Congressman Jason Chaffetz is considered a smart, if brash, Republican member of Congress who was elected a few years ago by opposing an entrenched establishment conservative who had lost touch with party faithful in the Beehive State. A former place-kicker for the BYU Cougars, Chaffetz has excelled as Congressman and has built strong credibility with other Republican members of Congress, and has had a knack for being at the center of issues, such as the Benghasi tragedy, Obamacare, and the fiscal cliff and sequester debates.
And now Chaffetz has really done it: he has used the “impeachment” word. In doing so, Chaffetz elevates the concerns millions of Americans have about the appearance of extensive corruption in the Obama Administration. The word deserves to be used, whether the Congress does so or not. Recent disclosures by no less than the Washington Post that in 2010 the Obama Administration engaged in covert spying on Fox News report James Rosen, by tapping his email traffic, monitoring his movements at the State Department, and collecting the reporter’s telephone records, are among the most chilling of the recent series of disclosures, blunders, and outright lies that have been exposed regarding Obama’s Benghasi, Associated Press, and IRS political targeting scandals. Imagine if George W. Bush had engaged in such activities! Impeachment articles would have already been introduced in Congress.
Whether or not impeachment proceeds, it is about time that a member of Congress stand-up and use the word, even if it serves only as an expression of the deep distrust Americans are beginning to have about the serious flaws of this Administration. Good for you, Jason!