Then you have to think out of the box. Nancy Pelosi gave America the perfect element to get what they want. She thanked the president for his efforts to insure that the immigration rally happened in an otherwise closed NATIONAL Mall. It is not the Government mall, the president’s mall or congresses mall, it is America’s mall. Now if you are not quite seeing the big picture here I will be glad to paint it out for you. To maximize the effects of this “shut down” the government shut down the national parks, memorials, monuments, museums, zoo…. No American is allowed to use these things because the government is shut down. But Nancy Pelosi made a point to mention the president in her address to the crowd stating “thank the president for enabling us to gather here”.
Well the president got his kudos, he loves kudos. And America got their impeachable offence. National Mall – a mall Of, relating to, or belonging to a nation as an organized whole. National Memorial – a memorial Of, relating to, or belonging to a nation as an organized whole These are things that belong to the collective as an organized whole.
The people own the National Mall, the national parks, the national monuments, national memorials, and even the zoo. Now that we have established ownership let’s discuss this rally. Now Pelosi let the cat out of the bag with her statement thanking President Obama for enabling the immigration rally on closed National property. So, Obama enables a rally that reflects his agenda (he benefits) to occur on National property, but he restricts the use of national property for general purposes or purposes that oppose his agenda. “We are not going to ship back 12 million people, we’re not going to do it as a practical matter. We would have to take all our law enforcement that we have available and we would have to use it and put people on buses, and rip families apart, and that’s not who we are, that’s not what America is about. So what I’ve proposed… is you say we’re going to bring these folks out of the shadows. We’re going to make them pay a fine, they are going to have to learn English, they are going to have to go to the back of the line…but they will have a pathway to citizenship over the course of 10 years.” (Obama – http://www.usamnesty.org/)
Now here is where it gets interesting: 18 USC § 641 – Public money, property or records Current through Pub. L. 113-36. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.) Whoever embezzles, steals, purloins, or knowingly converts to his use or the use of another, or without authority, sells, conveys or disposes of any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof, or any property made or being made under contract for the United States or any department or agency thereof; or Whoever receives, conceals, or retains the same with intent to convert it to his use or gain, knowing it to have been embezzled, stolen, purloined or converted— (http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/641).
The key word here is purloined The definition of purloin is: “to appropriate wrongfully and often by a breach of trust ” (Merriam Webster, 2013). Now this US Code deals with Criminal Conversion, yes a crime punishable by fine and/or no more than ten years imprisonment.
Finally, let’s look at impeachable offences: Impeachable Offenses In our Constitution lessons we have not quite made it as far as the Articles and sections that address impeachable offences. Article 2 Section 4 addresses impeachment. “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” are:
1. real criminality — breaking a law (bribery, extortion, conversion, murder, rape, any actual crime being a felony or misdemeanor).
2. abuses of power
3. violation of public trust” as defined by Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist Papers.
4. Behavior grossly incompatible with the proper function and purpose of the office.
5. Employing the power of the office for an improper purpose or for personal gain. (personal gain does not have to be material or monetary).
There you go America, it is the impeachment bone, and it has plenty of meat on it.