In Republican World, "Impeach Obama" is the new "Repeal Obamacare". But Congresswoman Kristi Noem of South Dakota shot down the hope that she would act on the impeachment resolution passed by the South Dakota Republican Party and introduce a bill to impeach President Obama in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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The Republican Party at the state and county levels has been going through some changes. The Kent County, Nevada, Republicans took all objection to same-sex marriage and abortion out of their party platform. The Texans put gay reparative therapy in. North Dakota's Republican convention dissolved in enmity without even adopting a platform. And South Dakota fixated on impeaching the president.
South Dakota held its state party convention last week, a gathering they called "Giant Visions". That title may have been a tad optimistic. The one grand vision they had centered around the impeachment of President Obama and climaxed with the passage of a resolution asking congress to initiate proceedings.
The resolution was introduced by Dr. Allen Unruh, a chiropractor who, according to this list of South Dakota house and senate members, is not currently an elected member of state government. (That's him on the right in his Tea Party duds.)
"I've got a thick book on impeachable offenses of the president."
There were dissenting voices. The Argus Leader reported that Delegate David Wheeler of Beadle County was the grown-up in the room, arguing against a resolution:
"I believe we should not use the power of impeachment for political purposes. By doing this, we would look petty, like we can't achieve our political goals through the political process."
Larry Eliason of Potter County agreed, telling the gathering that he opposed the impeachment resolution even though:
"The only thing (Obama's) done the last six years that I approve of is when he adopted a pet."
The debate was often contentious, like when Larry Klipp of Butte County, a retired Marine, told the crowd:
"If anyone in this room cannot see the horrendous, traitorous scandals run by the Obama administration, I will pray for you."
The initial voice vote was too close to call, so delegates gathered by county for a roll call vote. The Argus Leader described the vote:
"Twenty of South Dakota's 66 counties had no delegates at the convention. Another 20 county delegations voted against the resolution by a combined total of 29 in favor, 118 against. Six counties were tied. And 20 counties voted for the resolution by a combined total of 141-37. Thirteen counties voted unanimously for the resolution, and 12 voted unanimously against it.
During the roll call, the vote was close throughout, but the No side appeared to be winning -- until Pennington County (home to Rapid City, the convention's host and possessing the single largest delegation there) voted 47-9 in favor."
The final vote was 191-176 in favor of the following resolution.
WHEREAS, The president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and protect it from all enemies both foreign and domestic,
WHEREAS, The president has violated his oath of office in numerous ways with the latest being the release of five terrorists in exchange for a soldier without consulting Congress as required by law,
WHEREAS, The president of the United States has willfully and wantonly lied to the American people telling them they can keep their insurance company, and they can keep their doctor under Obama Care, prior to an election,
WHEREAS, The president has ordered Federal Agencies to enact rules (laws) that threaten the security of the people of this great nation (EPA regulations) by passing Congress and usurping its authority,
WHEREAS, the president has abused his executive privilege usurping his authority as decided by numerous federal courts,
WHEREAS, The Constitution and Declaration of Independence are very clear on the authority of the President and the Federal Government, and when they violate their oath it is the right, it is the duty of the American people to act,
WHEREAS, America was designed as a Lex Rex (the law is king) rather than a Rex Lex (The King is the law) system of government. It is a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
THEREFORE, be it resolved that the South Dakota Republican Party calls on our U.S. Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against the president of the United States.
The last line of that resolution is a little misleading, because South Dakota has only one elected representative to the U.S. House, Congresswoman Kristi Noem. Rep. Noem actually spoke at the convention, though not about impeachment, and she has never been shy about bashing the president, especially on Obamacare. Since Rep. Noem is the only South Dakotan who has the power to file a bill asking for impeachment, reporters pressed her for a response. Would she do the bidding of the conventioneers - the grass roots Republicans who put her in office - or would she be on Larry Klipp's list of people needing prayer?
As the saying goes, Rep. Noem refused to "dance with the ones that brung her". The congresswoman put out this statement shooting down all hope she would champion the state party's impeachment hopes, through her spokesperson Brittany Comins:
"The congresswoman currently believes the best way for Congress to hold the president accountable is to continue aggressive committee oversight and investigations into the administration's actions like the ongoing VA scandal, the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, Benghazi, and the recent Taliban prisoner exchange."
Allen Unruh, the chiropractor who initiated the resolution said he was still happy they passed the impeachment resolution for the "symbolic message" it sent.
Time well spent, South Dakota taxpayers?