Dan Popp writes this weekend in Renew America, the far-right outlet run by impeachment advocate Alan Keyes, that Republicans should vote to impeach and remove President Obama from office because God wants them to go through with it.
He says Republicans should take a page from Moses, David and Martin Luther King Jr. and impeach Obama because God is on their side: “If God exists, and if it appears that the President – any President – has misused his authority, then we must do what is right and impeach him.”
Barack Obama deserves to be impeached. He deserves to be tried. And in my opinion he deserves to be removed from office. (So do many of the folks who would be impeaching and trying him, by the way.) If Obama were a Republican, Democrats would think so, too. That's one factor in the discussion on impeachment: the justice factor.
What about God?
What if Moses had thought better of defying his Obama, knowing that the consequence might be a more severe slavery for his brethren, rather than freedom? What if David had come to a reasonable conclusion about his prospects of victory over the nine-foot-tall Obama before him? – or Daniel, or Gideon, or Elijah, or the Apostles? What if the early Christian martyrs had looked at their approval ratings?
If these examples seem too remote, how about George Washington with his frostbitten few facing the greatest military in the world? Or those Christians who dared to try to eradicate chattel slavery, a tragedy that must have seemed like a permanent part of the human condition? How about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s renewal of their struggle? What of the young man in front of the tank in Tiananmen Square?
What if any of these had balked at the insurmountable "political realities" before them?
If there is a God, then what is right should trump any other consideration. He is the One who determines the rise and fall of nations, after all. If God exists, and if it appears that the President – any President – has misused his authority, then we must do what is right and impeach him.
We need a boatload of Esthers today. If I perish, I perish, but this has to be stopped.
Yes, we must be wise about how we go about trying to achieve the right. But we must also have faith. Looking at the polls and not to the heavens is a losing strategy for America.