Yael T. Abouhalkah

Shame on Johnson Countians eager to impeach Obama

Updated: 2013-08-31T23:33:12Z

By Yael T. Abouhalkah

The Kansas City Star

Johnson Countians ought to know better. After all, they live in the most affluent county in Kansas, and residents are constantly boasting about how smart they are.

Yet when Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder this week held a town hall at Blue Valley West High School — out where some of the supposed cream of the crop live in Johnson County — he found that most of the attendees favored impeaching President Barack Obama.

Say what?

To be clear upfront, Yoder told The Star’s editorial board Wednesday that he does not want to impeach Obama. And he said he recognized that some of the people who come to town hall meetings don’t represent all the people he’s paid to serve.

Put another way, the fringe of the fringe often show up at these town hall gatherings.

And if you favor impeaching Obama, you’re way out on the fringe.

That’s because, legally, the pro-impeachment crowd doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

Here’s what is required to impeach the president: “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Sure, you can go to some wacko websites to see why they want to impeach the president.

But in the real world — the world where Johnson Countians supposedly live — there are no compelling reasons to even think about impeaching President Obama.

Just like there were no good reasons to impeach President George W. Bush, even though some Democrats talked about that back in the last decade.

Actually trying to throw a president out of office should be done only in the most rare instances, because the whole process is politically crippling to the nation.

Right now, despite what some Johnson Countians think, this isn’t the time to go down that rat hole and try to impeach a sitting president.

To reach Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/YaelTAbouhalkah.

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