The South Dakota Republican Party state convention passed a resolution on Saturday for the impeachment of President Barack Obama.
The resolution states Obama “violated his oath of office in numerous ways.” referring specifically to the release of five Taliban combatants in a trade for captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, Obama's lies about being able to keep your health insurance, and recent EPA regulations.
“Therefore, be it resolved that the South Dakota Republican Party calls on our U.S. Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against the president of the United States,” the resolution states.
Allen Unruh of Sioux Falls sponsored the resolution.
“I've got a thick book on impeachable offenses of the president,” Unruh said, calling on South Dakota to “send a symbolic message that liberty shall be the law of the land.”
Delegate David Wheeler of Beadle County disagreed.
“I believe we should not use the power of impeachment for political purposes,” Wheeler said. “By doing this, we would look petty, like we can't achieve our political goals through the political process.”
Larry Eliason of Potter County agreed, noting that he opposed the impeachment resolution even though “the only thing (Obama's) done the last six years that I approve of is when he adopted a pet.”
But Larry Klipp of Butte County, a retired Marine, said matters go beyond mere political disagreements with Obama.
“If anyone in this room cannot see the horrendous, traitorous scandals run by the Obama administration, I will pray for you,” Klipp said.
Delegates voted 191-176 in favor of the resolution. The Pennington County delegation voted 47-9 in favor of the impeachment resolution, and Minnehaha County voted 28-15 in favor.
Rep. Kristi Noem, South Dakota's lone delegate in the House of Representatives — which has the power to initiate impeachment proceedings — was cool to the resolution.
Noem, who addressed the Republican convention Saturday morning, hours before the resolutions was voted on, doesn't believe impeachment is the “best way” to deal with Obama.