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Congressional Candidate Wants To Impeach Obama For ‘Giving Away’ Seven Arctic Islands

Congressional Candidate Wants To Impeach Obama For ‘Giving Away’ Seven Arctic Islands

 

Written by Scott Keyes

A congressional hopeful has a plan to impeach President Obama, deep in the heart of Texas.

Wes Riddle, a Republican tea party activist locked in a run-off with fellow GOPer Roger Williams in Texas’ 25th congressional district, is campaigning on a conspiracy theory even more bizarre than the fantasy that the United Nations and George Soros are conspiring to eliminate the game of golf.

Riddle has promised to begin the impeachment process against President Obama the day he enters Congress — seemingly implying that he believes Obama will be reelected — because of a boundary treaty that was ratified by the Senate in 1991. Obama was 30 years old at the time and just finishing up law school.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the details:

Riddle, a retired Army officer from Gatesville, wants to impeach Obama for “giving away” seven Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea islands near Siberia to Russia.

(Yes, even though those islands were ceded in 1991 under President George H.W. Bush.)

Riddle also wants to impeach Obama, according to the paper, because of “President Obama’s abuse of power and blatant disregard to the Constitution.”

This paranoid fantasy appears to have been spawned by Tea Party favorite Joe Miller. According to his World Net Daily piece, the Obama administration gave away “seven strategic, resource-laden Alaskan islands.” Miller was apoplectic: “We won the Cold War and should start acting like it.”

Though FactCheck.org has thoroughly debunked this conspiracy theory, reality hasn’t stopped Riddle from using it as a rationale for his goal of impeaching Obama.

The run-off election will take place on July 31.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.

 

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3:51AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

Few things better illustrate the Fascist right's obsession with President Obama than this particular manufactured outrage.

This is a perfect example of "Obama Derangement Syndrome". Like most of these manufactured issues, this one no basis in reality. The "right" has dozens of "non-profit" think tanks that do nothing but come up with these ridiculous allegations.

Read the truth about the islands here. And just have a look at the location of these islands.

http://www.state.gov/p/eur/rls/fs/128740.htm

Sorry if this explanation and link has been provided further down the thread. I might have missed it.

3:42AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

On a side note there is something worthy and interesting about Wrangle Island.

Mammoths did not become extinct on Wrangle Island until relatively recently! Their isolation might have protected them from ice age hunters. You can read about it here

http://io9.com/5896262/the-last-mammoths-died-out-just-3600-years-agobut-they-should-have-survived

http://dwb4.unl.edu/Chem/CHEM869Z/CHEM869ZLinks/www.radiocarbon.org/Journal/v37n1/vartanyan.html



3:00AM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Gene J, your post is star worthy. But then, most are.

1:04PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Corrupt special interests have perfected the art of "political payola" (bribes) to quickly gain controlling influence over whomever we elect to Congress, or the White House. It really no longer matters all that much if we have GOPoopers, Dam-o-crats, or Teabaggers in control of Congress, and party affiliation of our President is not all that relevant ... They are nearly all manipulated and directed by an oligarchy of the elite 1 (one) percent. When the public is divided and in verbal conflict or debate, special interest control of our government is made all the easier. If we want to help restore American freedoms and greatness, it will be necessary that we act together to demand a new Constitutional Convention to reform Congress and the Executive so power is returned to the people.

12:01PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Seems Obama gets blamed for everything the Bush's did.

11:17AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

What's wrong with these people?
Baby Bush was the one that gave away the islands to Russia, not to mention all the things he gave to oil companies (land rights) and Haliburton (the middle east and eastern Europe). And Daddy Bush's record isn't any better (Grand Pa Bush was the one that dug up Geronimo's grave and took his skull back to the Vault...all three are/were Skull and Bones).
And as far as the Constitution, Baby Bush was the one that referred to our Constitution as "...just a G-D piece of paper..." And just how constitutional is the Patriot Act?
Do they really believe that they can lie like that and get away with it?

10:36AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

David H, GH Bush gave them away.

10:26AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

thanks :)

8:49AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

David K - I think Nancy and Ronnies staff ran the presidency from day one. If he were to be elected again today he probably would have the same amount of input to his administration as he did in the 80's.

3:50AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Texas grows everything big except brains. This guy is a complete moron who should be running for the loony bin instead of anything to do with government. Fools can be dangerous, so let's get rid of him before the wackos in Texas vote for him -- the loony bin is waiting!
Re-elect President Obama for sanity in America.

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