No American Is Above The Law
I think I’ll rob a bank today. Bank robbery is a federal crime. The FBI will come after me. When (not if) I get caught, I’ll just say that I’m choosing which law to obey and which laws to not obey, just like President Barack Hussein Obama did on Friday, June 15, 2012. Obama chose to ignore the law, so why can’t I? Not obeying the law did not get Obama arrested, so we’ll see if the police and/or FBI arrest me. I’m betting that what worked for Obama will not work for me and that I’ll get arrested.
Obama has announced that his administration’s policy is to no longer enforce our country’s immigration laws. The new policy will encourage agents to suspend deportation proceedings and grant amnesty to those who meet the criteria of the Dream Act. So the administration is declaring that federal agents will ensure our laws are not executed faithfully. “This grant of deferred action is not immunity, it is not amnesty. It is an exercise of discretion so that these young people are not in the removal system,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Hey Janet, can I get in on that “exercise of discretion” as well?
In September, 2011, Obama said, “I just have to continue to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce ….”
Speaking of “laws on the books that I have to enforce,” here is what the US Constitution says about the president’s role in law enforcement. In Article II (The Executive Branch), section 3, it states: “… he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed ….” The Constitution clearly says “the Laws.” It doesn’t say a word about laws he chooses, or about policies based on those laws.
Whatever happened to “no American is above the law?” Whatever happened to “equal treatment under the law?” Whatever happened to “justice is blind?” Oh, wait. I just realized that Eric Holder, an Obama appointee, heads our US Department of Justice, so Obama can act with impunity, but I can’t.
Since we now have proof that Obama is not enforcing ALL laws passed by Congress, will impeachment calls from the MSM and prominent Democrats be forthcoming? There certainly were calls when George W. Bush was president. The US Constitution, in Article II, section 4, states: “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” So I guess the interpretation is now whether not enforcing a law rises to the level of “high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” The House of Representatives has the sole power of impeachment, but the trial is conducted by the Senate.
We have a President who has misgoverned and a Congress that has refused to hold him accountable. It is a grave situation and I believe the stakes for our country are high.
No American is above the law, and if we allow a President to violate, at the most basic and fundamental level, the trust of the people and then continue to govern, without a process for holding him accountable-what does that say about our commitment to the truth? To the Constitution? To our democracy?
The trust of the American people has been broken. And a process must be undertaken to repair this trust. This process must begin with honesty and accountability.
I am not willing to put any political party before my principles.
This, instead, is about beginning the long road back to regaining the high standards of truth and democracy upon which our great country was founded.
I’m betting that none of today’s Democrats will remember anything McKinney said in her statement. Impeachment calls by McKinney, Democrats, and the MSM were based on perceptions and political disagreements, not on provable facts, as is what Obama is now doing.
I guess the question now is, “Does Obama think he is a king, an imperial president, and is above the law?” Dr. Charles Krauthammer said, “This [Obama’s immigration policy] ought to be in the hands of Congress, and it is an end-run. What’s ironic of course is for eight years, the Democrats have been screaming about the imperial presidency with the Bush administration, the nonsense about the unitary executive. This is out-and-out lawlessness.”
Obama’s dismissal of our nation’s laws is, at best, an outrage. Congress should take immediate steps to stop Obama’s imperial and near dictatorial actions. And Democrats and the MSM should also oppose his acts. Otherwise when George Romney wins in November, he could have quite a few precedents to follow. And expect Democrats and the MSM to shout the loudest if Romney does anything they don’t like, such as follow any precedents Obama has set.
To paraphrase George Orwell, “Some citizens are more equal than others.”
But that’s just my opinion.