Norquist Pledge Signers Violate the Constitution and Must Be Removed from Office

There are occasions when human beings commit grave errors with malice of forethought, and in those cases, the rule of law proscribes punitive measures to maintain order in a society. Elected officials are not immune to the law, but it is often difficult to hold them to account for their malicious actions except when they blatantly violate their oath of office according to the United States Constitution. In most cases, an errant politician either resigns in disgrace or is censored by their colleagues, and there are few instances where voters demand removal of an elected official through the recall process. However, federal criminal law is explicit and direct regarding violating the oath of office and the law requires removal of the office holder as well as a prison term or fine for the offender. Most Republicans in Congress are guilty of violating the oath of office and it is time for the Department of Justice to take action and remove Republicans who have sworn allegiance to Grover Norquist, and in effect, violated Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution they swore to uphold.

When Republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives voted to extend all the Bush-era tax cuts to demonstrate their allegiance to lobbyist Grover Norquist whom they swore an oath to refrain from ever raising taxes, they put themselves in a precarious position to be prosecuted, removed from office, and fined or sent to prison. Their refusal to follow their mandate in Article 1 Section 8 becomes more egregious since they attempted to influence voter opinion with a persistent lie that raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans prohibits them from creating jobs, and since the wealthy enjoyed lower rates for 12 years without increasing, or any, hiring, Republicans are lying.

Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell parroted the worn-out canard that letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire would decimate so-called job creators, but their reason is as fallacious as their allegiance to the Constitution. President Obama and Democrats proposed maintaining the Bush tax rates for all income earners making up to $250,000 annually, but Republicans opposed the measure because they claimed small business hiring would be curtailed. However, the number of businesses earning $250,000 after expenses is remarkably small and in the range of 1% of all businesses. In fact, it is not unusual for businesses with gross profits of up to $5 million in sales to end up with a taxable income of approximately $100,000 keeping them well under the $250,000 threshold, and therefore, within the limits of the President’s tax cut extension for middle class Americans.

Boehner, in particular, is well-practiced in the art of lying to influence public opinion for his favorite, and profitable, agendas. His assertion a few months ago that immediate approval of TransCanada’s KeystoneXL pipeline would create “hundreds-of-thousands of jobs” was found to be egregiously fallacious over and over again, and with the sole intention of boosting profits for Canadian tar sand companies. In 2010, Boehner bought shares in seven tar sand companies ahead of the Republican push for President Obama to give immediate approval of the pipeline’s construction, but threat of an SEC investigation and admission from TransCanada revealed a much lower number of jobs. Subsequently, Boehner backed off` his deceptive job number claims amid calls for his resignation, admission that he lied to profit tar sand companies, and a petition demanding his removal from office. However, bad habits die hard and Boehner reverted to his two-year claim that raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans is detrimental to job creators. After 12 years of Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, the so-called job creators have not shared the largesse of middle class taxpayers and created jobs, and in fact are hoarding their money offshore brought to light by presumptive Republican presidential candidate Willard Romney’s Cayman Island and Swedish tax havens.

When Republican legislators signed Norquist’s pledge, they violated the first provision of Article 1 Section 8 that says, “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States.” Grover Norquist, a lobbyist, has made little secret his intent in demanding allegiance from Republicans is to deprive the government of the United States sufficient funding in order shrink it to a size that allows him to “drown it in a bathtub.” Subsequently, Republican refusal to “lay and collect taxes” is hampering the government’s ability to “pay debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States.” There is no ambiguity in the Constitution that every Republican swore to uphold, but instead of following their sworn oath of office, they reverted to their signed oath to lobbyist Norquist.

In Article VI, Section 3 it reads, “The Senators and Representatives, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution,” and is “is prima facie evidence that the acceptance and holding of office or employment by the affiant does not or will not violate section 7311 of this title.” Section 7311 (1) of the U.S.C. clearly states “An individual may not accept or hold a position in the Government of the United States if he/she advocates the overthrow of our constitutional form of government.” Swearing allegiance to a lobbyist whose sworn intent is “drowning the government in a bathtub” qualifies as advocating for overthrow of our constitutional form of government to replace it with who knows what, but the determination is clear; eliminating the constitutional form of government by defunding it. Regardless of the intent of the Republicans allied with Norquist against the government, they shirked their constitutional duty to “lay and collect taxes” necessary for the general welfare, debt obligation, and common defense of the United States.

The penalty for breaking their oath of office is detailed in 18 U.S.C. 1918 that says, “Whoever violates the provisions of section 7311 of title 5 may not accept or hold a position in the Government of the United States and shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year and a day or both.” The number of Republicans in Congress who swore allegiance to Norquist in the 112th Congress is 236 Representatives and 41 Senators including 3 Democrats who are in line for removal the same as the Republicans. These legislators committed a grievous offense in violating their oath of office and deserve nothing less than federal prosecution, removal from office, and imprisonment in a federal penitentiary. In lieu of a Department of Justice investigation and prosecution, citizens of the United States have the right to petition the DOJ and file a class action to expedite their immediate removal from their position in the Government as detailed in section 1918 and 7311 of title 5 according to the U.S.C. provisions.

Besides violating their oath, Republicans are showing favoritism to the wealthiest Americans at the expense of 98% of the population and subsequently starving the government of much-needed revenue to maintain the nation’s infrastructure, social safety nets, and nearly caused a credit default in 2011. Their intransigence did cause the nation’s first credit downgrade in American history when S&P specifically cited Republican’s refusal to allow the tax cuts for the wealthy to expire. Their persistent lies that the wealthy cannot possibly create jobs without their precious tax cuts has been proven false time and time again, and yet Republicans continue fighting to maintain them as if allowing expiration is an affront to the rich.

It is long past-due time for the American people to demand Republicans follow the Constitution and the will of the people who overwhelmingly support letting the Bush-era tax cuts for the rich expire. The number of business owners affected by the meager 3% tax increase is nominal, and will not affect 98% of small businesses. America is experiencing a revenue problem, and with spending at the lowest levels in decades affecting schools, police and fire protection, health programs, heating and food assistance, the middle class, and senior citizens, asking 98% of the population to give up more so the wealthy can have their tax cuts is egregious and it is time for some equitable solutions Republicans are ill-inclined to accept. That being the case, they must be forced out of office to make room for representatives who will follow the oath of office and not a pledge to a lobbyist, Grover Norquist, whose stated purpose is destroying the government by defunding its operations.

These chargers are not made in haste, or without careful consideration, but the time for patience is over and the traitors to the Constitution must be held accountable and removed according to federal law. Republicans made a conscious decision to swear allegiance to Grover Norquist with full knowledge of his intent at the same time they shunned their oath of office they had no intention of keeping, and they deserve nothing less than prosecution according to the letter of the law. It especially applies to House Speaker John Boehner who has made a career out of violating ethics standards Americans expect every legislator to uphold, but especially the man third in line to succeed the President. Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, Ryan, and every Republican failing to uphold their Constitutional duty must go, and the American people have a weapon in federal law, and the Constitution of the United States of America to finally force the traitors out of office.

 

39 Replies to “Norquist Pledge Signers Violate the Constitution and Must Be Removed from Office”

  1. I have never asked this because I didn’t want to seem stupid, but who the hell is Grover Norquist? Is he really anything special? Is he paying their salaries? I guess I don’t fully understand the role of lobbyists. I thought they were just there to push an agenda, not sign pacts with crooked politicians.

  2. I will sign any Petition,call,fax Write whatever we need to do to get these Traitorous Boils out of Office.I’ve been saying this since the day they signed it,and no one would believe me&a few others who howled&Protested that it was Sedition&Treason to do so.We have tried EVERYTHING. And Especially not The GOP folks,who are so Ignorant,they still think Jesus wrote The Constitution.When our Citizens are this stupid&Ignorant,the Thieves can get away with anything.Time to turn up the Heat till they acquiesce or burn to a crisp under The Light of Scrutiny..No matter HOW hard they try to Lie.These are treacherous Times we live in Folks,when half The Nation is OK with Treason in Big Corporate Daddys Name.When They Blatantly are Racist, Misogynistic,The rabid Nationalism,The demand for America to be a”Christian Nation”..all The signs are there,people just need to WAKE UP.They have become a Party of Theocratic Fascists,Led by Anarchical Libertarians who would like Nothing more that to see us become yet another Somalia,another 3rd World Hellhole where the Citizens have no chance&Cronyism rules all.where Atrocities are committed in Gods Name under The watchful eye of Those in Power.This is how The Germans felt watching Hilter rise to Power..Not on My Watch,no sir,Not on my Watch.

  3. A petition is in the works to begin early next week. It’s success depends on citizens like yourself who are fed up with the direction the GOP is steering this country. Thank you for sharing your outrage.

  4. I have been saying this ever since I learned of this…these Congresspeople became traitors the second they signed a ‘pledge’ to a person. These became derelict in their duties at the same moment. They were no longer serving the electorate, but one man’s agenda. They need to be held to account, and I will sign any petition I see to accomplish this. Their actions have deepended the recession, caused a huge rift in this nation’s discourse, as well as ground lawmaking to a standstill. Government cannot function without revenue, and Norquist’s and the Kochs will be happy to take over once the GOP demolishes our republic. And they hope to have puppet Mitt at the helm.

  5. “who the hell is Grover Norquist? Is he really anything special?”

    He’s an evil muppet; an extreme rightwing libertarian who seems to have a lot of power and influence, despite not being elected to any office — kind of like UnKKKle Karl Rove.

  6. RMuse,I will be waiting on Pins&Needles until That Petition comes out.I’ve already got my Boots on The Ground so to speak Registering Voters,manning Phone Banks,emailing,faxing doing whatever I can to get People educated with the TRUTH and giving them the tools they need to exercise Their Power as The REAL Bosses of This Nation to help clean every last Fascist Out come November.A Petition like this will go a LONG way.Can we Print it out as well,so after I’m done Registering Voters for the Day,I can go back out&beat The Streets?If I have to personally WALK To DC to help turn that Petition in,I’ll do it.

    Outrage is an understatement,I passed that The day they signed Norquists’Bullcrap.That has given way to something more akin to cold Determination to flush every last one OUT of every single Office&Expose the rotted underbelly of The GOP/TEA.Doing so where I live is a VERY Dangerous Proposition,as I’ve already been attacked by Tea Party Members,and they’ve now moved on to Threats of Bodily Injury to me&Mine.It’s too bad The U.N.can’t come in&monitor things,since my home State of Florida has already proven they are in fact,rigging the Election there.

    In 2008,we had actual blockades by Police who tried to keep us from The Polls,&those of us who dared speak out against the GOP since then,have been subject to our Homes,Cars&Places of Business being vandalized&our Pets Mutilated.Death threats aren’t uncommon,and with most of our Police Force complicit in it,no one is ever held accountable.This,is what America has come to in their hands,and I mean it when I say I’ll die trying if I have to rid this Nation of their Pestilence&hope they see Jail for a VERY Long time because of it.The way things are here,that’s not too much a stretch.Unlike them,we don’t need to use intimidation&Violence,we have the Constitution on our side and many willing folks to help spread the Word.Our Children&Grandchildren deserve not to have to grow up in fear,Poverty,Misery,with No hope save to be shot in cold blood while they walk down the Street.Nope,Not on My Watch.Keep us posted.Thanks!

  7. Please get the Petition out ASAP – I am another voice who has called this TRAITOROUS, SEDITIONIST and TREASONOUS since Day One – Grover Norquist is Karl Rove is RAPING and PILLAGING America, continuously, with NO ELECTIVE OFFICE whatsoever.

  8. Lets ponder where a weak and “drowned in a tub” federal government will leave types like lobbyists, Norquist and the corps they work for.

    It will leave him and others like him in power. Just like the corps own representatives now, it will be that much stronger. Does anyone remember a representative government? How about no government at all and state congress’s that are shell games

  9. When the article says “malice of forethought,” that is incorrect. The correct legal term (generally used in homicide law) is “malice aforethought”

  10. Former President George H.W. Bush asked the same question recently–“Who the hell is Grover Norquist?”

  11. I’m all in! I want to sign the petition ASAP. Americans need to know that the loyalty of the members of Congress who signed Norquist’s pledge lies NOT with them, but with Norquist. I’m hoping that there will be so many Americans signing the petition that there will be no way the MSM can ignore it.

  12. This pledge is a campaign gimmick with no legal force or consequences for violating it. Elected officials can be philosophically antitax whether they sign Norquist’s pledge or not. It is not a violation of the power to collect taxes just to choose not to use that power. If the goal is to vote them out next time, sign me up, but in terms of consitutional adherence, methinks thou dost protest too much. Plus the Constitution also says: “They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.” In other words, they can’t be prosecuted for doing their jobs (voting) regardless of what their motivations might be.

  13. Not quite coterminous. Malice aforethought/prepensé is an element of Murder 1. Mens rea (the guilty mind) applies to felonies generally, and actually is more applicable here.

  14. They can’t be prosecuted for legislative acts per se, but public corruption is, indeed, a felony under the U.S. Code.

  15. I have been up in arms, mad as hell about this as well since they first started signing this oath to him. I could not agree more that it is treason, plain and simple, and they are attempting to bring down our government. Hurry and get this petition going, I can not wait to sign it and to pass it on to everyone that I know as well.

  16. Let us not forget the Koch brothers’ secret meetings with Lobbyist, Corporate Fascists, Senators, Representatives, Governors, Supreme Court Justices, Federal and State Judges, State Legislators, wannabes and wealthy fascist where they decide on what laws they will pass once elected or reelected with all their blood money. It is unbelievable the number of people that do not know that almost all the republican governors from 2010 had similar bills they immediately forced on their constituents. ALEC anyone?

  17. I would love to sign the petition. Also would like to know why we can’t have some system to make certain our elected officials are not under the influence while they are in session. Boehner from a professional therapy assessment standpoint appears to have major substance issues. Likely alcohol as his nose is always read, blood shot eyes and penchant for weeping.

    But, as far as Congress as a whole, I have named them the What a Waste Congress. In addition to having those who would protect the overlords removed from office, I would like to see some lowering of salaries, benefits, and fines for any-time they do not finish their jobs, take a vacation and leave us hanging by our short and curlies.

  18. I agree. Step one is determine who will bring charges against them. Then some legislation should also be proposed that soliciting such pledges regardless of the special interest me dreamed illegal as well.

  19. I too will sign the petition. They are elected by us voters to serve as our representatives NOT to sign a pledge and give their loyalty to ONE person/lobbyist/PAC. He didn’t even vote for the majority of them since he Grover Norquist only gets to vote for representation where he lives. The representatives elected by US have no right, morally or legally, to swear allegiance to anyone but US and especially some “special interest” individual. It’s an either/or situation, they either give their loyalty to the electorate as they swore to do in their oath of office or they sell it a lobbyist.

  20. I will sign that petition a million times! FINALLY! I’ve been saying this too for so long. Equally the Supreme Court judges who allowed Citizens United– the premeditated GOP law to steal this election. Because that’s the only way they know how to play. They lie cheat and steal EVERYTHING. NOTHING HONORABLE IN THE GOP. While they ignore the constitution they accuse Pres Obama of not following it. But who has lost 35 times trying to appeal ACA? IT WAS CONSTITUTIONAL! YOU LOST! HE’S SMARTER THAN YOU IDJITS. BECAUSE PRES OBAMA READS AND FOLLOWS THE CONSTITUTION AND CARES ABOUT AMERICA’S PEOPLE!! The GOP has done enough damage to enough families in this country–totally unecessarily but to make themselves–following Bush’s lead during his reign–RICHER. BUSH& CHENEY & GOP MADE ALOT OF MONEY UNDER BUSH. ROMNEY CAN’T WAIT TO GET HIS HANDS ON THAT. THAT’S WHY HE’S SO PATHETIC. SALIVATING even! Because of Bush in my family alone 3 siblings have lost their jobs and homes. Of course I come frOm a large family OF 12 bros & sis-all parents/granparents. But they had it all. And are reduced to so much less now. Not rich. But were basically middle class. Not one of them blame Obama. We’ve been watching the GOP destroy Obama’s every effort to create jobs/save families. Trust me my whole family of 82 when together want the GOP gone. That’s 82 votes right there for our Pres Obama. Even the grankids love him and vote for him (for pretends). The GOP is frightening and insulting on a daily basis. They are traitors! Especially to their OWN CONSTITUENCY. THEY TAKE THEIR MONEY LIKE NOTHING AND LEAVE THEM WITH NOTHING. ESPECIALLY THE SENIORS! I PRAY THEY ALL WAKE UP AND STOP LYING TO THEMSELVES ONE DAY. You too will end up like my 3 brothers and sisters who thought they had it all. They worked hard for all that they had too. They did nothing wrong. If you vote Romney me and millions more including yourself will probably become a GOP statistic. If you believe in God than there’s no way you can possibly believe in such a vicious immoral party. WHO TAKE FROM THE POOR TO GIVE TO THE ALREADY BEYOND RICH. For you xtians out there with all that hate and all that support for hate.. God’s watching you. YOU CANNOT KID HIM!

  21. I think you meant Swiss bank account and not Swedish bank account. It does sound much sexier though.

  22. i can not wait for this petition to be up and ready for signatures! i will share with everyone i know and come in contact with! it is so long past due and so needed to get the MSM off its collective gop leaning duff.

    I cannot believe what is happening in our country and find it pretty terrifying that the power resides in so few with evil intentions for the masses. the outcome/thought of a gop win in the senate is more than one can bear! I will do everything i can to help get this off the ground. our future is at stake.

  23. There are republicans who hate him and his bully tactics. Most are silent. There are who are not running again (like Imhofe of all people!) or out of office (George the 1st) who are not so quiet and have exposed him and his crew (brown-shirt bullies).

    It’s eerie that the last time any journalist looked into this “subject” was this past May.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76470.html

  24. I share the outrage, will sign, but, I think a more effective “voice” would be a well-organized Occupy protest that stuck to this one finite point…there would be more chaos in the suppression making more street “noise” than Grover would want…he’d have to send his “brown shirts” to the street and that would force his hand.

    I don’t think any “legal” means will stop a “brown shirt” movement like Grover’s’ as his job is all about stomping on laws to help a dictator gain control. He’s just an arm of the Neo-Reich and should be treated as such. Anything short of a full on armed raid won’t work on this bastard.

  25. It is not just the Republican party that is at fault, it is the Democrats as well. Both parties as a whole are responsible for lying to the public. That goes double for the President of our nation. The parties are fueled by their immoral ideals and turn their back to the constitution as some back water piece of paper that has no ground in current society. It is time to vote for people, normal morally right people, who love this country down to its core through all the pain that it has gone through and bring it back to its former glory.

  26. Count me in as signer and sharer as soon as that petition is ready. These traitors need to go! They’ve done nothing but stand on the way of progress and try to take our rights away.

  27. Please let me know asap when the petition is up so I can sigh and pass along. I have wondered about that pledge since I first began hearing about it….

  28. Simple solutions for the simple minded. I agree totally that signers of the pledge are in violation of the constitution.

  29. I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
    This is the The Military Oath. What court would convict an enlisted man for carry out his duties defending the Constitution, if he just walked up a shot one of these Congressman. I couldn’t find him guilty.

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