Our republic: Lost cause or worth the fight?

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Sarah Palin and John Boehner should kiss and make up. They owe it to the country, no matter how uncomfortable the idea makes them or us feel!

Palin is the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate who has become a Tea Party maverick, and Boehner is the Republican speaker of the House who is a GOP establishment dinosaur.

Last week the battle lines were clearly drawn between these two camps of the Republican Party. Palin called for the impeachment of President Obama, in particular because of his abdication of responsibility for defending our southern border. Boehner, on the other hand, said he didn’t think impeachment was needed, partly because he is suing the president on behalf of the House of Representatives over an executive order delaying implementation of the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

It isn’t necessarily that Boehner is wrong, but Palin may just fear he doesn’t know what he is up against when challenging the Democratic machine.

As Palin said Tuesday, “You don’t bring a lawsuit to a gunfight. There’s no place for lawyers on the front lines.” 

Before anyone accuses Palin of being “politically incorrect” for her reference to firearms, let’s remember that she was echoing President Obama’s 2008 campaign line that if the Republicans “bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”

Well, the Republicans have been out-weaponed by the Democrats for the last six years, and if Palin wants to bring a gun this time instead of hauling around the usual Republican penknife to throw up against a Remington, well, that actually seems kind of fair to me. Or at least smart.

If you believe that what President Obama is doing for — or to — the country is a good thing, then by all means oppose impeachment, fight Sarah Palin and John Boehner both, and keep right on transforming the United States of America into your version of the People’s Republic of Utopia. 

But if you believe that a nation’s health, security and future are based on secure borders, rule of law, and a common language, then forget about politics and who’s going to win the next election and do what you know in your heart is right.

If that means trusting John Boehner to effectively argue in court that the president of the United States is not above the law, then so be it. But use Ronald Reagan’s approach: Trust but verify. Hold Boehner’s feet to the fire and make sure he moves forward with haste to ask the Supreme Court for a ruling. Is Obama the president or the supreme ruler? Does he follow the law, or does he make the law?

And if the Supreme Court punts — or declares that Congress is a powerless vestigial organ that has no importance to the body politic — then be prepared to join Palin in demanding impeachment.

The Constitution says that the president can only be impeached for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Whether failure to secure the borders represents “treason,” I leave to your own imaginations, with a simple reminder that the Constitution includes “giving... aid and comfort” to the enemies of the United States among its definions of treason. 

But putting aside any worry about the border, Benghazi, the IRS or any of the other scandals that have beset this administration, is there any greater crime or misdemeanor to be waged against the republic than to openly mock its laws and violate its Constitution? Rep. Boehner has chosen to take the president to court for ignoring his sworn duties, but that is not his only choice.

Let Boehner pursue his legal battle, and let Palin wage her rhetorical campaign. Chances are that the president and his fellow Democrats will prevail no matter what, but that does not mean the fight should not go on. That does not mean you surrender and throw up your hands because it is a lost cause. 

As Jimmy Stewart said at the end of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” when fighting against corruption and entrenched politics, “I guess this is just another lost cause,” but those are “the only causes worth fighting for... you fight for the lost causes harder than for any others. Yes, you even die for them.”

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