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Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama's Impeachment

a book by Andrew C. McCarthy

(our site's book review)

Building the Political Case for Obama's Impeachment Is Easy If One Looks Objectively at the Evidence

The Amazon blurb says that We still imagine ourselves a nation of laws, not of men. This is not merely an article of faith but a bedrock principle of the United States Constitution. Our founding compact provides a remedy against rulers supplanting the rule of law, and Andrew C. McCarthy makes a compelling case for using it.

McCarthy isn’t proselytizing to the unsaved; he’s preaching to the choir, says Nicole Hemmer of U.S. News
McCarthy isn’t proselytizing to the unsaved; he’s preaching to the choir, says Nicole Hemmer of U.S. News

The authors of the Constitution saw practical reasons to place awesome powers in a single chief executive, who could act quickly and decisively in times of peril. Yet they well understood that unchecked power in one person’s hands posed a serious threat to liberty, the defining American imperative. Much of the debate at the Philadelphia convention therefore centered on how to stop a rogue executive who became a law unto himself.

The Framers vested Congress with two checks on presidential excess: the power of the purse and the power of impeachment. They are potent remedies, and there are no others.

It is a straightforward matter to establish that President Obama has committed “high crimes and misdemeanors,” a term signifying maladministration and abuses of power by holders of high public trust. But making the legal case is insufficient for successful impeachment, leading to removal from office. Impeachment is a political matter and hinges on public opinion.

In Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama's Impeachment, McCarthy weighs the political dynamics as he builds a case, assembling a litany of abuses that add up to one overarching offense: the president’s willful violation of his solemn oath to execute the laws faithfully. The “fundamental transformation” he promised involves concentrating power into his own hands by flouting law—statutes, judicial rulings, the Constitution itself—and essentially daring the other branches of government to stop him. McCarthy contends that our elected representatives are duty-bound to take up the dare.

President Obama committed high crimes and misdemeanors and he belongs in prison
President Obama committed high crimes and misdemeanors and he belongs in prison

Impeachment is a Vital Tool If the Rule of Law Is to Be Maintained

What are “High Crimes and Misdemeanors”?

Impeachment is rare in American history—and for good reason. As the ultimate remedy against abuse of executive power, it is politically convulsive. And yet, as the Framers understood, it is a necessary protection if the rule of law is to be maintained.

But what are impeachable offenses? There is widespread confusion among the American people about the answer to this question.

Article II of the Constitution lists treason and bribery, along with “other high crimes and misdemeanors" as the standard for impeachment. Despite what “crimes” and “misdemeanors” connote, the concept has precious little to do with violations of a penal code. Rather, it is about betrayal of the political trust reposed in the president to execute the laws faithfully and “preserve, protect and defend” our constitutional system, as his oath of office requires.

The United States Constitution has been abused greviously by both Dubya and Obozo and both should be behind bars
The United States Constitution has been abused greviously by both Dubya and Obozo and both should be behind bars

At the constitutional convention in 1787, the delegates concurred that the “high crimes and misdemeanors” standard captured the many “great and dangerous offenses” involving malfeasance, incompetence, and severe derelictions of duty that could undermine the constitutional order.

The Framers were clear that “high crimes and misdemeanors” involved misconduct that did not necessarily break penal laws; it might not even be considered criminal if committed by a civilian. It would apply strictly to “the misconduct of public men … or the abuse or violation of public trust,” as Alexander Hamilton put it. “High crimes and misdemeanors” are of a purely political nature as they “relate to injuries done immediately to the society itself.”

To be clear, “high crimes and misdemeanors” is not a standard conceived for normal law enforcement. It applies instead to oath, honor, and trust—notions that are more demanding of public officials than the black and white prohibitions of criminal law.

While the standard is high-minded it is not an abstraction. The Framers were very clear: betrayals of the constitutional order, dishonesty in the executive’s dealing with Congress, and concealment of dealings with foreign powers that could be injurious to the American people were among the most grievous, and impeachable, high crimes and misdemeanors.

The rule of law is a sham if lawlessness is rampant among those who govern. This was the deep political truth that the Framers of this country recognized in the providing for the impeachment of an errant executive
The rule of law is a sham if lawlessness is rampant among those who govern. This was the deep political truth that the Framers of this country recognized in the providing for the impeachment of an errant executive

Above all, the Framers had in view the president’s oath of allegiance to our system of government, a system in which the president’s highest duty is faithful execution of the laws. The mere attempt to subvert the constitution would be a breach of trust that warranted impeachment and removal.


The Rule of Law Is a Sham If Lawlessness Is Rampant Among Those Who Govern—Like Obozo

A free country requires the rule of law. But the rule of law is a sham if lawlessness is rampant among those who govern. This was the deep political truth that the Framers of this country recognized in the providing for the impeachment of an errant executive. It is a truth that we ignore at our peril.

Obama wants you to believe I AM NOT A CROOK, but you know better—he should have been impeached!
Obama wants you to believe I AM NOT A CROOK, but you know better—he should have been impeached!

Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama's Impeachment Author Q&A

You are a well-known conservative commentator – how would you answer the accusation that Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama's Impeachment is just a partisan stunt?

McCarthy: Well, ‘conservative’ does not mean ‘Republican’—in fact, the book is not very flattering when it comes to GOP fecklessness in the face of the president’s lawlessness. But the main point is: Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama's Impeachment argues against partisan hackery. I analyze the legal case for impeachment as a former prosecutor who would not go to court without a sufficient case. And as far as the politics goes, I argue that, despite the sizable majority Republicans hold in the House, articles of impeachment should not be filed unless and until there is a strong public will to remove the president from power—one that transcends party lines.

The biggest stumbling block to removing corrupt presidents like Obozo is that the Left hates freedom, the United States Constitution, freedom of speech, whites, the United States, our ancestors, and would be happy to flush the politically incorrect Founders right down the toilet, but they love Obozo since he agrees with the Left
The biggest stumbling block to removing corrupt presidents like Obozo is that the Left hates freedom, the United States Constitution, freedom of speech, whites, the United States, our ancestors, and would be happy to flush the politically incorrect Founders right down the toilet, but they love Obozo since he agrees with the Left

Many Republicans say an effort to impeach Barack Obama is political suicide for the Republican Party. How do you respond to this?

McCarthy: The failure to pursue impeachment is likely to be suicide for the country, which is much more important than the political fate of the Republican Party. But, again, making the case for impeachment—which would probably help not only Republicans but any elected official who defends our constitutional framework—is not the same as moving forward with articles of impeachment, which should not happen absent public support.

How does the case for Barack Obama’s impeachment compare to the campaigns to impeach Nixon and Clinton?

Nixon, I am not a crook—but he was
Nixon, I am not a crook—but he was


Clinton, lying through his teeth about having sex with Monica
Clinton, lying through his teeth about having sex with Monica

McCarthy: Obama’s presidency is a willful, systematic attack on the constitutional system of separation of powers, an enterprise that aims to bring about a new regime of government by executive decree. This is exactly the kind of subversion the Framers designed the impeachment power to address. The Nixon and Clinton episodes involved misconduct that did not aim to undermine our constitutional framework.

You describe impeachment as a political and not a legal remedy. What’s the distinction?

McCarthy: Legally speaking, a president may be impeached for a single offense that qualifies as “high crimes and misdemeanors”—a breach of the profound public trust vested in the president, a violation of his constitutional duty to execute the laws faithfully. But real impeachment requires the public will to remove the president from office. You can have a thousand impeachable offenses, but without that political consensus, impeachment is not an appropriate remedy.

Obozo lied all the way through his 8 years in office
Obozo lied all the way through his 8 years in office

The Rule of Law Is a Sham If Lawlessness Is Rampant Among Those Who Govern—Like Obozo; See for Yourselves:

When Obozo received congressional subpoenas and Freedom of Information requests, he responded with redacted documents that were basically a way to give the finger to Congress and reporters
When Obozo received congressional subpoenas and Freedom of Information requests, he responded with redacted documents that were basically a way to give the finger to Congress and reporters


Where do Obozo's sympathies lie? They don't lie with America—they lie with Islam
Where do Obozo's sympathies lie? They don't lie with America—they lie with Islam; see The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America

As Long As the Media Gives Cover to the Lawlessness, No Public Support for Impeaching Obozo Is Possible

If you weren't ashamed of Obozo prior to reading this, you surely will be once you are done. The problem isnt simply co-conspirator Democrats in the Senate who would turn a blind eye to anything their President chose to do: it's the co-conspirator media that won't accurately report what is happening. As long as the media gives cover to the lawlessness, no public support for impeachment is possible. Trump committed 0 federal crimes, Hillary over 100, according to the Justice Department. So they investigated Trump about his 0 crimes and ignored Hillary's 100+ crimes, in the media, in the FBI, and in the Justice Department. This tells you everything you need to know about our corrupt, Obozo's-ass-kissing government. See Witch Hunt: The Story of the Greatest Mass Delusion in American Political History.

Obama's administration had no scandals reported in the leftist mainstream media because Obozo was their darling: untouchable, infallible, Teflon, and butter wouldn't melt in his mouth
Obama's administration had no scandals reported in the leftist mainstream media because Obozo was their darling: untouchable, infallible, Teflon, and butter wouldn't melt in his mouth

Andrew C. McCarthy, the author, lays out all the Constitutional laws president Obama has broken by sidestepping Congress and using his power of Executive Order to illegally make new laws or enforce our existing laws as he best sees fit. The reason Obozo wasn't impeached has to do with race relations in this country. Fear of being labeled a racist stops our politicians from doing their jobs. But you can bet the liberal media would brand every single participant a racist, just as an act of political corruption. It will take us decades to restore the damage done to America and the World by Obama!

McCarthy shows what the founding fathers were most worried about in a president who ignores his responsibilities and arrogantly uses his powers to achieve his own goals while scorning the Constitution and the Congress. If Obozo had really ended up in an impeachment trial, one thing is positive: Obozo would do what he had done in the election—play the race card at every opportunity.

If Obozo had really ended up in an impeachment trial, one thing is positive: Obozo would do what he had done in the election—play the race card at every opportunity
If Obozo had really ended up in an impeachment trial, one thing is positive: Obozo would do what he had done in the election—play the race card at every opportunity

This book makes an excellent case for the impeachment of Obama. But it also points out that even though the grounds for impeachment are nearly as abundant as the stars in the sky, it won't happen since the majority of the electorate still unknowingly support this corrupt man. Obama came into office promising the "most transparent in American history." That promise, along with every other, has been slashed and burned by Obama himself. And the mainstream media has supported Obozo through thick and thin in spite of the fact they are supposed to be objective and nonpartisan. The public has gotten partisan propaganda about Obozo for eight years in a row regardless of his ugly racist, anti-American, pro-Muslim, dictatorial actions. So they mostly thought he was great because the media said he was.


The U.S. Has Become a Surveillance Society Like in Orwell's 1984

The U.S. has become a surveillance society like in Orwell's 1984. WE cannot recollect being consulted on such a radical step!
The U.S. has become a surveillance society like in Orwell's 1984. WE cannot recollect being consulted on such a radical step!


The NSA is the thought police, attempting to force the politically correct liberal narrative on the unwilling public, catching the anti-PC—we can thank both Dubya and Obozo for this curse
The NSA is the thought police, attempting to force the politically correct liberal narrative on the unwilling public, catching the anti-PC—we can thank both Dubya and Obozo for this curse

The U.S. has become a surveillance society like in Orwell's 1984 under Obozo's reign. WE cannot recollect being consulted on such a radical step! WE cannot recall being allowed to vote on the matter! What kind of democacy goes fascist without our consent—the consent of the governed? The ugly answer is: an oligarchy, NOT a democracy. See:

Our rights are eroding, idiotic and brainwashed leftists are denying conservatives the right to speak, we are watching privacy vanish in a puff of NSA magic, we let fake news and Russia determine our election outcome. Obama, Dubya, and Trump were or are spying on us all and Big Brother is watching us. What's next, shower spy flies?

Fly #353242252 reporting: Citizen #312,756,972 doesn't seem to be hiding a thing—my conclusion is that she's clean; but just to be sure I think I'll hang around a bit longer!
Fly #353242252 reporting: Citizen #312,756,972 doesn't seem to be hiding a thing—my conclusion is that she's clean; but just to be sure I think I'll hang around a bit longer!

The Man Who Would Be King

"The Framers of our Constitution fully anticipated that a president could fail to honor his core duty to execute the laws faithfully — could fail to meet his basic fiduciary obligations to the American people. Viewing the Obama presidency through the prism of these constitutional norms, Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama's Impeachment argues that we are experiencing a different kind of presidential lawlessness than our nation has ever known: a systematic undermining of our governing framework, willfully carried out by a president who made no secret of his intention to 'fundamentally transform the United States of America.' . . . Well, the constitutional framework he is undermining enshrines two core principles: separation-of-powers and accountability.

President Obama presumed the power to decree, amend, and repeal laws as he saw fit, effectively claiming all government power as his own—this is the type of tyranny Kings rule with
President Obama presumed the power to decree, amend, and repeal laws as he saw fit, effectively claiming all government power as his own—this is the type of tyranny Kings rule with; Note that when Obozo did these things, the media and government were silent, but when Trump did the same stuff (mostly just undoing Obozo's illegal executive orders), the media and government were in an uproar

"The first is the foundation of a free society. President Obama presumes the power to decree, amend, and repeal laws as he sees fit, effectively claiming all government power as his own. But as James Madison, the principal author of our Constitution, put it, 'The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands . . . may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.' And so it is." (Source: Faithless Execution, Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review)

"Mr. McCarthy points out that it is the president’s duty 'to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, which includes those with which he disagrees on policy grounds.' In his oath of office, Mr. Obama vowed, 'to best of my ability, to preserve protect and defend the Constitution of the United States' He cites a number of cases in which the president did not 'faithfully execute' laws. Among these are the 'waivers' and rewritings by Mr. Obama of Obamacare. Another was his 2012 executive order to grant de facto 'amnesty' to illegal aliens who had come to the United States under age 18. While many laud the concept, actively doing it by fiat, in the face of existing law, constitutes a failure to execute the laws of the nation, according to the author. He concludes, 'The failure to execute the laws faithfully is a high crime and misdemeanor. Systematic faithlessness in this regard imperils our system and our liberties.'" (Source: BOOK REVIEW: 'Faithless Execution', Peter Hannaford, Washington Times)

"As Andy demonstrates in meticulous detail, President Obama has systematically undermined our system through his egregious pattern of lawlessness and disregard for the Constitution. Instead of honoring the rule of law, he has become the ruler of law. By usurping and abusing power, he has imperiled our separation of powers and our federalist system and thus our structure of limited government, on which our liberties depend. As you can see, this is not about judging Obama and punishing him for wrongdoing as you would a criminal. It's about preserving our form of government and thus our liberties from his systematic threats." (Source: Andy McCarthy's 'Faithless Execution' about building a case to impeach Obama, David Limbaugh, Washington Examiner)

Soon the racist Black Lives Matter cult will be convincing Antifa and Leftist activists to chop down monuments and statues of slave owners
Soon the racist Black Lives Matter cult will be convincing Antifa and Leftist activists to chop down monuments and statues of slave owners; NOTE: Slave owning was common among early presidents; of the first twelve presidents, only John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams never owned slaves, although two of the others (Martin Van Buren and William Henry Harrison) did not own slaves while serving as president. The U.S. president who owned the most slaves was Thomas Jefferson, with 600+ slaves, followed by George Washington, with 200 slaves.
Some slaves were treated decently, but some got abuse, flogging, whipping, etc. Some were happy to have a job and be looked after, but others were miserable from the abuse and they ran away
Some slaves were treated decently, but some got abuse, flogging, whipping, etc. Some were happy to have a job and be looked after, but others were miserable from the abuse and they ran away


Sometimes slaves ran away because they were tired of being abused—they should never have been snatched from Africa in the first place . . . it was immoral and unfair; however, in 2020 slavery affects more than 40 million people worldwide—more than at any other time in history
Sometimes slaves ran away because they were tired of being abused—they should never have been snatched from Africa in the first place . . . it was immoral and unfair; however, in 2020 slavery affects more than 40 million people worldwide—more than at any other time in history

Multiple surveys of U.S. public opinion found that the clear majority of Americans rejected the idea of impeaching Obama, while a majority of Republicans were in favor; for example, CNN found in July 2014 that 57% of Republicans supported these efforts while about two thirds of adult Americans in general disagreed with them. (Source: Efforts to impeach Barack Obama, Wikipedia)

Obozo is responsible for the elevation of sharia blasphemy standards over free speech. Obozo never did like either the Constitution or free speech, and neither do the leftists who believe the conservatives have no free speech rights and the Constitution applies only to liberals. As you can see, millions of liberals utterly flunked history and civics, or never took them to begin with, since schools today are dogmatic propaganda pushers pushing the liberal narrative and demonizing everything American and conservative and everything about our Founders. These Leftists are removing statues of confederate officers, renaming military bases named after confederate officers, renaming various streets and plazas after Black Lives Matter, and more. It is a good thing that Fox News balances things by telling the other side of the story to help stop the liberals' madness, destruction, harrassment of conservatives, and overdone political correctness that 80% of Americans disagree with. See Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture.

The conservatives need to help stop the liberals' madness, destruction, harrassment of conservatives, and overdone political correctness that 80% of Americans disagree with—they are wrecking our laws, government, media, academia, and Hollywood
The conservatives need to help stop the liberals' madness, destruction, harrassment of conservatives, and overdone political correctness that 80% of Americans disagree with—they are wrecking our laws, government, media, academia, and Hollywood