I'm going to do my best here to be respectful of the office of President, because that is the proper Christian thing to do...but I am just livid right now as a conscientious American!
It has now been over two weeks since U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson ruled that President Obama's Health Care Bill (aka Obamacare) was unconstitutional. Yesterday, in accordance with this ruling, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell stated that he would not implement that law, given it's unconstitutionality. I, for one, applaud Governor Parnell for standing up for the Constitution. This is not what has me furious this morning. It is the U.S. Justice Department's response to this story which has me absolutely furious.
Yesterday, late in the day (and hopefully off the news cycle radar, I'm guessing the Obama Administration thought), Fox News reported that the Justice Department had asked Judge Vinson to clarify his ruling, and to essentially ask states to continue implementation while the appeals process carried out. (1) Judge Vinson's ruling did state:
Injunctive relief is an “extraordinary” and “drastic” remedy. It is even more so when the party to be enjoined is the federal government, for there is a long-standing presumption “that officials of the Executive Branch will adhere to the law as declared by the court. As a result, the declaratory judgment is the functional equivalent of an injunction. (2)
You hear that, Mr. President? The "judgement is the functional equivalent of an injunction." Now, I know your current plan has been to pretend you didn't hear that, pretend that this ruling is not binding, or perhaps to pretend that the Executive Branch outranks the Judicial Branch. Unfortunately for you, the Constitution of the United States, that document you seem to dislike so much, makes the Judicial Branch EQUAL to the Presidency. Further, our system of checks and balances is in place to STOP Presidents or the Legislature from enacting laws which are unconstitutional!
And yet, Mr. Obama, you actions suggest you want to ignore this ruling, pretend it didn't happen, and proceed with the law as though it had not been ruled unconstitutional. It has been! For all intents and purposes, the Health Care Law is ILLEGAL! The online news source Hot Air put it this way:
Essentially, the Obama administration wants Vinson to tell the states to obey an unconstitutional law. (3)
I agree completely with the Hot Air article. Governor Parnell was absolutely right in stating that Alaska would not implement this law. Nor should it! It is an unconstitutional law...an illegal law! The President is absolutely out of line asking Judge Vinson to "clarify his ruling"...essentially asking the judge to instruct states to implement an unconstitutional law.
In my opinion, this is more than just political posturing by the Obama Administration. I believe this is a direct assault on the Constitution of the United States and the system of checks and balances. I said in a blog post earlier this week that Obama seems to think that the President outranks the Judicial Branch. (4) With all due respect, Mr. President, how dare you! You are not above the law and you are not above the Constitution of the United States!
Honestly, who do you think you are, Mr. President?
(1) Justice Dept. Asks Judge to Clarify Health Care Ruling After Alaska Governor Refuses to Enact Law
(2) Florida Judge Rules Health Care Reform Unconstitutional - Huffington Post
(3) Obama WH to Vinson: Please tell states to obey law you just struck down
(4) Obama in Contempt of Court: Constitutional Crisis Looming