 1:44:32 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: QT3.14

whether ‘we’ have a majority in Congress or not, somebody needs to file the impeachment paperwork anyway and get it on record.


17 posted on 06/02/2014 1:51:33 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: QT3.14

once again.....

Impeachment is NEVER EVER EVER EVER gonna happen. Not for Obama, Not for any President. Except maybe a Pubbie who’s unfortunate enough to have Democrat supermajorities opposing him.

It’s all about party loyalty, not what’s right for the country. And frankly the numbers just will never add up.

There’s a guy running around out there arguing that we should adopt the Parliamentary system, and one of his arguments is that Obama would surely have lost a no-confidence vote by now and he’d be gone. Structurally it just can’t happen with our current impeachment process (based as it is on the belief that Members of Congress would actually act on principle)


18 posted on 06/02/2014 2:02:56 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SMARTY

Reminds me of “St. Elsewhere” episode right before Anthony Edwards’ character gets raped in prison: “I graduated from nurses a long time ago”...


19 posted on 06/02/2014 2:07:37 PM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: QT3.14

Again. I’m moving to northern Italy to live out my life as an artist. No TV, no internet, no phone. My only material possession will be a carbon fiber race bike - a Wilier Zero7 w/full Campy Record.


20 posted on 06/02/2014 2:10:11 PM PDT by Eddie01 (Liberals lie about everything all the time.)
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To: All

I always thought “misdemeanor” meant bad behavior. But, it doesn’t matter. We’ve already been through this with Clinton. “It’s all about sex.” This time it would be “It’s all about race.”


21 posted on 06/02/2014 2:12:07 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: justlurking

Yes Haqqanis could have been bribed with money or perhaps something else as valuable as money. Like for example, outing the number one US spy in Afghanistan.


22 posted on 06/02/2014 2:13:36 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

The NSA has a lot on the rinos. But I pray just one would have the guts to come forward and say “You’re going to hear a lot about things I’ve done. Some are true. Some are not. But it doesn’t matter. I’m going after the s.o.b. because I do love my country.” Of course, first there would have to be one with guts. That would be like finding a righteous man in Sodom.


23 posted on 06/02/2014 2:16:34 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: justa-hairyape

If I was that number one spy I’d be on the next plane home.


24 posted on 06/02/2014 2:17:19 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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