Few countries allow an avowed traitor to remain free to incite treason and destruction of the government, and indeed, most countries imprison treasonous citizens. America is different, and because Republicans’ de facto leader has their unwavering support, they whole-heartedly protect, defend, and serve one of government’s greatest enemies. Recently, it was reported that if President Obama prevents anti-government advocate Grover Norquist from proceeding with his plans to destroy the government, Republicans will impeach him; according to Norquist.
Norquist’s bizarre threat may play well with Republicans he controls like beat-down puppies, but reality informs that his false sense of power conceals a stunning ignorance of the Constitution and Americans. A president can be impeached for “treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Allowing Bush-era tax cuts to expire hardly qualifies as an impeachable offense, but Republicans insist they stay in place permanently regardless that they are unfunded and still wreak havoc on the budget and the national debt. Norquist may wield power over Republicans frightened of displeasing the man whose stated goal is “drowning the government in a bathtub,” but he cannot exert pressure on the President of the United States or voters. Norquist’s power over Republicans has gone to his head and his delusions of grandeur will be his undoing; voters will deal the fatal blow.
Republican lawmakers who signed Norquist’s anti-tax pledge discovered they signed a deal with the devil, and his threat of electoral defeat for disobedience leaves them with a no-win situation. Polls consistently show Americans favor raising taxes on the wealthy, and as Republicans continue ignoring the people, displeasing Norquist pales in comparison to voter outrage at the GOP’s unfair tax breaks for the top 1% of taxpayers and advantages 99% of Americans never receive. The Republican deference to the wealthy is responsible for income inequality destroying what is left of America and it has become a rallying cry for the Occupy movement and Americans falling closer to poverty as jobs are outsourced, wages and benefits are slashed, and established programs face extinction or privatization by Republicans.
Norquist parroted GOP talking points that President Obama refuses to work with Congress and uses executive orders to pursue a pro-tax and anti-corporate agenda that irks conservatives, and as conservatives are wont to do when they fail to get their way, they claim Obama is guilty of overreach and tyranny. It is possible that Norquist’s delusionary impeachment scenario is a veiled threat to recalcitrant Republicans who signaled that perhaps increasing revenue is as crucial to economic recovery as drastic budget cuts. Indeed, last summer when S&P downgraded America’s credit rating, they cited no revenue increases and opined that the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy should be eliminated as the President proposed.
An interviewer queried Norquist if Republicans were divided over tax policy, and specifically mentioned Senator Pat Toomey (R-Penn) who, as a member of the super-committee, proposed revenue increases to rein in the nation’s debt. Norquist said Toomey was “deciding on which unicorn he’d like if unicorns existed” and dismissed the notion Republicans supported increased revenue. However, for all the rhetoric about running the government like a business, Norquist and his band-of-idiots in Republican ranks prove that not only are they inept at governing, they are inept at business. At some point, any business, or government, must increase revenue regardless the amount of Draconian spending cuts or privatization scams put in place. It is a simple premise that eludes conservatives hell-bent on destroying government so corporate raiders like Willard Romney can leverage it with $6.7 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy, and then bankrupt it so corporations can take over operations for profit. The only barrier to government privatization and loss of all revenue is Democrats and President Obama, and Norquist’s imaginary solution is impeach President Obama.
Republicans and Norquist have two reasons to eliminate the government; to install a corporate owned and operated entity to profit from Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars, and because the government works. Norquist’s delusionary impeachment scenario ignores the Constitution and the will of the people, and although he controls Republicans, he does not control voters who overwhelmingly agree the wealthy need to pay more in taxes. In referring to Republican’s proposing tax increases to bolster revenue, Norquist told the National Journal that “there’s no point in spending any time getting too worked up on imaginary conversations about imaginary things,” but he should heed his own advice and forget the imaginary conversation about impeaching President Obama for allowing Bush-era tax cuts to expire.
Norquist’s delusion has polluted his ability to reason and understand the Constitution, as well as the American people who do understand and demand the wealthy need to pay higher taxes. Maybe Norquist and his Republican sycophants’ goal of destroying the government pleases Romney, the Koch brothers, and the Heritage Foundation, but for the American people, it is treason. Norquist cannot be impeached, but he can be neutered and made impotent by voters when they reject Republicans for attempting to drown the government in a bathtub so the wealthy can own and operate it.