Republicans have a chance to destroy Obama
Conservatives may have a legitimate case for impeachment, but there's an even better opportunity at hand to cut the achilles tendon of liberalism
The Obama administration faces five scandals: Benghazi, Fast and Furious, AP, IRS, and the EPA. Some conservatives here in the states are calling for impeachment. Memes superimposing Barack Obama face on that of Richard Nixon have been circulating for days, and it’s fair to say that this administration has become oddly Nixonian concerning the way it treats the press – and its political enemies.
So we have Barack Milhous Nixon occupying the White House, but, unlike 1973, impeachment isn't in the cards.
Why? Concerning the IRS, it's possible that Obama knew about the targeting, and may have been in the room when it was planned. Yet, for now, all that is undeniably true is that the IRS targeted conservative organizations, they knew about it, they lied to Congress about it, and heads are going to roll. Lois Lerner, the division head for tax-exempt groups at the agency that isn't "good at math”, is probably not going to survive this scandal.
Benghazi is yet to be resolved, with Rep. Darrell Issa slapping the State Department with subpoenas on May 28th. The administration also targeted journalists, took their phone records, and examined their private emails, while trying to keep one investigation – the one related to Fox News' James Rosen – secret. So, why shouldn't Republicans draw up articles of impeachment against Barack Obama?
Barack Obama is out in 2016, but his ideology will continue. Republicans need to play the "long game”, and use this opportunity to gut the core of American liberalism. Ben Domenech wrote a great piece for Real Clear Politics on May 16th about this strategy. In short, the GOP needs to indict Obama's liberalism. It'll take some maneuvering, but if we're able to chip away at the Obama mantra that big government is good government, then we have a pathway to begin rolling back the powers of the state.
The point is that these scandals cut at the core conceit of Obama’s ideology: the healthy and enduring confidence of big government to be good government. As technological capabilities advance and the scope of government expands, the types of domestic scandals we’re seeing here are only going to increase in frequency and invasiveness. Personal information is shared more frequently and it is now easier for even low level bureaucrats to acquire and manipulate.
At the same time, Americans are becoming increasingly sceptical and cynical about their public institutions, with their trust in the federal government at historic lows. They distrust the agencies and bureaucrats even as the politicians of our age are investing more and more power in them.
When this period of scandal draws to a close, if the idea still survives that a more competent and ethical president would be able to effectively govern a $4 trillion bureaucracy, it will be a sign Republicans have failed. They can succeed by ignoring the tempting bait of making this about the president they despise, and focusing instead on the false philosophy of expansive government which represents the true danger to the American experiment. Doing so will require them to go against their own short-term viewpoint, so prevalent in recent years, and look instead to the long game.
So, while conservatives may have a legitimate case for impeachment, there's an even better opportunity at hand to cut the achilles tendon of liberalism. One is a short term goal, while the other is more enduring concerning its effect on the socio-economic fabric of the United States.
Then again, such a monumental task depends on Republicans flawlessly executing this strategy, which hasn't been a characteristic with the current leadership.
Matt Vespa is a conservative blogger based in Virginia. Follow him on Twitter @mvespa1
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