Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Politicizing Ferguson and "impeachment"- Upcoming U.S. Senate elections

According to the NYT:
"With their Senate majority imperiled, Democrats are trying to mobilize African-Americans outraged by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., to help them retain control of at least one chamber of Congress for President Obama’s final two years in office.
In black churches and on black talk radio, African-American civic leaders have begun invoking the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, along with conservative calls to impeach Mr. Obama, as they urge black voters to channel their anger by voting Democratic in the midterm elections, in which minority turnout is typically lower."
As public confidence in Obama crumbles, the Dems have begun to focus on not losing the Senate in the upcoming mid-term elections.  A few "observations:"
These efforts are sadly typical of the propaganda tactics increasingly being used by both parties in a polarized atmosphere.  There has been no serious move to impeach Obama.  To my knowledge no one in the House has proposed articles of impeachment.   According to Wikipedia:
"No Congressional Representative has drawn up a list of articles of impeachment and proposed them to the Judiciary Committee, as happened in the efforts to impeach George W. Bush." A number of House Republicans and right-wing publications have accused him of impeachable offenses, but that's as far as it goes.  Every President since the 1930's has had to deal with such blowhards.  This is not a real issue.
There are wacko right-wing groups talking about it, and left-wing groups pretending it is a real threat, but it's not a real threat.
  I don't recall any House member specifically calling for discussion of articles of impeachment.  This is a red-herring, scare tactic.  Dems pretend to care about excessive use of force against minorities.  When the Dems had control of the White House and both houses of Congress they got Obamacare through but did not pass a single piece of legislation to try to deal with excessive force by police.  Don't tell me that during that period there wasn't a single killing of an unarmed black by a white cop, that could have been a springboard.  Now that they are fearful of losing the Senate the issue becomes "pressing." Does anyone seriously think that control of the U.S. Senate makes any difference to police behavior (good or bad)?  (See post below on Camden and police subculture).  The hypocrisy turn my stomach.  There are large segments of our population who need to realize that many on the left only care about them when it suits the leftist agenda. 

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