In an interview with National Journal (h/t Hot Air), Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, floated the idea of impeachment if President Obama raises taxes in a hypothetical second term:
Obama can sit there and let all the tax [cuts] lapse, and then the Republicans will have enough votes in the Senate in 2014 to impeach. The last year, he’s gone into this huddle where he does everything by executive order. He’s made no effort to work with Congress.
To be clear: If Norquist is proposing that Obama can or should be impeached for raising taxes or signing executive orders, I disagree with him. But there are already very solid grounds for Obama’s impeachment. On December 31, 2011, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Section 1021 empowers the president to indefinitely detain American citizens suspected of terrorism without trial in direct violation of the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Amendments. By signing the NDAA into law, President Obama has violated the constitution and thus his oath of office. I can’t imagine an American president engaging in a higher crime.
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Obama had a lot of help. 93 senators and 283 congressmen voted for the NDAA. I’m completely on-board with impeaching Obama for signing the NDAA, but we should be sure to remove from office every single congressman or senator who voted for it as well. They too violated the constitution and their oaths of office. We should also give pink slips to the congressmen who couldn’t be bothered to vote yea or nay. That would leave us with a new president, only 136 incumbent congressmen, and just seven incumbent senators. Sounds about right to me.