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Published: Saturday, Aug. 9 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

John Boehner may say that he is not going to pursue impeachment, but it should be painfully obvious by now that he has no control whatsoever over his caucus. How many times now has he had to withdraw a bill because his own people won't vote for it?

Salt Lake City, UT

"If carried through [an impeachment] to a successful conclusion, it would negate the will of the people as expressed in an election."

Well said. If the Republicans were to impeach Obama it would strain the unity of this country. And an impeachment and conviction would lead to rebellion in the streets. We socialists hope we are ready.

LOU Montana
Pueblo, CO

Let us show our weakness to our enemies by fighting amongst ourselves. China and Russia are loving our civil unrest. They are waiting for the slightest hit of a collapse. Why would we fail ourselves by impeaching our own President?

House Speaker John Boehner should be tried for treason for attacking one of our own soldiers who was held captive for five years. Now this impeachment grand standing is another fine act of his. He is trying to create civil unrest and doing his best to destroy this country. I am sure he picks up his government check every two weeks and enjoys the best healthcare WE can pay for. Why doesn't he just do his job and clean up the mess that he helped create?

Ogden, UT

What it should be but won't is fact!

Far East USA, SC

"To bandy about impeachment threats today as a political ploy is an insult to that history and a disservice to the electorate."

Surely to follow will be the discussion of "well, your side did it also"

Question to those on the right.

Do you believe Obama should be impeached?

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

The Democrats may be using talk of impeachment to fund raise, but they didn't start the discussion. Here is very partial list of Republicans discussing Obama's impeachment.

Mike Huckabee, Jim Tracy, Steve King, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Steve Scalise, Jason Chaffetz, Ted Yoho, Lou Barletta, Steve Stockman, Kerry Bentivolio, James Inhofe, Blacke Farenthold, Louie Gohmert and many of the AM conservative talk radio hosts.

The delusional wing of the extreme right has gotten so upset that the more rational members of the GOP have had to sue the President, in an attempt to placate the impeachment crowd.

Hayden, ID

How do you hold a lawless president accountable? Can't impeach him, can't sue him, congress can't stop him, even the SCOTUS can't desuade him! Obama is totally unaccountable! Perfect definition of a monarchy! This has happened in other countries and the result have ALWAYS been disastrous!

Pleasant Grove, UT

It's unfortunate that the proposed basis for impeachment has degenerated from "high crimes and misdemeanors" as envisaged by the Founding Fathers into "not doing things the way our party wants him to do them." None of the impeachment proponents have played the movie all the way to the end of the last reel, considering what full-blown impeachment proceedings would do to the country and our economy. Impeachment is really a nuclear-option to be reserved for a president who tries to be a dictator in the literal sense of the word, not something we drag out every time he issues an executive order we don't like in order to get around an obstructionist congress that's determined to bring ruin to the country in order to keep a president they don't like from having a successful presidency. Too many extremists would follow a scorched-earth policy, blocking everything Obama does no matter what the cost, and then want to cry "impeach him" when they fail.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

What do the citizens expect Congress to do with a President who openly violates his oath to protect and defend the Constitution? What do the citizens expect Congress to do with a President who refuses to enact the laws passed by Congress? What do the citizens expect Congress to do with a President who signs into law legislation that was passed illegally by the Democrats in Congress?

We have laws that govern government. One of those laws is that the President "shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." (Article II, Section 4).

We have a police force in every town in America whose job it is to collect facts about anyone who is suspected of committing a crime. We have courts that give a trial to anyone arrested. We have juries whose duty it is to decide whether the State presented sufficient evidence that a crime has been committed.

Why should the President be excluded from the system if there is evidence that he misused the powers of his office?

Bountiful, UT

The only reason the D-News is lamenting the talk about impeachment is because Democrats are deriving an advantage in fundraising via the energizing effect this subject has on the Democratic base.

Otherwise, the D-News and Republicans would quietly let the discussion pull Obama down, would look the other way.

Where was the D-News, where were reasonable Republicans, when the ridiculous "controversy" about Obama's birth certificate was the topic? It wasn't enough that the State of Hawaii repeatedly declared Obama was born in Honolulu. It took Obama releasing his actual hand written birth certificate, which of course was insufficient for the extreme conspiracy theorists, but it effectively ended the entirely out-of-hand faux controversy designed to de-legitimize the President.

Why should anyone think Republicans and the D-News are now high-minded idealists?


one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Good thing the tea party has ran its course.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

How many impeachable offenses has he done and not been. Belief is only what you can count on or depend on.

Salt Lake City, UT

RE: Mainly Me "Obama is a criminal ..."

Talk like this is driving permanent wedges into American society. Dangerous to the system? You bet.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Make sure Jason "impeachment is on the table" Chaffetz get the memo.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

It's already a proven track record for the GOP --

When you can't win on merits,
Can't win in elections or re-elections,
Can't win public opinion,
Can't win by shutting down the Government,
Then why not throw out the nuclear option and just trump up something
- anything -
and try impeachment.

And don't any of you think they won't,
They already have a proven track record,
it is exactly what they did with Bill Clinton.

Mcallen, TX

It would work great!

President serves three years, and everybody else two.

Too many decisions are based on re-elections. A big waste! Give others the chance to serve their country.

Political office is

LOU Montana
Pueblo, CO

@mountainman: Bush enjoyed his rein of terror and you cheered him on. Every time anyone spoke out against Bush and his actions it was like a scene form a old fascist move where storm troopers would smash them to the ground and drag them away. How do you like Homeland Security and the Patriot Act? The GOP praised Bush for these two direct hits to our constitution. Now you are awake and screaming foul at Obama?? Was you asleep during the glorious years of GW? Was you at the coliseum while Roam burned?

Anti Bush-Obama
Chihuahua, 00

One Vote

"Good thing the tea party has ran its course."

You wish. It's only going to get stronger.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Nothing is uniting democrats more and re-energizing their base while demoralizing the GOP's than this impeachment talk nonsense.

I have a feeling that the midterms aren't going to be very pretty for the repubs. Repubs have ticked off the wrong base.

Time to vote out all republicans and try the tea party for treason!

E Sam
Provo, UT

To all of you shouting "he's a tyrant!": you are aware that that's nonsense, right? He's a politician whose policies you disagree with. That's it. That's all. Ratchet down the rhetoric, if you really are a patriot.

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