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 by Stephen K. Bannon 8 Jun 2014, 8:00 AM PDT

On Thursday, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) stated that he was "not, at this point, calling for impeachment." He continued, "The president has two years left in his term. We hope they pass quickly."

That hope is empty. They will pass slowly. And even should Republicans win back the Senate in 2014, President Obama promises heavy executive action--action that will surely violate the Constitutional delegation of powers.

Which is why, says Breitbart senior editor-at-large Ben Shapiro, impeachment isn't the answer: prosecution is. And in his new book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration, Shapiro lays out the charges.

"A criminal administration can do virtually anything, without any sort of real consequences," Shapiro writes. "Impeachment is rarely used - in the entire history of the United States, there have been just 19 House impeachments, and just eight of those ended with full removal after a Senate trial. No doubt the founders intended impeachment to be utilized far more often than it has been...But in practice, impeachment has been a failure."

Instead, Shapiro proposes, criminal prosecution of the Obama administration under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act should be on the table.

That act was created as a response to the mafia--it was designed to undermine mob claims of plausible deniability. It was created to hold command and control structures accountable for activities taking place down the chain. Shapiro writes, "Congress expressly worried in the RICO law itself that organized crime was using its money and power to 'subvert and corrupt our democratic processes.' Clearly, those worries were understated. Now the chief threat to the democratic process comes not from the mafia but from within the government itself."

RICO does not rely solely on the Attorney General to prosecute--and in Eric Holder's America, that's a good thing. Civil suits may be filed under RICO, turning citizens into "private attorneys general...undertaking litigation in the public good." Americans become the check on the executive branch--and Shapiro argues for the changes to the law that would make such action possible against what he terms the "Obamob."

"The alternative," Shapiro writes, "is an unanswerable government in which corrupt bargains between corrupt officials predominate, protected by the barrier of plausible deniability. The American people are left out in the cold."

The People vs. Barack Obama will premiere on Hannity on Fox News on Monday night and The Sean Hannity Radio Show on Tuesday. It hits shelves that same day. It is available for pre-order at now.

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Re: Ben Shapiro's Obama Solution: 'Prosecution Not Impeachment'
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2014, 09:55:05 PM »
With all due respect, this is beyond stupid.

Nobody knows what the Founders expected viz. impeachment, but it's very unlikely they expected it to be used often or with substantial effect; if they had they would have made it easier to impeach a sitting president.  Instead, they made it rather difficult, requiring an effective consensus amongst the members of Congress as to the president's conduct.

The blunt fact of the matter is that we got ourselves into this fix, little by little, one step at a time.  It was we, through our elected representatives, who step by step built up the regulatory/administrative state giving the executive extremely wide latitude to engage in exactly the sorts of shenanigans the article complains about.

We got the government we deserve, due to our own negligence, and now we have to suffer through it; our only real choice is to try and rebuild things, step by step, in the reverse of how we got ourselves into this stew.

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