Echoing Rep. Lamar Smith’s (R-TX) false claim that President Obama is “awfully close” to violating his oath of office by not securing the border, former Rep. Tom Tancredo published an error-ridden op-ed in today’s Washington Times calling for Congress to impeach President Obama:
Eleven years ago, like every citizen elected to serve in Congress or any person appointed to any federal position, I swore an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.”
I’ve always thought it significant that the Founders included domestic enemies in that oath of office. They thought liberty was as much at risk from threats within our borders as from outside. … Mr. Obama is a more serious threat to America than al Qaeda. We know that Osama bin Laden and followers want to kill us, but at least they are an outside force against whom we can offer our best defense. …
Mr. Obama’s most egregious and brazen betrayal of our Constitution was his statement to Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, that the administration will not enforce security on our southern border because that would remove Republicans’ desire to negotiate a “comprehensive” immigration bill. That is, to put it plainly, a decision that by any reasonable standard constitutes an impeachable offense against the Constitution.
Of course, Tancredo’s argument is built on fraud — even Kyl himself has walked back his false claim about Obama’s border security intentions, and spending on border security has “skyrocketed” under Obama. Sadly, Tancredo’s frivilous call to impeach Obama likely enjoys strong support among right-wing lawmakers. Yesterday, for example, newly-minted Tea Party Caucus leader Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) explained that a GOP Congress’ entire agenda should be to “issue subpoenas and have one hearing after another.”