Representative Steve Stockman (R-Texas) was so disgusted by President Barack Obama’s State of the Union promise to sidestep Congress to further the White House agenda that he walked out midway through the President’s speech on Tuesday. Now the Representative says he is seriously considering filing Articles of Impeachment against the President.
In a statement to supporters, Stockman explained that he walked out of the State of the Union address because the President was essentially laying out a plan to violate the Constitution.
“I could not bear to watch as he continued to cross the clearly-defined boundaries of the Constitutional separation of powers,” Stockman said a statement. “Needless to say, I am deeply disappointed in the tone and content of tonight’s address.”
According to Stockman, the President’s assertion that the White House will not wait on Congress to achieve many of its goals was a public announcement that Obama will “break his oath of office and begin enacting his own brand of law through executive decree.”
“Obama defiantly vowed not only to radically expand the reach of government from cradle to grave, but to smash the Constitution’s restrictions on government power while doing it,” Stockman said. “His goal is to eliminate our Constitutional republic.”
“Last year I said I would consider impeachment as a last resort to stop Obama’s abuse of power,” Stockman continued. “And, quite frankly, we’re running out of options.”
The lawmaker, who is currently mounting a Senate campaign for Senator John Cornyn’s (R-Texas) seat, is asking supporters to sign a petition that will help him gauge support for initiating the impeachment process against the President.
Stockman isn’t the only one calling for Obama’s impeachment on the heels of the State of the Union address. Jeff Steinberg, senior editor at the Executive Intelligence Review, said that all conservative members of Congress should now be seriously considering impeachment.
“The main message that Obama delivered during his State of the Union is that he intends to use executive dictatorial powers to bypass Congress,” he said on Wednesday.
“If I was in the Congress, I would have gone immediately this morning and filed impeachment proceedings against him because he’s stated publicly that he intends to violate the most sacred principles of the Constitution which is the separation of power between the executive and legislative branches and the courts,” he added.