- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 12, 2012

The question America seems to be afraid to ask is whether President Obama has exceeded his powers and entered the zone of impeachable offenses.

The Constitution has a rather vague definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors” as the basis for initiating impeachment proceedings. President Clinton was impeached, but not convicted, for lying under oath to a grand jury. Our current president appears to have gone beyond the misdemeanors of Mr. Clinton by virtue of actions that violate the separation of powers among the three branches of government, trampling the 10th Amendment powers of the states and ignoring the will of the people. Mr. Obama has battled the states in their attempts to protect their borders and ultimately, their citizens, thumbed his nose at the American people who have expressed their displeasure with many of his unilateral executive actions and ignored the enforcement of federal laws such as the Defense of Marriage Act.

Thomas Jefferson was emphatic about questioning the actions of government, and with good reason. It is time for America to question the egregious and overreaching actions of this president.

ROB WEINHOLD

Dale City, Va.