MSNBC host: These calls for Obama’s impeachment are “treasonous accusations”

posted at 11:21 am on July 10, 2014 by Allahpundit

Fun fact via Scott Whitlock: Michael Eric Dyson once signed a petition calling for George Bush to be “driven from office.” Even so, it’s hard to believe that anyone, even a guy who called Eric Holder “the Moses of our time,” could mean this semi-seriously. By “treasonous accusations,” does he mean that Palin herself accused Obama of treason in her Breitbart op-ed? Because she didn’t; she accused him of dereliction of duty. Or does he mean that merely floating the idea of impeachment, whether or not it’s justified by Obama’s infringement on separation of powers, is tantamount to treason? Treason involves an act of disloyalty to the United States, of course, not to the man in charge of the executive branch. Interesting that Dyson would conflate those two. I wonder which other Article I powers granted to Congress qualify as treasonous these days.

The most pitiful thing about this, actually, is how gratuitous it is even by MSNBC standards. He’s deep in the tank here defending Obama’s handling of the border crisis, but even his colleagues like Alex Wagner and Andrea Mitchell have been scratching their heads about that. And the impeachment thing, while fun to write about it, isn’t being taken seriously by anyone with real power — not the Speaker of the House, not Palin’s former running mate, not even her tea-party ally Ted Cruz. Dyson’s pulling the pin on a grenade at a moment when the left and right are momentarily a bit more aligned on the issues du jour than usual. But maybe we shouldn’t read much into it. I’ve always thought that Martin Bashir went wildly over the top with his rhetoric, especially vis-a-vis Palin, not so much because his disdain was really that deep but because he assumed that you can’t go wrong being excessively nasty to the right on MSNBC. I get the same vibe from Dyson here. You would think, if he’s throwing the word “treasonous” around, that he’d be exercised about it and want to explore that idea at length, but instead he zooms right past it, casual as can be. Just tossing it out there, a mindless little bouquet to the progressive viewer. Know your audience, I guess.


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Mark Knoller @markknoller · 3s

In seeking to sue POTUS, Boehner says he’s defending the institution of Congress “against encroachment from the Execuvtive Branch.”

canopfor on July 10, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Gee, Mr. Speaker, wouldn’t impeachment be one of the defenses “against encroachment from the Execuvtive Branch”?

Bitter Clinger on July 10, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I already got dibs on the bottom bunk in the corner… and keep your stinkin filth paws off my potato…

oscarwilde on July 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

I’ll take the bottom bunk in the center of the room. Nothing good goes into the corner.

Steve Eggleston on July 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Yup,…..Hopey was too busy FundRaising,..Golfing,..Hawiian trips,..Community Organizing, and ad nausem into infinity,..

….DERELICTION OF DUTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 8:21 PM

canopfor on July 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 16m

Why won’t you impeach Obama? Cowards! – press to the GOP.

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Hey, at least the guy is a total moron. Imagine how depressing it would be, if someone with an IQ greater than 60 had said something this ridiculous. It’d be like hearing that Einstein was concerned about Guam tipping over.

justltl on July 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM

I am surprised that this fool didn’t accuse Sarah Palin of committing lèse-majesté since the left considers Barack Hussein Obama to be King.

paulus1 on July 10, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Nothing good goes into the corner.

Steve Eggleston on July 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Nobody puts baby Eggy in the corner.

Flange on July 10, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Treasonous? Only to one side of the political divide, but not to America.

jake49 on July 10, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Yeah, looks like Michael Eric Dyson is prepared to go down with the ship.

dissent555 on July 10, 2014 at 12:12 PM

oscarwilde on July 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

I’ll take the bottom bunk in the center of the room. Nothing good goes into the corner.

Steve Eggleston on July 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Having your back in a corner, makes it difficult for those around you to stab you in the back. You will learn the hard way young Padawan…

oscarwilde on July 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Gee, Mr. Speaker, wouldn’t impeachment be one of the defenses “against encroachment from the Execuvtive Branch”?
Bitter Clinger on July 10, 2014 at 12:07 PM

No, because it would have absolutely no chance of succeeding. It would be yet another big Republican fail and would unite and fire up his currently faltering support among the majority of Americans. It’s a dumb idea.

tommyboy on July 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Yeah, looks like Michael Eric Dyson is prepared to go down with the ship on the CinC.

dissent555 on July 10, 2014 at 12:12 PM

FIFY

Immolate on July 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

This “professor” is a shame to Georgetown Law.

tjmorrill on July 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM

It’s a dumb idea.

tommyboy on July 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

No, it is an idea intentionally calculated to fail, while letting Bonehead off the hook for doing nothing.

oscarwilde on July 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Nothing good goes into the corner.

Steve Eggleston on July 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

A penalty kick?

Rix on July 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM

No, because it would have absolutely no chance of succeeding. It would be yet another big Republican fail and would unite and fire up his currently faltering support among the majority of Americans. It’s a dumb idea.

tommyboy on July 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Yeah, it probably would be. About as dumb as suing is. Afterall, even if Boehner prevailed, enforcement belongs to Obama.

Bitter Clinger on July 10, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Nothing good goes into the corner.

Steve Eggleston on July 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

A penalty kick?

Rix on July 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Steve obviously has never been to jail, only the victims and fresh meat stay out in the center.

oscarwilde on July 10, 2014 at 12:20 PM

MARK LEVIN: SARAH PALIN ‘EXACTLY RIGHT’ ON IMPEACHMENT, ‘STANDS WITH THE FRAMERS’

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/10/Mark-Levin-Sarah-Palin-Exactly-Right-on-Impeachment-Stands-with-the-Framers

Pork-Chop on July 10, 2014 at 12:20 PM

can_con on July 10, 2014 at 11:41 AM

As Rush keeps telling us: “The Liberals will tell you who they fear, just pay attention who they attack.”

PJ Emeritus on July 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM

And the impeachment thing, while fun to write about it, isn’t being taken seriously by anyone with real power — not the Speaker of the House, not Palin’s former running mate, not even her tea-party ally Ted Cruz.

Allahpundit

Argumentum ad populum is one of your weaker tactics, and that’s saying something.

fossten on July 10, 2014 at 12:24 PM

No, because it would have absolutely no chance of succeeding. It would be yet another big Republican fail and would unite and fire up his currently faltering support among the majority of Americans. It’s a dumb idea.

tommyboy on July 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

The Neville Chamberlain wing of the GOP is quite strong these days.

Keep appeasing; you’re good at it.

fossten on July 10, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Steve obviously has never been to jail, only the victims and fresh meat stay out in the center.

oscarwilde on July 10, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Give me the middle of a wall then. It’s more sanitary than the corner.

Steve Eggleston on July 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM

And the impeachment thing, while fun to write about it, isn’t being taken seriously by anyone with real power — not the Speaker of the House, not Palin’s former running mate, not even her tea-party ally Ted Cruz.

Allahpundit

Argumentum ad populum is one of your weaker tactics, and that’s saying something.

fossten on July 10, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Is he wrong?

Impeachment is never gonna actually happen. Talk is the only stage it will ever reach.

Bitter Clinger on July 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Pea brain….I am coming to realize more and more that liberals do not use the brains that God gave them….ignoring facts and the truth just get in the way of their stupidity.

crosshugger on July 10, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Palin is so desperate for attention these days, she is venturing off into Alex Jones territory.

I expect to see Palin soon in one of those History Channel shows telling us what is really in Area 51.

Moesart on July 10, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Citing the Constitution is Alex Jones territory?

The one desperate for attention is you, and you won’t be getting the good kind.

fossten on July 10, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Is he wrong?

Impeachment is never gonna actually happen. Talk is the only stage it will ever reach.

Bitter Clinger on July 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM

You’re asking the wrong question.

The correct question should be, “Is she right?”

Talk (public discourse) is HOW IT SHOULD BEGIN. You have a better chance of impeaching a president when you get out there and convince the public that he is a criminal. You have a better chance of doing that than Boehner does with his stupid lawsuit.

Forgetting whether or not it is politically expedient is impossible for those like AP who view everything through a political prism.

I’m sure the founding fathers were told that nobody agreed with them about resisting the redcoats, and they were probably told many times that there was no chance they would win.

fossten on July 10, 2014 at 12:35 PM

I don’t see “calls for impeachment” listed under Article III Section 3 of our US Constitution. BUT, I do see “giving aid and comfort to our enemies” listed!

This MSNBC trunk monkey wouldn’t know treason if someone armed Mexican drug cartels and Islamic terrorists right in front of his butt-kissing face!

dominigan on July 10, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Steve obviously has never been to jail, only the victims and fresh meat stay out in the center.

oscarwilde on July 10, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Happy to say I also have never had the opportunity to learn that lesson, and hope I never do…..

dentarthurdent on July 10, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Race man talking, nothing to see here.

Mason on July 10, 2014 at 12:42 PM

fossten on July 10, 2014 at 12:35 PM

She is right, if we were still living in a sane world.

I’m sympathetic that Obama has committed impeachable offenses. I’m realistic enough to know that the Senate Democrats will NEVER vote to convict the first black (well, half-black) president. All the talk in the world won’t change that.

Bitter Clinger on July 10, 2014 at 12:42 PM

It would be treasonous if he doesn’t resign!

Sven on July 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM

If this be treason, make the most of it. — Patrick Henry

NevadaD on July 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM

You know what’s really treasonous you piece of crap Michael Eric Dyson?? Abandoning 2 former Navy Seals to die in Benghazi..Giving guns to drug cartels that ended in the death of a border agent..Opening up the borders so that thousands of illegals can come in to this country and that also includes jihadists and mexican drug cartels..Trading a traitor and deserter for 5 evil monsters in gitmo

THESE are treasonous actions and for them Obama and Holder should be in prison….

sadsushi on July 10, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Dyson didn’t threaten to Sh*t in her mouth did he??

Come on, you know he wanted to….

ToddPA on July 10, 2014 at 12:49 PM

MSNBC host: These calls for Obama’s impeachment are “treasonous accusations”

The intelligence challenged guy doesn’t know what treason is.

TerryW on July 10, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Also training and giving money to jihadists in Syria are treasonous actions..still giving money to the PA while hamas has joined with them is treasonous..I can go on and on

sadsushi on July 10, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Impeach the treasonous Fascist bastard occupying the oval office!

Sue me for saying it.

God Bless Texas!

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 1:09 PM

I just love how she gets them crazy.

Palin is the Thorn In Their Side.

….try out that acronym, yo.

Dongemaharu on July 10, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Wow! MSNBC almost has ir right for one. They just have the word order somewhat wrong. These are not “treasonous Accusations!” they are in fact “Accusations of Treason”! I know the difference may seem abit subtle for such high minded intellectuals as the folks over at that network.

patches on July 10, 2014 at 1:14 PM

I wonder which other Article I powers granted to Congress qualify as treasonous these days.

All of them when they are invoked to oppose B.A. Obama. (I’ll let you guess what the A stands for, though I’ll throw in a hint – “Enabling Act”).

Steve Eggleston on July 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Well, ok, if calling for impeachment is bad, then howz about we just go for a BIG set of criminal indictments?

dentarthurdent on July 10, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Well, ok, if calling for impeachment is bad, then howz about we just go for a BIG set of criminal indictments?

dentarthurdent on July 10, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Since he’s the Commander in Chief of the military, how about some criminal charges under UCMJ?

dentarthurdent on July 10, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Dyson has the intellect of a pig. DMZNBC had achieved the opposite of their intended goal through their desperate attempt to infuse color into the Snow White studio.

Jaibones on July 10, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Whether or not Obama has violated both Constitution and Rule of Law is no longer in question, as both have already been proven beyond any doubt. For example, the Constitution CLEARLY states once a bill has been signed into law ONLY CONGRESS can modify that law. President Obama, however, has already personally modified the ACA over 40 times. Anyone, such as this clown, who attempts to defend Obama and argue the point is ignoring / discounting the US Constitution just as much as Obama is. Obama has / is violating the Constitution & rule of law, has abandoned his oath of office and duty as President, AND has abused his power as President. The SCOTUS, for example, has ruled against him 13 times already for doing so.

No matter how you look at it Impeachment would be completely justifiable.

easyt65 on July 10, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Dyson shows his ignorance regarding knowing what ‘Impeachment’ truly is, as I am sure most Americans have no lue as well.

Only the House of Representatives can draft and pass ‘Articles of Impeachment’ against a U.S. President. This is the equivalent of a Grand Jury deciding if there is enough evidence to hold a trail / sending the recomendation up for a trail to be held based on the information / evidence found. The Committees investigating the IRS (and every other Obama scanda) is doing the same thing – If they find enough evidence to warrant the DOJ appointing a Special Prosecutor and taking the case to trial. The House submitting Articles of Impeachment is this equivalent.

Only the SENATE can finish the process, which is the equivalent to holding the trial, finding a Presdent ‘Guilty’, and remove him from office.

In Obama’s case, if the House did send Articles of Impeachment to the Senate, the Senate would most definitely vote down the Articles of Imeachment, ie ‘find him innocent’. Declaring that the House engaging in one of the acts that is part of it’s responsibilities to be ‘treasonous’ is absolutely MORONIC!

easyt65 on July 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Perfect read

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:55 PM

The terms “treason” and “traitor” are thrown around wildly by commenters on just about every conservative website, almost always without understanding the terms’ precise meanings. I’ve tired of it. What they are usually describing it “tyranny,” that is Obama’s wanton lawlessness in exercising the powers (not the authority, the powers) of the Presidency. Tyranny is just as effective a term. Use it.

Esaus Message on July 10, 2014 at 2:08 PM

IMPEACHMENT REASONS

Whereas the President of the United States knowingly violated two statutory provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act, one of which identifies as a felony the unmitigated, material support of an identified terrorist organization, and the second of which expressly required 30-day notice to the United States Congress prior to transfer of prisoners from the Gitmo Prison facility
…Whereas the President … publicly divulged the name of a senior US intelligence officer serving in a foreign country, in violation of Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, Public Law 97-200, United States Code Sections 421 to 426;
…repeatedly asserted false, material facts in association with prospective healthcare legislation subsequently signed into law;
…propagated false statements with the intent of deceiving the American People concerning cause of death for four American citizens, including one United States Ambassador;
…failed to preserve the lives of innumerable combat veterans by refusing to respond, over a five year period, to life-threatening conditions documented by multiple inspector general reports on multiple Veterans Administration hospitals
…knowingly asserted executive privilege over thousands of documents related to secret shipments of firearms to criminals in a foreign country resulting in the death of a U.S. law enforcement officer…
…knowingly utilized the powers of the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to search, seize data, intimidate American citizens, pursue private information without warrant, in violation of the Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments;
…knowingly collected private information on millions of American citizens for unknown purposes and without conforming these searches to the US Constitution’s “search and seizure” guarantees of the Fourth Amendment;
…knowingly sought to intimidate, chill and silence through abuse of law members of the press, both collectively and individually, suppressing “freedom of the press” to which all Americans are entitled under the First Amendment;
…repeatedly abused executive authority through the unprecedented issuance of ultra vires executive orders and waivers of law not authorized by the US Constitution or by Congress;
Therefore the President of the United States shall be subject to impeachment in the United States Senate, under Article 2, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, for such “high crimes and misdemeanors” as are described in the foregoing Articles and petition for removal.

sniffles1999 on July 10, 2014 at 2:43 PM

RACE BAITING and insults are all msnbc has to defend obama.

sniffles1999 on July 10, 2014 at 2:44 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJxmpTMGhU0

It’s only 16 secs. Go ahead and watch it. You know you want to.

307wolverine on July 10, 2014 at 3:13 PM

What <0bama's doing isn't treason–it's sedition.

Isn't malfeasance in office at least a misdemeanor, if not a "high crime?"

Impeachment isn't really an option, because of the political make-up of the Senate and its own utter contempt for the Constitution and rule of law. The Senate, as a body (there are obviously exceptions among the members, just not significant numbers of them) and <0bama mirror one another. It is a sorry state of affairs that will take a long time and probably a lot of pain and maybe some anarchy to fix.

If there's any chance of beginning to turn the USA back toward Constitutional government, we need to focus on using <0bama's failures and the Senate's feckless maneuverings to differentiate and motivate opposition (to the status quo) candidates and the electorate. We need the "silent majority" to roar once again.

Ay Uaxe on July 10, 2014 at 5:18 PM

sniffles1999 on July 10, 2014 at 2:43 PM, that’s just the half of it. Well said. You’re so right and we are so screwed.

Ay Uaxe on July 10, 2014 at 5:45 PM

And the impeachment thing, while fun to write about it, isn’t being taken seriously by anyone with real power — not the Speaker of the House, not Palin’s former running mate, not even her tea-party ally Ted Cruz.

Allahpundit

How long must our patience endure? They govern not in our interest, but in spite of our interest. Every day they spit in our faces and laugh. When will enough be enough?

claudius on July 10, 2014 at 9:39 PM

MSNBC Job opening! Retarted morons eligible to apply.

RdLake on July 11, 2014 at 2:20 PM

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