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Posted by: thepinetree on 11/20/2023 02:09 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 11/20/2023 02:09 PM
Expires: 01/01/2028 12:00 AM
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Redefining Impeachment is a Perilous Path for Conservatives By Congressman Tom McClintock

Washington, DC...As Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas has carried out the Biden administration’s open borders policy and deliberately produced the worst illegal mass migration in history. Since he took office, he has released three million illegal immigrants directly into the country, a population the size of Arkansas. And while the Border Patrol has been occupied changing diapers and taking names, an additional 1.7 million known got-aways have entered as well – an additional illegal population the size of Hawaii. The impact on schools, hospitals, homeless shelters, working families’ wages, social programs, law enforcement, national security and has been catastrophic.




In response, many are demanding Mayorkas’ impeachment for “failing to maintain operational control of the border,” as Marjorie Taylor Greene’s resolution puts it.

He is certainly guilty of that and more: maladministration, malfeasance, and neglect of duties on a truly historic scale.

But these are not impeachable offenses. We know this because the American Founders specifically rejected these terms at the Constitutional Convention. As Madison explained, they feared that such imprecise grounds could be twisted into a weapon for political grievances and turned against the executive branch whenever Congress saw fit. This would make the President a mere minister of Congress, utterly destroying the separation of powers at the heart of the Constitution.

They chose, instead, very specific and limited charges of “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” True, many politicians through the centuries have tried to pervert the term “high crimes and misdemeanors” into a similarly vague definition. But the Founders would not have substituted one vague term for another. Thus, we are left with the plain meaning of the phrase: clearly defined crimes related to the duties of the office.

If Greene is successful in redefining impeachment, then the next time Democrats have the majority, we can expect this new definition to be turned against the conservatives on the Supreme Court and any future Republican administration. And there will be nobody to stop them, because Republicans will have signed off on this new and unconstitutional abuse of power.

We must never allow the left to become our teachers. Theirs is a world of strictly situational ethics antithetical to our Constitution and the rule of law. I vigorously opposed the sham impeachments of Donald Trump for exactly the same reason.

What is the practical effect of impeaching Mayorkas, other than assuring that Republicans will have no defense when a future Democrat majority turns this new definition against them? Even in the delusional fantasy where 2/3 of the Senate removes him, the same policies will remain in place as long as the Biden/Harris administration holds office. This crisis was set in motion by voters who elected them and can only be fixed by voters replacing them with a President determined to secure the border, as Donald Trump did. Elections have consequences – sometimes terrible consequences – and this is one of them.

The only cabinet secretary ever impeached was Ulysses Grant’s Secretary of War, for running a family bribery scheme. The House Oversight committee is painstakingly assembling evidence that suggests the Bidens may have been doing exactly that for decades. Such a serious inquiry can only have legitimacy and credibility if the rule of law is respected and the constitutional guardrails are observed. By taking the Mayorkas impeachment directly to a vote without abiding by the requirements of due process or respecting constitutional constraints, Greene is tainting this serious impeachment inquiry with a shoot-from-the-hip stunt that is reckless, partisan and unserious.

In Robert Bolt’s “A Man for All Seasons,” William Roper vows to “cut down every law in England” to get at the Devil. Sir Thomas More replies, “Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!”

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No Subject
Posted on: 2023-11-20 14:38:18   By: Anonymous
 
If what Biden and Mayorkas have done isn't considered treason, I don't know what is ! McClintock has become a RINO ! Time for a new rep with a set of balls.

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    Rino?
    Posted on: 2023-11-21 10:57:05   By: Anonymous
     

    NOT EVEN A "RINO"
    JUST PUT A "D" BEHIND HIS NAME,
    (D FOR DUMBASS)
    Right Justified Text


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Posted on: 2023-11-20 14:44:07   By: Anonymous
 
The racist, bigoted, corrupt, liberal democrats...you know them, the ones who embrace Hamas Terrorist for killing men, women and children. Even cutting the fetuses out of the women who were still alive, cutting the children's heads off in front of the family and raping women in front of them. These corrupted Dems opened our borders hoping to have illegal immigrants the right to vote. It's already on the docket in NYC. Did you also notice that mayor Adam's place was raided by the FBI? The reason is because after getting 100,000 illegals bussed to his city he has really found out just how expensive illegal immigrants can be, let alone the crimes they've committed. So he's speaking out more and more against Biden, and as we ALL KNOW , BIDEN IS USING THE FBI AND DOJ AND IRS AS HIS PRIVATE GUSTAPO!!!
I agree with the first poster, Tom's time has come, and just Impeaching Biden isn't enough, he needs to be charged with his crimes as well as his son, and his brother, and his wife with the millions of Dollars they have made, banked and paid no taxes on. After all, that's how they got Capone, and the most corrupt POTUS in history is also compromised, he's taken money, AS IN MILLIONS, FROM OUR ENEMIES.
IT'S TIME MCCLINTOCK TOOK LEAVE.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2023-11-20 15:00:12   By: Anonymous
 
Tom’s time is coming to an end on the coattails of Trump. Most thoughtful America s are tired of the noise and name calling from do nothing Repubs. The truth is immigrant numbers are down compared to the Trump years but you’ll never hear that on FOX.


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    Posted on: 2023-11-20 15:14:19   By: Anonymous
     
    I'd rather have name calling then Biden taking millions from our adversaries, using our FBI, DOJ as his private police as he has also trampled on our Constitution and our Rights. Not only that, his stupidity, his open borders, every single thing he's done has hurt Americans, has taken thousands of dollars from our pockets, between the cost of gas, energy, rent, credit card debt is highest ever, grocery prices, National Security, Abandoning thousands of American citizens, started two Wars and the list goes on and on and on. Biden incoherently tries to talk, embarrassing our country even further, and says Bidenomics is working and still wants to raise taxes. A president who can't take questions from the press WITHOUT having the question in advance and without having to read his answer that his team typed up. This POTUS can't even say two sentences together without losing his train of thought, a POTUS who's taken more time off then any POTUS in our entire history, because he's too old and incompetent. What does that tell you about the fools who voted for him, and NOW they have their remorse because every month more and more of those who voted for a senile, old, weak, feeble, idiot for president have left his side and his approval rating is the LOWEST EVER.

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    Posted on: 2023-11-21 13:39:59   By: Anonymous
     
    OK....now tell us where you got your facts from........probably the National Inquirer, or maybe CNN (Both the same) ! LOL Keep drinking the Kool aid

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No Subject
Posted on: 2023-11-20 15:03:33   By: Anonymous
 
Meanwhile, new speaker Mike Johnson says God is going to punish us if we don’t repent. Guess the GOP has forgotten one of the basic tenets of our democracy, the separation of church and state.


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    Re:
    Posted on: 2023-11-20 15:47:14   By: Anonymous
     
    That has nothing to do with church and state ya idiot.

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    Posted on: 2023-11-21 09:40:21   By: Anonymous
     
    Yup. Maybe it's time Republicans stop putting people in charge who are preparing for the rapture.

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Another article trying to complement Biden
Posted on: 2023-11-20 15:46:20   By: Anonymous
 

Biden turns 81, setting new record as oldest prez while staffers think up ways to protect him from stumbles ahead of 2024 election.

"President Biden will mark his 81st birthday Monday by forgiving turkeys — as his insiders reportedly ramp up their own operation dubbed “Bubble Wrap” to protect the oldest-ever president from his regular stumbles."

"Still, the focus remains firmly on Biden’s age — with insiders telling The New York Times that the focus on trying to protect the oldest-ever president from tripping or falling during his reelection campaign is jokingly being called operation “Bubble Wrap.”

“He doesn’t look and speak the part,” John B. Judis, a longtime political strategist and author, told the Times. “He’s not a commanding or charming presence on a presidential or presidential election stage,” Judis noted.

“I think a lot of voters and young people in particular who are not at all put off by his political positions or accomplishments are put off by his utter failure as a regal persona,” Judis said.

Biden, the Bumbling, Bubble Wrapped President who's physical stamina of a 3 year old. 🤣😂🤣




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    Re: Another article trying to complement Biden
    Posted on: 2023-11-21 09:30:14   By: Anonymous
     
    He'd take Donnie Boy in a 3 round box off. Jab and dance, jab and dance. Ol' Slugfoot Donnie Boy would be gassed in the first 45 seconds. Then Joe would mess up his head mat, and it'd be over. TKO Jabbin' Joe Biden!!

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      Re: Another article trying to complement Biden
      Posted on: 2023-11-21 10:52:02   By: Anonymous
       
      Bold Text
      ONE PUNCH DONNIE WOULD BREAK THE NECK
      OF THAT FEEBLE DOTARD 💩 🤯

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No Subject
Posted on: 2023-11-20 16:07:23   By: Anonymous
 
Hey dude, Biden is so much better then Trump. Our economy isn't bad, and just look how Biden manhandled President Xi. President Biden will kick Trump's ass too, those polls showing Biden's numbers are all fake, every single Democrat in Congress stands behind Joe's incredibly popular and successful policy since day one. He's hands down the best president we've had in decades.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2023-11-20 20:00:00   By: Anonymous
     
    ^^ You better lower your dosage of psychedelic mushrooms.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2023-11-20 20:07:20   By: Anonymous
       
      Yeah Joe's polls show it. Hahahahahahahahahaha

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2023-11-20 23:28:50   By: Anonymous
         
        So, yes Tom has stayed at the party to long!
        1. Failure to uphold his oath of office.
        2. Has lied to Congress.
        3. Is the biggest human and child trafficker globally.
        4. Is responsible for American citizens deaths.
        5. Is responsible for issuing illegal orders to federal
        employees.
        6. Has broken federal law.
        Just to name a few. So really, that’s not impeachable?
        Tom is NOT representing his constituents! Time to stay goodbye!!

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2023-11-21 07:31:28   By: Anonymous
           
          TIME TO STAY

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          Re: time to stay goodbye
          Posted on: 2023-11-21 07:41:59   By: Anonymous
           
          Proofread before you post.
          Just because you list information doesn't make it a fact.
          Pretty hard to identify any single person, or agency that is the largest reason for human trafficking.
          If you've ever traveled to Asia, or even Latin America or Africa, you've seen the exploited migrant worker. Go to Europe and you'll see it as well.
          Living in California, we see Latinos and Asian workers by the thousands doing menial labor. Jobs that US citizens no longer do.
          European and African workers also come by the thousands to work.
          Focusing on illegal immigrants is a Right Wing excuse to ignore the legal slave trade that has been taking place all across the globe.

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            Re: time to stay goodbye
            Posted on: 2023-11-21 09:34:17   By: Anonymous
             
            If its time for Tom Turkey to leave, got to convince the Republicants here in one of the conservative footholds of the Sierra Foothills. That'd be Calaveras County home of the inbredus Republis dooficitus. Look around at all the Trump 2024 signs, and it'll become apparent. Trump rules this county and its ignorant Republican base. They think the alphabet starts with d-u-h and ends with h-u-h.

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              Re: time to stay goodbye
              Posted on: 2023-11-21 20:39:36   By: Anonymous
               
              Yeah, SO!

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