Impeach and Investigate House Speaker Boehner.

In recent events, House Speaker Boehner has gone from being the cartoon villain of the republican party with the funny name that is pronounced differently than it is spelled, to being a serious threat to our nation. That's why I created a petition on calling for his removal from office. I'd appreciate it if everyone signed it. It goes as follows:

House Speaker John Boehner has repeatedly called vote after vote to defund the Affordable Healthcare Act, wasting millions in taxpayer money in the process. He has recently threatened to shut down the government if he doesn't get his way. This would endanger the lives of every American citizen, because the government would not be able to respond to a national disaster quickly enough.

We call for the immediate impeachment and investigation of Speaker for the House John Boehner for negligence of duty, wasting of Taxpayer Money, and Endangerment of American lives. His actions warrant an investigation into his private life, and who he is receiving funding or "gifts" from.

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Comment by Pope Beanie on September 22, 2013 at 10:11am

That impeachment technique started with Clinton. Newt Gingrich (iirc) pushed the idea that hate for politicians would make the electorate vote out the democratic majority at the time, and replace it with republicans.

I'm thinking that people are starting to see that hate is the republican strategy that dems will refuse to sink to. Let the Bachmans, Wests, Palins, Tea Party whacks and others on the right keep digging their own graves. (Even core libertarians in the Tea Party should be able to see this, someday.)

Comment by H3xx on September 22, 2013 at 10:23am

Impeachment has always been in the constitution. It's an appropriate method of removing someone from office. And clinton didn't deserve Impeachment. He didn't do anything illegal. Boehner on the other hand has repeatedly abused his position, and should be punished for it.

Comment by SteveInCO on September 23, 2013 at 11:03pm

Bullshit to you both re: Clinton.   Clinton was quite credibly accused of committing perjury.  That's a very serious crime.  (No, he was not impeached for doing Monica Lewinsky, he was impeached for perjury.)

As for whether attempting to defund a federal program that is deeply unpopular (albeit for opposed reasons) with a majority of the US public is an abuse of office--well perhaps, though I don't think so--he is certainly not the first to play brinksmanship with government shutdowns.  But is it a high crime or misdemeanor?  That is the standard for an impeachment.

Of course one could maintain that all Obama has to do to keep the government running--if he is that worried about national crises popping up--is to go ahead and let the ACA act ("Obamacare") be defunded.  Absolutely everything else he wants to fund is in the house bill.  Maybe he's the stubborn one?

Comment by H3xx on September 24, 2013 at 1:07am

He lied about his affair, not a national domestic spying program like certain other presidents. He's a married man. Who wouldn't lie about that? Especially married to someone like Hillary?

The house bill goes for straight deductions without having anything to pay for those deductions, from what I see. That's not how things work. Also, It doesn't cover all forms of healthcare. They say nothing about mental healthcare, or care specifically for women or the LGBT community.

The ACA has been deemed CONSTITUTIONAL and LEGAL by the Supreme Court of the USA. Repeated and expensive attemptes to defeat it, even when it was obvious they didn't have anywhere close to a majority is reckless and irresponsible. Shutting down the government is even more reckless and irresponsible as well.

Comment by Ron Humphrey on September 24, 2013 at 5:00am

The act may not be perfect (whqt is), but for the first time, we approach universal health insurance coverage for the American people.  Just what is so bad about that?  The right wing lost on this one and refuse to accept the fact that they lost.  

Move on and make the act as good as it can be.  Stop being whining cry babies.

Comment by Ed on September 24, 2013 at 9:49am

Right or wrong in form and function the Affordable Healthcare Act is here to stay for now. I am more concerned that the legislative segment of American government has become dysfunctional to the point that meaningful legislation is no longer a goal. The members of the House are fully aware that the Senate will defeat any attempt to axe the AHA and then there is the trump card, presidential veto. So we continue to watch our representatives accomplish little other than partisan bickering and padding of their selfish pockets. Democrats & Republicans are equally culpable as to our current ineffective government. 

Most forget we have a constitutional document that affords the citizenry the right to overthrow the present misfits and install a new lot if we are no longer being effectively represented. 

Comment by Pope Beanie on September 24, 2013 at 9:50am

Bullshit to you both re: Clinton.

It's good to clarify the exact, technical reason for impeachment, but I cannot separate the hateful, conservative process of the impeachment from their mania over their Clinton witch-hunting. It was completely anti-productive, as is the current conservative's policy to obstruct any and all legislation for the country, to make a point about Obama care.

So I'm still saying, don't sink to that level. Forget the impeachment crap. Forget torture, and other American civil rights violations. I don't like sinking to the whiny level of low-lifers, just to sound angry and superior.

Comment by H3xx on September 24, 2013 at 10:01am

To those of you who agree that the house is squandering resources by having a childish tantrum over the fact that something halfway decent was given to the American Public, I urge you to sign my petition.

To those who think it won't accomplish anything, that's why it's a digital petition. What could it hurt to click a few links? I'm not asking you to fly to DC and throw eggs at the congress building, just to click a link.


As much as I want to agree with you about sinking down to their level, not doing so is basically giving your consent to let them do whatever they want. Imagine where we would be if forty years ago, someone had successfully stood up to the greed mongers who are now in power? We might have maglev trains and clean air by now. Hell, We might actually have free healthcare. And it wouldn't be expensive, either, because if it's free, why would anyone wait until a small minor problem that could be fixed with a cheap pill grew into a problem that needed major surgery and expensive treatments?

Comment by Pope Beanie on September 24, 2013 at 11:01am


I was a bit obscure bringing up "torture", but I did it because it's an example of (e.g. waterboarding) sinking to someone else's (e.g. Al Qaeda) level of barbarism. As for "standing up to the greed mongers", I see your point, but don't see how it could have been done in practice, except with some kind of legislative oversight of accounting practices. I.e., in the case of keeping capitalism/free enterprise healthy, we need to learn where the flaws are before we can fix them. ("Greed" may be a flaw, but you can't legislate against it just because it's a moral deficiency. You have to enact business standards into law, e.g. keeping accounting practices transparent so that bogus investment practices aren't hidden from potential victims.)

I'll stand up with principles and examples of good behavior, like not impeaching unless it's for the benefit of the country, not torturing just because barbarians do it, and learning from economic mistakes and enacting reasonable accounting law instead of waiting until greedy people take advantage of the system. (Greed and profit-making will always exist. We just have to be able to predict its consequences sooner and better, before investing in things blind sheep-style.)

Comment by H3xx on September 24, 2013 at 12:03pm
The biggest problem I have with the individual mandate is the same problem I have with the car insurance mandate. If something is required, it should be provided at least to the minimal extent. This is why we have the food stamps progran. Food is required, so the system tries to provide the minimal amount of food required to live. We should provide at least the minimal amount of healthcare to live. Republicans say that this is why the ER is required to treat patients first and ask for insurance later. That works for a broken leg, but try walking into the emergency room and asking for a shrink or a chemo treatment. It doesnt work, but those to can save your life.


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