Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Does Obama Know We Have A Constitution, Right? -- Randi Scott
The ideological shift the United States has been moving toward has finally happened. Now, instead of attempting to hide the liberal agenda with rhetoric, Obama is comfortable enough to just come right out and say that he is picking and choosing what laws to follow. For a while now, Obama has been selectively enforcing our laws and finding ways around the Constitution. There are four specific recent instances: 1) he bypassed the Defense of Marriage Act by just deciding not to enforce it anymore; 2)he skirted Congress and the War Powers Resolution when he chose to go into Libya; 3)he circumvented Congress to get his Cap and Trade passed via the EPA, and 4) last week he found a way to get the Dream Act going through the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security . With the last decision to only enforce illegal immigrants who are committing crimes (doesn’t the term “illegal” kind of imply it is a crime in the first place?), Obama has solidified his position as a President who is not a fan of our founding fathers, our history, or our nation. What laws are we going to choose to follow next? Are we now only going to use our resources to go after armed robbers and not just your run of the mill robbers?
Right now, it seems the important issue is not whether the federal government has jurisdiction over immigration, but rather what is the purpose of our separation of powers in our federal government? Many of us are unhappy with Congress at the moment, but Obama would rather not have them at all. It seems whatever Obama decides to do, he is doing. Separation of powers is there for a reason, not for the President to find loopholes in support of his agenda. Like it or not, Obama represents the entire country which means he needs to leave his Chicago political roots behind and behave like a diplomat—not a 15-year-old trying to find a way to sneak behind his parent’s rules.
Attorney, Campaign Manager for Lindstrom for Congress