People will gather on the Beverly Street and Wyoming Boulevard overpasses in Casper today to encourage Congress to impeach President Barack Obama.
Jacqueline Judd, Wyoming leader of Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment, said participants in the national movement want the president of the United States to answer for his “tyrannical, treasonous, unconstitutional actions.”
University of Wyoming professor James King, who specializes in American politics, the presidency and Congress, said they have no chance.
“This is an expression of public opinion, an expression of discontent with the Obama administration,” he said. “But there’s nothing that’s been part of the discussions to date that would fall into the realm of a normal impeachment investigation within the House of Representatives.”
Judd and her fellow protesters disagree. She said there’s proof Obama forged his birth certificate, declared war on Libya and funded the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaida. They want Obama impeached now because they fear he will revoke the right to vote by next fall and seek a third presidential term.
“Many of us believe that if we wait until election time for senators and representatives, we the people will be no more,” Judd said. “We will be under a socialist, communist country, no doubt in my mind.”
The president, she said, has demonstrated his ability to bypass Congress by issuing more executive orders than any other president.
That title, though, still goes to Franklin D. Roosevelt, who signed 3,466 executive orders in his four terms as president. Obama has signed 160 compared to George Bush’s 290 and Bill Clinton’s 363 executive orders, according to federal archives.
“Presidents use executive orders for a wide range of actions,” King said. “Some are very ceremonial. Some are true
He also said no president can declare war, but Obama has the power to use military force as commander in chief, a power many prior presidents have used.
The claim that Obama gave the Muslim Brotherhood $1.5 billion is also false. According to PolitiFact, the money was actually an aid package to Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood, which aims to promote the moral and religious law of Islam, is a particular political movement that has been part of Egyptian politics since 1928.
Obama has provided aid to Syrian rebels in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad, and some fear some of the insurgents could have ties to Islamic militant groups such as al-Qaeda. Because congressional committees disapproved of the aid, the administration in July delayed funding until an agreement can be reached, according to Reuters.
“The bottom line is he has not stuck to his oath that he proclaimed when he was inaugurated, both times,” Judd said.
King said that, under the Constitution, a president can only be impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” While there is no clear definition, he said the House of Representatives has only filed for impeachment when there is a clear violation of law.
Only two presidents have ever been impeached by the House, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Neither was convicted by the Senate nor removed from office.
“We have to start somewhere,” Judd said.
She said there should be more than 100 people from different areas of the state involved in Wyoming’s first rally. It is scheduled to last from noon to 7 p.m.
Drivers coming into Casper from the west will start near Exit 188 on Interstate 25 and end at the Beverly Street overpass. Those coming from the east will begin near Exit 182 and end on the Wyoming Boulevard overpass. Once the vehicles reach their destination shortly after noon, Judd said people will protest on the overpass sidewalks with signs.
“It’ll be kind of like a parade-type setup, coming from both directions,” she said.
Coordinators will also hold overpass protests today in Cheyenne, Judd said.