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Time to impeach

| Monday, June 30, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Time to impeach

If the Republicans win the U.S. Senate in November, they face a dilemma: to do what's right for the country or what's right for their chances in 2016.

It is now obvious to all but President Obama's most zealous supporters that he has repeatedly violated the Constitution. And it is highly probable that he and his administration actively obstructed investigations into Benghazi and the IRS targeting of conservative groups.

For the good of the country, the Republicans and concerned Democrats must strongly consider impeachment proceedings against Obama. If not, the principle of separation of powers — a cornerstone of our Constitution — will be emasculated and we'll be well down the road to some type of autocratic government.

But impeachment proceedings are very dangerous to the political fortunes of the party that initiates them. Even when justified, it is traumatic for the country and typically frustrates and angers the public, even those people who believe the proceedings are justified. Thus, it will likely damage Republican hopes to win the presidency in 2016.

Obama needs to be impeached to restore balance to the branches of government and preserve the Constitution. I say this even though the thought of Hillary Clinton as our next president scares the hell out of me — even after enduring Obama.

Michael G. Bitterice

Freeport

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