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Southern Politics

Two Tea Party candidates in Alabama challenging U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner (R) in a GOP primary vowed yesterday to impeach President Obama, if elected.

At a candidate forum hosted by the tea party group Common Sense Campaign, both Pete Riehm and Dean Young were asked if they would introduce articles of impeachment against President Obama, and both replied “yes” to loud applause, according to the Mobile Press-Register.

“First, I would cut off his funding. If that didn’t work, I would introduce a resolution describing what he’s done wrong. The last resort, which I am willing to take, would be to impeach him,” Young explained further. Riehm was equally unapologetic, saying, “failure to recognize wrong-doing is moral dereliction and, when you have the authority, failure to uphold the law is accessory to the crime.” Among President Obama’s crimes, argues Riehm, is his failure to defend the Defense of Marriage Act and failure to enforce federal laws on immigration and elections.

Bonner was quick to distance himself  from the comments, saying impeachment “is a serious charge, and you better have good reasons before making it.” Even the forum moderator, conservative columnist Quin Hillyer, dismissed the idea as “pure demagoguery.”

Editor's Note: This article was originally published February 1, 2012, at ThinkProgress. Photo by derPlau via Flickr photostream, used with Creative Commons 2.0 License.
Adam Peck

Adam Peck

Adam Peck is a Reporter/Blogger for Think Progress at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Adam grew up just outside of New York City, and attended Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism. Before joining Think Progress, Adam was an intern at Countdown with Keith Olbermann at MSNBC in New York, and at Campus Progress in Washington, D.C. He was also the founder and editor of Think Magazine, the largest collegiate news organization on Long Island. His work has appeared in The New York Times, CNN and the BBC.

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  1. Lots of people are under the mistaken impression that the role of legislators is to be prohibitive.  What the Congress is actually supposed to do is provide positive direction to the executive in the interest of promoting the general welfare. Prohibitions do not promote, despite the apparent belief that to prohibit one thing is to promote its opposite.  Just as not collecting taxes does not create jobs. The binary model of reality is attractive, but it simply doesn’t comport.  There are many more alternatives than two. And there are obviously many aspects to the “party of no.”

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