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Bob Unruh - WND

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Dec. 1, 2011

Two organizations that sponsored an "Impeach Obama" banner flying over the USS Carl Vinson just before Barack Obama arrived to watch a college basketball game recently have announced plans to give an eyeful to fans, estimated to total one million, who will line the route of the coming Rose Parade.

A banner with the same message in 12-foot-high lettering is scheduled to be towed by a small airplane for the event.

The impeachment clause in the U.S. Constitution, and what it means: All here in "The Case for Imipeachment."

"An 'Impeach Obama' sky-banner will be towed over the route of the Rose Parade and over the freeways of downtown Los Angeles," said an announcement from "Stop Obama Now!! – San Diego organization.

The banner from several weeks ago:




The banner

"FAA requirements are that the plane stay 3,000 feet above the parade route, but we will be towing a sign with 12-foot letters, much larger than normal, which will be visible for over a mile," the organization has confirmed.

"More than one million people are expected to be along the parade route, including many foreign visitors and media. This is a great opportunity to completely bypass the media and let the public know that we want Obama, exposed and removed from office," the group has announced.

The Stop Obama Now!! – San Diego organization joined with San Diego's own Impeach Obama Tea Party and a flying banner company several weeks ago for the Vinson aerial stunt.

The video:


Supporters of the plan said, "Whether you believe that impeachment is practical at this time or not, this event is a protest of the media bias surrounding the Obama candidacy and presidency. We feel that the media has practiced a huge double standard. Criticism of Obama is suppressed. This is a chance to voice our disapproval in a way that is difficult to ignore and there is a benefit in that, in itself. It is said that in time of deception, the truth is subversive. This is a time of deception."

The organizations also are raising money for the coming event.

The earlier flyover rattled more than a few individuals, as the pilot for the banner company reported the tower told him to "depart the area," because there were "a lot of telephone calls" coming in.

National Sky Ads, which flew the banner, reported to WND, "Our pilot was told to move even though we were not in restricted air space."

The company added, "We circled North Island until the tower moved us out due to phone calls."

Roger Ogden, an organizer for "Stop Obama Now!!" said his group and an estimated 8,000 members of the "Impeach Obama Tea Party" on Facebook joined for the Vinson flyover.

"Some of the participants are also from several other local patriot groups," he said at the time. "The participants voice many reasons why Obama should not be in office. In general, people believe that he is not a loyal American and was not fit or qualified to become president in the first place and that he has committed many acts, while in office, to confirm that opinion. Participants are also outraged that the news media has glossed over many troubling facts about his background and unconstitutional actions while in office."

He said, "Conservatives, by nature, do not like to be rebellious or confrontational and I have been looking for new ways for my members to speak out that may be more suited to their demeanor and which are not controlled by the corporate media. Sky banners are a good way to get a short message out to many people."

He said he hopes "America will grasp this message … We don't want it to be partisan … because it's not about party politics. It's about him being eligible for the office of president."

There are two driving forces pushing the impeach Obama effort: the concept that as the Constitution requires presidents to be a "natural born citizen" and as Obama's father never was a citizen he doesn't meet the definition from the U.S. Supreme Court that that would be a person born of two citizen parents in the country.

The other force is the myriad moves he's made in the White House, from taking over private corporations to spending trillions of dollars more than the budget allocated to bowing to Islamic leaders to maneuvering to threaten constitutional rights such as that protected by the 2nd Amendment.

Past efforts to take Obama to court over the eligibility dispute have proven unsuccessful, although Maricopa, Ariz., County Sheriff Joe Arpaio currently has a Cold Case Posse investigating the possibility that Obama will use a fraudulent document to try to qualify for the state's ballot in 2012.

There also are several lawsuits pending that challenge Obama's eligibility, but the U.S. Supreme Court repeatedly has refused to even consider the question of law at hand – whether Obama is eligible. One justice admitted the judges were avoiding the issue.

And there have been revelations that Obama supporters tried to change the requirement that a president be a natural-born citizen legislatively before Obama's ascent to power, strongly suggesting a knowledge of a potential problem years ago.

Despite the stonewalling by official channels, a scientific survey showed fully half of Americans want Congress to investigate.

There have been other calls for Obama to be removed.

Former Congressman Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., wrote in a WND column: "The number of the president's actions that arguably qualify as impeachable offenses is staggering. The question before the country is what to do about it.

"It is time for the House of Representatives to take its constitutional responsibility seriously and launch an impeachment investigation. The investigative committee should hold hearings, collect and weigh the evidence, and then present its findings to the Congress and the nation. "

He cited individual violations on which Obama, if found guilty, should be removed.

The first statement from a member of Congress on the issue of impeachment came from U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., who responded to this question from Think Progress: "I know Newt Gingrich has came out (sic) and said if they don't reverse course [regarding trials for terror suspects] here, we ought to be talking about possibly impeaching either Attorney General [Eric] Holder or even President Obama to try to get them to reverse course. Do you think that is something you would support?"

Franks replied: "If it could gain the collective support, absolutely. I called for Eric Holder to repudiate the policy to try terrorists within our civil courts, or resign. So it just seems like that they have an uncanny ability to get it wrong on almost all fronts."



WND also has reported that Jonathan Chait at The New Republic, before the 2010 election, predicted that the House would impeach Obama, but he wouldn't be removed from office because that would require 67 votes in the Senate.

"Hear me now and believe me later. ... They won't do it right away. And they won't succeed in removing Obama. (You need 67 Senate votes.) But if Obama wins a second term, the House will vote to impeach him before he leaves office," Chait wrote.

In his explanation of why he believed an impeachment could be forthcoming, Chait says the reason itself won't matter.

"Wait, you say. What will they impeach him over? You can always find something. Mini-scandals break out regularly in Washington. Last spring, the political press erupted in a frenzy over the news that the White House had floated a potential job to prospective Senate candidate Joe Sestak. On a scale of one to 100, with one representing presidential jaywalking and 100 representing Watergate, the Sestak job offer probably rated about a 1.5. Yet it was enough that GOP Representative Darrell Issa called the incident an impeachable offense," Chait wrote.

WND also reported when Maj. Gen. Jerry Curry, who served in Vietnam and commanded the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground during his long military career, said Congress should simply hand Obama an ultimatum.

"Action should be taken by the Senate and should be taken by the House," he said. "They should serve notice on him and say, 'Mr. President, we love you but we want to tell you something. You're under a cloud of suspicion. We can't continue running this country with you in charge under this cloud. Now either you clear it up or you resign from office.'"

He was answering questions on Stan Solomon's "Talk to Solomon" show:


Peter Ferrara, on the American Spectator website, also has predicted Obama's resignation.

"I am now ready to predict that President Obama will not even make it [to 2012]," he wrote. "I predict that he will resign in discredited disgrace before the fall of 2012," Ferrera said.

Times columnist Jeffrey T. Kuhner, who also is president of the Edmund Burke Institute, wrote, "President Obama has engaged in numerous high crimes and misdemeanors. The Democratic majority in Congress is in peril as Americans reject his agenda. Yet more must be done: Mr. Obama should be impeached."

Kuhner continued, "He is slowly – piece by painful piece – erecting a socialist dictatorship. We are not there – yet. But he is putting America on that dangerous path. He is undermining our constitutional system of checks and balances; subverting democratic procedures and the rule of law; presiding over a corrupt, gangster regime; and assaulting the very pillars of traditional capitalism. Like Venezuela's leftist strongman, Hugo Chavez, Mr. Obama is bent on imposing a revolution from above – one that is polarizing America along racial, political and ideological lines. Mr. Obama is the most divisive president since Richard Nixon. His policies are balkanizing the country. It's time for him to go."

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown, in a WND column, discussed the they launched.

And at the Taking America Back 2010 conference in Miami in September 2010, Floyd Brown expanded on the idea.

Brown, president of the Western Center for Journalism, said, "The Obama presidency is a disease. … Article 2, Section 4 (the impeachment clause of the Constitution) is the cure. And it's Obama's hatred of America that makes it absolutely imperative that we take action now.

"Barack Hussein Obama is not some do-gooder that has had his plans go astray," Brown added. "He is not a person of good will just trying his best to make America go the right direction. He is not. Barack Hussein Obama is a liar that absolutely knows what he's doing to the United States of America. He has a plan. He has an agenda. This man knows exactly where he's taking us.

"Barack Obama is a very dangerous man," said Brown. "Over the last two years, we have been watching the slow progression of what I call a bloodless coup."