Friday, February 25, 2011

King Obama and His Big Breeches

President Obama just unilaterally declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and instructed the Department of Justice not to defend the statute in court. Well, I'll be.

The funny thing about that, is that the President of the United States doesn't have the authority to decide what laws are constitutional or not. That is not a power afforded the Executive Branch.

On January 19th, the White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, told reporters, ''We can't declare the law unconstitutional ... We ... have to represent the viewpoint of the defendant.'' Obama's flip flop on policy and sudden misunderstanding of the law in such a short time is more than a little scary.

He very much wants to be, wishes he were, wants to be King of America, but the President isn't a king. He doesn't get to make decrees. He is the chief executive with the responsibility to enforce existing laws - even laws he doesn't like.

Does anyone remember Obama calling himself a former constitutional professor? I think someone needs a remedial course in American constitutional law and to be reminded that no one, not even the President King is above the law. He does not have the authority, the permission of our constitution, to arbitrarily choose which laws his Administration will or will not enforce.

The legislative, executive, and judicial branches have their purposes and divisions of power that are very deliberate. The President and his Department of Justice have an obligation to defend every law unless the Supreme Court of the United States declares it unconstitutional. Obama doesn't get to make that determination.

A President is not a king who can unilaterally decide what our laws are, and Obama cannot choose which laws his Administration will and will not enforce. The rule of law must prevail and that might require you to find your voice. Don't run and hide like the Democrat flee-baggers of Wisconsin, shirking their responsibilities. This is real life and running and hiding won't make the bad stuff go away.

3 comments:

  1. Hmmmm. I disagree with most of this. Here's why: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/260680/throwing-towel-constitution-jonah-goldberg

    What I DO think is wrong with all of this is that he's told DOJ to stop defending the law in court because it's unconstitutional, but they are going to enforce the law. He's trying to cut the baby in half. Not a profile in courage.

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  2. I hate when you do that. Disagree with me, I mean.
    "In a properly ordered constitutional republic, this would be a scandal. But in America today, it’s cause for eye-rolling, shrugs, and platitudes about the demands of politics."
    Well I WANT utopia. I WANT a properly ordered constitutional republic. If I pretend that what I want "is" then in my world it is. I am not a President King so I don't have to know all the rules or follow them.
    Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be over there coloring outside the lines waiting for you to tell me the facts about my next blog entry.

    psst.. *big smiley face* <3

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  3. Actually, I'm not sure I should've posted. You've been carrying the full weight of this place for forever and I only pop in to spout off. So I wasn't going to say anything...but then I thought, well, I'm still the "bitter" part of this operation, so I'm going to say when I disagree.

    It's an issue that National Review has been bringing up for several years (not DOMA, but that something isn't constitutional or not just because the Supremes say so). There's actually been a very interesting debate about this very thing in The Corner today. Jonah (who is not a lawyer) and Shannen Coffin (who is) have been debating it some. And Jonah cited someone from The Volokh Conspiracy (which is wall-to-wall lawyers) who agreed, basically, with him. So this is a subject that is being much discussed in serious conservative circles today. Why shouldn't we join 'em? :)

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