His bad behavior warrants his impeachment
By Frank Salvato
There is an unwarranted "mystery" that surrounds the third branch of government: the Judiciary Branch. People understand – or claim, to anyway – how the Executive and Legislative Branches of our federal government work. But very few people understand the Judicial Branch: how judges are selected, what their purview consists of, how they can be held accountable to We the People. This comes as no surprise to those who understand and actively defend the United States Constitution and the Charters of Freedom. After all, the Progressive controlled education system has all but expunged US history and civics education from any and all curriculum. This reality serves to undermine our Republic; to enslave our "free" people to the tyranny of Progressivism.
Most people understand that there is a procedure for removing a sitting president. The requirements for engaging in this process – impeachment – are outlined in Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution:
The definition of "high crimes and misdemeanors" is more complex than some would like to believe.
The Farlex free legal dictionary explains "high crimes and misdemeanors" thusly:
So, per the US Constitution, any "civil officer" was – and is – subject to impeachment. That means Attorney General Eric Holder is just as vulnerable to impeachment as President Obama, although this avenue is seldom traveled by politicians more devoted to the ballot box than their constituencies. Go figure.
But with regard to the Judicial Branch, there is an additional caveat. In Article III, Section 1, it states:
Constitutional scholar Johnathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University, writes at The Heritage Foundation:
When one considers the inclusion of individuals of the Judicial Branch in Article II, Section 4 and the added notation in Article III, Section 1, it would appear that the Founders and Framers understood that the judiciary – tasked with sitting in judgment of We the People, should be held to a higher standard that sought to exclude the poisons of politics and faction, while re-enforcing the importance to adherence to the rule of law.
I mention all of this because of something that Judge Richard Kopf, a federal judge seated out of Nebraska, said in reaction to the United States Supreme Court's decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby:
The acronym "STFU" stands for "shut the f*ck up."
By constitutional definition, the federal court that Judge Kopf sits on is an "inferior" court to the United States Supreme Court. To that end, Judge Kopf's opinion is moot to the opinions of the Supreme Court justices when issued in a ruling. Therefore, Judge Kopf's public statements – his public disparagement of his superiors' ruling – is no less than a usurpation of authority and (some could argue) a purposeful insurrection against his superiors in the American judicial system. Additionally, for many, his directive that the members of a superior court should "shut the f*ck up," satisfies the definition of insubordination.
It is well past time that Congress hold to account the many members of the Judicial Branch for not only "treason, bribery, or other high Crimes and misdemeanors," as they did with the impeachment from the federal bench of US Rep. Alcee Hastings, but transgressions of the mandated "good behavior" required of all of those – at every level – of the Judicial Branch.
Then again, for that matter, one has to wonder why Eric Holder hasn't been brought up on impeachment charges for dereliction of duty and violating his oath of office. But when I look at the political reprobates on both sides of the aisle in Congress I understand why...
Frank Salvato is the Executive Director for BasicsProject.org a grassroots, non-partisan, research and education initiative focusing on Constitutional Literacy, and internal and external threats facing Western Civilization. He is featured at FrankJSalvato.com: Because Our Republic Is Worth It. Mr. Salvato sits on the board of directors for Founders Alliance USA, a solutions-oriented non-profit organization. He also serves as the managing editor for NewMediaJournal.us. Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel and is a regular guest on talk radio across the country. Mr. Salvato is available for public speaking engagements. He can be contacted at email@example.com.