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Texas Republican Threatens Impeachment To "Tie Things Up"

by: Katherine Haenschen

Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 02:38 PM CDT

In case you still thought Republicans in Congress were interested in getting anything done that might help the American people, Republican Michael Burgess of Lewisville put that to rest earlier this week.

Burgess attended a meeting of the Northeast Tarrant County Tea Party, and spent most of the meeting defending his Yea vote on the debt-ceiling deal. Thankfully for Burgess, someone distracted the crowd with a question about whether or not Republicans should pursue impeachment, for the sole purpose of tying up government and preventing President Obama from getting anything done.

Because the Republican Congress hasn't been sufficiently spectacularly effective at that as of yet.

Per the Star-Telegram:

When one attendee suggested that the House push for impeachment proceedings against Obama to distract the president and keep him from getting things done, Burgess was immediately receptive.

"It needs to happen, and I agree with you it would tie things up," Burgess said. "No question about that."

Pretty clear: the Republican Party's priority for America is procedural delay, to prevent President Obama from doing anything that might actually help working or unemployed Americans. They don't really care about helping the people of our country, they just care about destroying the economy and hurting our nation to the point where they can recapture the Presidency. But hey, at least they basically admit that to their fringe Tea Party faithful!  


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He's already walked it back (1.67 / 3)

Tuesday, Burgess clarified what he meant for Dallas Morning News, saying he was "was trying to honestly answer [the attendee's] question." Burgess told the Morning News he wasn't really an advocate for impeachment, and then wedged the door open a little further:

   He added that there are more effective ways to tie up Obama's agenda through House procedures.

   However, Burgess said that had Obama exercised a provision of the 14th Amendment to unilaterally increase the debt ceiling, as some suggested the president do, impeachment proceedings were a possibility.

Burgess faced another unhappy crowd of constituents at Denton High School Tuesday night, which grilled him some more over the budget deal. According to a report in the Denton Record-Chronicle, Burgess got yet another impeachment question from the crowd, but wouldn't bite this time:

   Other questions touched on securing the borders, adhering closer to the Constitution, funding the wars, raising taxes, and comments Burgess made recently about impeaching President Obama as a way to tie up loose ends by procedural means. Amid more boos, Burgess skipped the questions and went on to address other comments made.

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Quite candidly, an impeachment proceeding would be the best thing ever to happen in this cycle for Obama's re-election prospects. And that includes anything Obama could possibly do for himself, like pick a progressive principle -- just one -- and actually fight for it.

Most of the establishment Republicans get that. Not Burgess, though.

Dude is so slow-witted that someone had to pull him aside and say: "Shut your piehole about impeachment before these freaks get pissed off at YOU for not following through on it".

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Tieing Up the President (4.00 / 2)
From reading The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein, some of Milton Friedman and The Law by Frederic Bastiat I have formed a basic understanding of how potent combining  economic zealotry, religious zealotry and crises (real or manufactured) can be in becoming potentialy transformative.

We have arrived at a historic juncture where preparation meets opportunity to be transformative. No tinkering around the edges, no traditional solutions, no status quo thinking or action is to be allowed.

Decades of combining Milton Friedman mixed with a little Ayn Rand (athiest, no matter) with right wing think tank working papers mixed with religious importunities to beome a country with Christian-centered values have been the preparation that has readied many to now take advantage of the opportunity that a perfect economic and political storm (crisis) affords to be economically, politically and culturally transformative.

In the midst of the quest by the far right to be transformative, President Obama is a side show. Really.

No one really knows what the limits or the meanings are of "smaller government," "lower taxes," "freedom," "strong national defense," "limited government," and "liberty." But "they" will know it when they see it.

What we are experiencing is a historic clash of visions.  The question is who is better prepared to take advantage of the current opportunity to be transformative.

Tieing Up the President (continued) (0.00 / 0)
I really should add that raising the impeachment prospect, like the debt ceiling crisis, is in keeping with creating crises in order to to sustain and nourish the opportunity to be transformative.  In a sense then, crises (sometimes real but more often manufactured as part of a strategy) are the in-your-face messages that the right wishes to sustain in order to take advantage of the opportunity to be transformative. The message is "see how really, really bad things are, but we are here to save you by the only means that is up to the job--radical transformation."

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