Blaze Books Cheat Sheet
Title: Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment
Author: Andrew C. McCarthy
Blazing Fast Review: Andrew McCarthy, a former top federal prosecutor and National Review columnist lays out the clear, concise, definitive case for impeaching President Obama. There is one caveat however: as McCarthy emphasizes, impeachment is inherently a political, not legal remedy for malfeasance. In other words, any Congressional effort to bring impeachment proceedings would be not only fruitless, but in McCarthy’s view dangerous for the country today, as the political will is simply not there, and the overarching case has yet to be made. McCarthy’s goal in writing the book is to make this case to the public, that as a result of a long train of abuses — including numerous high crimes and misdemeanors — President Obama has usurped and subsequently abused powers not granted to the executive branch, creating a Constitutional crisis, the end result of which is the extinguishment of liberty. Only the American people can rekindle it.
You will probably enjoy this book if…
– You admire GEORGE WASHINGTON, JAMES MADISON, or ANTONIN SCALIA
– You appreciate books by authors such as ARISTOTLE, MONTESQUIEU, JOHN LOCKE
– You are interested in subjects like POLITICS, LAW, DEFENSE or ECONOMICS
The Hard Sell: Put simply, if you want to arm yourself with the historical, legal and factual basis for making the argument that President Obama should be impeached, this is the one book you should purchase.
Blaze Books Review
If you were going to try and build a case to impeach President Obama, there is perhaps no better mind that one could tap than that of former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy. McCarthy is most famously known for leading the 1995 prosecution of the so-called “blind sheikh,” Omar Abdel Rahman, as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York; today the prolific McCarthy pens must-read columns for National Review.
As with all of McCarthy’s writing, in “Faithless Execution” we see on display characteristic eloquence, erudition, passion and reverence for the Constitution and the country — in this case on a subject, the so-called “i-word,” in which a prosecutorial temperament, knowledge and diligence is required most.
McCarthy writes not as a partisan but as a sober prosecutor, adept at synthesizing history and legal theory in a package that is at once concise, robust and didactic, so that the layman can understand (and enjoy learning about) the nuance around and broader fundamentals of impeachment.
McCarthy builds his case in methodical fashion, providing the reader with the legal and historical basis in which the power of impeachment is rooted, explaining the legal circumstances in which it may be applied as a remedy, and — as reflected in the lesson of the Clinton impeachment — showing that in the final analysis the legal case is necessary but insufficient to not only impeach but remove from power a president who faithlessly executes his duty to the Constitution and the American people.
For as McCarthy writes:
“The legal grounds–provable high crimes and misdemeanors–are vital to building a political case for impeachment, but the fundamental question is whether the president’s conduct is so egregious that the public will support his removal.
The movement left, though a minority, is united in vigorous support for President Obama’s anticonstitutionalism in pursuit of its objectives; whether the remaining vast majority of the public is committed to preserving our constitutional framework is open to question.”
After providing the requisite background, McCarthy makes the legal case for President Obama’s impeachment in an objective and impartial fashion (despite the fact that the policies, tactics and ideology of the Obama administration could not be more repugnant to him). In so doing, McCarthy catalogs dozens upon dozens of examples of presidential malfeasance and maladministration, which comprise his draft articles of impeachment.
These articles include:
I. The President’s Willful Refusal to Execute the Laws Faithfully and Usurpation of the Legislative Authority of Congress
II. Usurping the Constitutional Authority and Prerogatives of Congress
III. Dereliction of Duty as president and Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces
IV. Fraud on the American People
V. Failure to Execute the Immigration Laws Faithfully
VI Failure to Execute the Laws Faithfully: The Department of Justice
VII. Willfully Undermining the Constitutional Rights of the American People That He is Sworn to Preserve, Protect and Defend
As you read through each of these articles, no matter how closely you have followed the activities of this administration, the sheer volume and brazenness of presidential misdeeds simply shocks the conscience. From the implementation of and fraud associated with the Affordable Care Act, to the abrogation of federal immigration law, to the obstruction of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project, to the unconstitutional war in Libya, to the blocking of Congress’ ability to conduct oversight of executive agencies, to the regime of untenable and suicidal rules of engagement, to Benghazi, to the attempts to undermine First and Second Amendment rights, to the injustices perpetrated by the Department of Justice itself, the list goes on and on, reminiscent of the grievances put forth in the Declaration of Independence.
And in light of the events of the last couple of weeks, be it the VA scandal, the negotiations with and release of five terrorists in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl or the U.S. agreement to work with the terrorist Hamas PA regime as McCarthy himself lamented in a recent piece:
“The problem with writing a book about President Obama’s lawlessness…is that eventually the author has to stop writing so the book can be printed. The administration’s illegal conduct, by contrast, rolls right along — so by the time the book comes out, I find myself several impeachable offenses behind.”
McCarthy’s intent is to show that the legal case more than justifies political action on the part of the American people to compel their representatives to stand up to the president and threaten him with impeachment and removal, which with an overwhelming majority of support could at the very least force him to be accountable and cease to subvert and denigrate the Constitution.
But in my reading, the real takeaway from McCarthy’s book is that the country has been fundamentally transformed — that he even has to make the legal case as a means of pushing the political case for impeachment shows just how drastically the nation has changed.
In year number six of an administration that has usurped and abused power in unprecedented ways, that has precipitated an endless array of crises both domestic and foreign and manipulated them for cynical political gains, that has consistently defrauded the American people and dodged responsibility for its actions, that has used the power of the law including its selective application to target its enemies and reward its friends — in other words that has inflicted on the country punishment both cruel and unusual that will echo for decades — Americans continue to remain largely asleep.
Many of the high crimes and misdemeanors perpetrated by the Obama administration were readily apparent during his first term, yet President Obama was re-elected. In spite of scandal upon scandal during President Obama’s second term, his overall approval rating according to Gallup at last look remains at 44%. The American populace at large seems to be largely unfazed by and/or ignorant of the reasons behind our continued economic stagnation, dangerous foreign policy blunders and America’s releasing of and siding with terrorists, while spitting in the face of its allies, something unimaginable until very recently. Let us not kid ourselves that Republican majorities in both Houses of Congress can undo the damage already done during the Obama presidency.
America’s wealth and power has been redistributed at breakneck speed as a matter of “social justice” — so fast that the associated consequences cannot yet even begin to be comprehended.
But to this reader’s mind, people seem to continue about their daily lives, content with a material prosperity that the next generation may very well not enjoy, and ignorant of the moral tenets on which the system was built that enabled such prosperity.
Bearing all of this in mind, the politicians in Washington reflect their constituents. And so when Congress fails to keep the president in check through its oversight powers and powers of the purse; when Congress chooses not to preserve and protect the constitutional order by checking a power-hungry executive, ultimately the responsibility lies not only with the politicians but with the people who elect them.
When impeachment — the last means to not only keep the president in check but punish him for his failure to faithfully execute his fiduciary duties — is not even an option remotely close to the table, again we see our own folly.
We have seen the enemy and he is us.
And that is the sad takeaway for this reader from Andrew McCarthy’s book. The people and their elected representatives have been derelict in their duties to keep the Republic, as Ben Franklin put it. Rather than serving as an indictment of the president, one might read it as an indictment of the people.
Certainly McCarthy did not write “Faithless Execution” with this conclusion in mind. He is one of those courageous souls putting his neck on the line — in touching a subject that by its very nature is toxic — in making the case for impeachment to the general public. McCarthy is seeking to serve his country by standing in front of the long train of executive abuses yelling “Stop!” Will others join him?
Reagan’s words about freedom never being more than a generation away from extinction have never been more poignant than when reading “Faithless Execution.” It is long past time that we remember that power begins and ends with “we the people.” The American system relies upon the consent of the governed. Only the American people at the end of the day can check the power of a tyrannical regime, protect and defend the Constitution, and ensure that the Republic endures, for ourselves and our posterity.