I would love little more than seeing Obama impeached, tried for treason, and marched off the world stage in a snazzy orange jumpsuit. Realistically, though, that’s not the best thing that can happen and could arguably be among the worst things Republicans do (this is barring anything downright insane like his anointing himself Grand Dear Leader Führer Fabulous).
As of now, since the mid-term GOP wave election, Obama has threatened executive action on both amnesty and net neutrality. On the one hand, he’s a rabid ideologue who believes in both; however, he’s had six years to use his pen and his phone on these and other issues near and dear to his commie heart. So why now and why the threat instead of the action?
A couple of reasons, and yes, they are political, and more than that, they are rooted in Obama’s Alinsky training and mindset. Remember Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals Rule 9? It goes like this:
RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)
And don’t forget, a key part of the Alinsky script was for unions to act so outrageously–threatening to “take over” steel plants, etc.–that when the besieged plant owner or manager responded, they overreacted. This overreaction is what the Alinskiites seek; it’s what provides them cover and what moves public opinion in their favor. That’s Rule 10:
RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)
Now, to many of us, impeaching Obama is not an overreaction; indeed, if you’re like me, you believe it should have happened when Fast and Furious first came to light or when he let an American ambassador and three other Americans (two of whom were heroes) die in Benghazi. Or any of a hundred other times this POS has shat on the Constitution of these United States.
But believe it or not, any attempt to impeach Obama at this stage will make him the martyr messiah he so longs to be. The midterms do more than suggest that America is sick and tired of the division, the race-baiting, the identity politics; the Democrats are decimated for now and the foreseeable future (what do they have? Tired old Hillary, clinging to her–and Obama’s–regressive dystopic nightmare and to her husband’s faux centristm? Radical lunatic Faucohauntus Warren?). Democrats across the nation are now comfortable, finally, letting leak their deep disdain for and lack of respect for Obama. We’ve succeeded in whittling away at his self-inflated superman, near-god mythos (well, maybe that wasn’t us so much as his own ineptitude and failures).
The best way to turn that around–to make people who are now (finally) seeing him clearly and those who are hurting because of his policies rally to his defense and side–is to now attempt impeachment.
It’s two more years, he’s impotent right now, let cooler heads prevail, and trust that Obama will be judged eventually and far more meaningfully than by any action available to Congress.