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  1. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    McCarthy claims that impeachment is a political process that requires political will of the people and that his book is an attempt to persuade readers that the Obama administration has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. However, from the start of the book the author employes rhetoric that is both partisan and hyperbolic--the only audience he has a chance of reaching are the minority who already agree with him (he acknowledges that this group is a minority in stating that the political will McCarthy claims that impeachment is a political process that requires political will of the people and that his book is an attempt to persuade readers that the Obama administration has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. However, from the start of the book the author employes rhetoric that is both partisan and hyperbolic--the only audience he has a chance of reaching are the minority who already agree with him (he acknowledges that this group is a minority in stating that the political will of the people for impeachment is not currently there). For those of us who don't believe there is an administration since the Carter administration--and likely well before that--that has *not* engaged in activities that could be considered high crimes and misdemeanors (Iran Contra, invading Iraq in 2003, sanctioning torture, revoking Glass Steagall, to name a few), this book doesn't really attempt to make a persuasive case--it assumes a readership that is already persuaded. I am politically left of center but I try to expose myself to ideas outside my own ideology and I tried to come to this book with an open mind. (In part because there are any number of things about the current administration that I am deeply dissatisfied with. The book goes into detail describing the many misdeeds of the Obama administration, some of which *are* disturbingly obstructionist, partisan, self serving, etc. But for the most part I didn't find these complaints compelling as "high crimes." Unsurprisingly Benghazi gets a lot of ink and I absolutely agree that the administration did a lousy job in their response to Bengazhi, I just don't find it convincing that trying and failing to achieve spin on a story constitutes high crimes and misdemeanors. And while I don't think the loss of life in Benghazi should be downplayed, a lot of embassies have been attacked and many people have died with virtually no notice on either side of the political spectrum. It's hard to understand why Benghazi is so special beyond partisan opportunism. See also: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-met... I was really surprised that this book didn't talk about the expansion of the NSA and spying on Americans, targeting american citizens for drone strikes, and the hostility the administration has for whistleblowers). As far as I'm concerned, this administration has been shockingly and disappointingly conservative--one of its biggests successes is slashing the deficit for pity's sake!(http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/s...) This book is not going to persuade many people who don't already agree with the underlying deeply partisan premise. If you're looking for even-handed conservative critique, look elsewhere.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris Hart

    McCarthy makes the point that impeachment is a political venture, not a legal one. The American people just don't have enough impetus to pressure their elected people in Congress to impeach the president. And with just 8 months until a new president takes office, what's the point? What this book does do is show how ignorant the citizenry today is about the Constitution and why a chief executive should not be allowed to trample its provisions and legislate his own policy preferences into law. With McCarthy makes the point that impeachment is a political venture, not a legal one. The American people just don't have enough impetus to pressure their elected people in Congress to impeach the president. And with just 8 months until a new president takes office, what's the point? What this book does do is show how ignorant the citizenry today is about the Constitution and why a chief executive should not be allowed to trample its provisions and legislate his own policy preferences into law. With Mr Obama's example, I fear the next president, no matter his or her nominal party, will continue the lawlessness in using a "pen and a phone" to curtail the rights of Americans under the rule of law rather than the rule of men. This is a problem even were I to believe that any future president will decree items that I would like to see enacted. If one doesn't like the laws as written, the law must be changed, not merely trampled upon. On to the review of the book and off the political rant--Mr McCarthy is a lawyer and writes like one. Not that it's boring or long-winded; the prose requires one to think about the words. It is not written for the lowest common denominator. As a cautionary story, future voters should consider carefully what political system they want to live under, for if chief executives continue to act unilaterally and the Congress continues to refuse to rein him in, we will no longer have our Republic. Instead, we will have tyranny and an elected king ruling us.

  3. 4 out of 5

    John Branney

    I didn't get this book. The author's thesis was basically we know Obama is doing wrong, we know we cannot impeach him out of office, but we need to try, for the sake of trying. Nothing new here. Two thumbs down. I didn't get this book. The author's thesis was basically we know Obama is doing wrong, we know we cannot impeach him out of office, but we need to try, for the sake of trying. Nothing new here. Two thumbs down.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dave Jones

    A nice discussion of the history of impeachment and laying out the case for impeachment. Very researched if not a bit short. Puts the facts in legal structure.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mike Hawkins

    Makes an intriguing case how impeachment works and if it's time to be applied to President Obama. Makes an intriguing case how impeachment works and if it's time to be applied to President Obama.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brad Davis Michael

    Half the book is footnotes. The book is quite good but I was expecting more detail and a more thorough analysis. For what I paid for the book, it is a bit overpriced.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Wallace

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    Brad

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    Anthony Ragan

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    Ken Brown

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    Steven Zimmerman

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    Duward W. Mallett

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    Scott Strenio

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    Diane Faris Pollock

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    Mary Ann

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    Dean L. Randolph

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    Nicholas Frazier

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    Wayne Samuels

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    Ken Roebuck

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    mark lemmons

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    John Arnold

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    Susie Sharp

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    G.K. Masterson

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    Gene

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    Dave Schultz

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    Grant Schaumburg

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    Shan Curley

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    Paul Kimbrough

  29. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Wiley

  30. 4 out of 5

    John

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