I’m surprised we haven’t heard more from our friends in Congress about Impeaching the President. I just kinda assumed those crazy cats would wait until Obama’s second term (assuming there is one – with the economy as it is this is no certainty) to move on Impeachment. But why no grumblings now? Has someone muzzled Representatives Broun, Hensarling, Hall, Gohmert, Myrick and the rest. How about Smokey Joe Barton, why the silence?
Maybe they’ll get their chance now;
Growing increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for a deal that would raise the debt ceiling, Democratic senators are revisiting a solution to the crisis that rests on a simple proposition: The debt ceiling itself is unconstitutional.
"The validity of the public debt of the
, authorized by law... shall not be questioned," reads the 14th Amendment. United States
"This is an issue that's been raised in some private debate between senators as to whether in fact we can default, or whether that provision of the Constitution can be held up as preventing default," Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), an attorney, told The Huffington Post Tuesday. "I don't think, as of a couple weeks ago, when this was first raised, it was seen as a pressing option. But I'll tell you that it's going to get a pretty strong second look as a way of saying, 'Is there some way to save us from ourselves?'"
By declaring the debt ceiling unconstitutional, the White House could continue to meet its financial obligations, leaving Tea Party-backed Republicans in the difficult position of arguing against the plain wording of the Constitution.
How about Bypassing the Tea Party Caucus on the Debt Ceiling? If the debt ceiling conflicts with the plain meaning of our Glorious Constitution, why not ignore it. As a matter of fact, one could argue that haven taken an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution that it is a duty to ignore the debt ceiling. This is true but remember the organizing principle of the Tea Party, which is:
What is Mine is Mine. What’s yours is Negotiable.
Deficit Reduction, Budget Cuts and Government Spending, the Tea Party believes is all theirs. If this power gets taken away, there may be hell to pay and by hell why not Impeachment? If a blow job caused a constitutional crisis for this cast of characters in the 1990s, I see no reason why this won’t cause one today. Besides, when the Teabaggers actually get around to reading the 14th Amendment, I bet a fair mess of ‘em will realize that they don’t particularly care for it. Sure some parts of the Constitution may have been divinely inspired, but others, we’ll learn, were not.
I wouldn’t put it past them to go the Impeachment route if their budget cuts are taken away.