Sick with the fever: Anti-Obama Americans are living in fantasy about impeachment
by The Anniston Star Editorial Board
May 06, 2013 | 4314 views |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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During a meeting with constituents in Auburn last week, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, was asked about the prospects of impeaching President Barack Obama.

Per the questioner, Obama is conducting his administration in ways that are “clearly illegal.” That being the case, the Auburn resident asked: When will Rogers and his Republican colleagues in the U.S. House commence impeachment proceedings?

The question is hardly original. Across the nation, many Americans live with the same baseless fears. The president is a non-citizen, a secret Muslim, despotic totalitarian, socialist schemer plotting the downfall of the United States.

These Americans are burdened with a fever that seemingly won’t break. They’ve broken faith with institutions that once stood as reliable sources to disabuse citizens of such nonsense. They don’t trust the news media, most politicians or even the facts before their very eyes.

They trust the sources that whisper (and often shout) the fantastic tales they want to hear: The president is out to destroy the Second Amendment (NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre); the president’s appointee to head the Defense Department is potentially treasonous (Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on war hero Chuck Hagel); and the president is “cleansing” the U.S. military of Christians (Fox News), to cite but three recent examples.

Republicans run a huge risk in tolerating this seething anger at the president. Of course, hatred of the nation’s 44th president generally helps the GOP at the ballot box. We find the summation of this strategy in the Republican literature that encourages supporters to, “Fight back, vote Republican.”

However, such an intense fire is hard to contain. As the flames climb, constituents begin to get restless. They ask, Why haven’t you impeached Barack Hussein Obama already? Which is the question posed to Rogers last week.

Points to the congressman for drawing a line in the sand.

“I share every frustration you’ve got,” Rogers told the questioner, “but in absence of him doing something more directly in violation of the Constitution ... we would be wasting time and energy when people care about the economy. ... That’s what people really want us to be focused on is jobs and the economy.

“The fact is we have to remember the man was elected by the majority of people in this country. I don’t understand it. It didn’t happen in my neck of the woods, but he was.”

That sort of bracing reality might be the best way to break the anti-Obama fever.
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