Wednesday, September 1, 2010

High Crimes and Misdemeanors

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, whose county lies at the center of major drug and alien smuggling routes to Phoenix and cities east and west, attests to the violence. He said his deputies are outmanned and outgunned by drug traffickers in the rough-hewn desert stretches of his own county.

"Mexican drug cartels literally do control parts of Arizona," he said. "They literally have scouts on the high points in the mountains and in the hills and they literally control movement. They have radios, they have optics, they have night-vision goggles as good as anything law enforcement has.

"This is going on here in Arizona," he said. "This is 70 to 80 miles from the border - 30 miles from the fifth-largest city in the United States."

He said he asked the Obama administration for 3,000 National Guard soldiers to patrol the border, but what he got were 15 signs.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer condemned what she called the federal government's "continued failure to secure our international border," saying the lack of security has resulted in important natural recreational areas in her state being declared too dangerous to visit.

At this point the President of the United States has committed the crime of malfeasance. A deliberate failure to perform his duty to this nation. He is subject to impeachment and removal from office for failing to perform duties assigned by the Constitution.


firezdog said...

Is smuggling the same thing as trading? Or do we call "trades" those transactions we think are good, and "smuggles" those transactions we believe to be bad?

Likewise, it seems to me we call medicines those drugs we think are good, and, well...drugs, those drugs we think are bad.

And I would define "malfeasance" as doing something bad, though I'm not sure you would agree. And certainly I suppose a president who does bad things should be impeached. But I am not certain everyone will agree with you when you say he has done bad things.

I only say this: we ought to be careful with our words, because a thing can be called whatever one wants to call it, but whether it is what it is called has been, in my experience, subject of great and dangerous disagreements.

Yours humbly,
Alencia Lysander.

DW said...

The definition of malfeasance is deliberate failure to perform the duties legally attributed to a position. The border states are practically under siege, and the legal residents (not to forget the illegal residents) are not safe in this country. The president is the chief law enforcement officer of this country. He has failed, because there has been no effort to render the people safe. The Constitution says a President may be impeached and removed from office for misdemeanors. A misdemeanor is not a crime, rather it is presenting the office as petty or ill tempered. This President who is elected by the people, who receives his power from them, yet ignores their will and doesn't safeguard their lives homes, has a poor demeanor at best.