It's happening everywhere. Wisconsin Democrats are choosing to leave the State Senate rather than vote on an issue which the voters have already spoken on. The President of the United States is ignoring a court ruling against his signature healthcare law because he doesn't like what it says. The President also deciding NOT to enforce a law, the Defense of Marriage Act, because he does not approve of it. Judicial activism has failed, so now it's apparently time to ignore the law altogether!
I for one am sick and tired of this. Law abiding citizens everywhere are tired of it too. My friends, this is what it looks like when liberals are out of power. Liberals believe that power and enactment of their agenda is their sole right and privelege. Guess what, IT'S NOT! (Note, I am talking about liberals in elected office, not the well meaning individuals you we all encounter daily. Those people have good intentions and good hearts.)
The Constitution of the United States is the law of the land. The requirements of law listed within apply to ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE. Got it?
I've dealt with the issues of Obama's ignoring the ruling of Obamacare (1) and of Wisconsin Democrats (2). So let's talk about Obama's latest act of lawlessness: Declaring that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and then stating that the Justice Department would not defend it. On February 15th, I asked if President Obama believed that he was ABOVE the Judicial Branch (which he is not). Today, I'm becoming convinced it's far, far worse. Obama seems to believe HE IS the Judicial Branch!
Lets make one thing very clear. The President of the United States DOES NOT have the power to declare a law unconstitutional! That right belongs to the Judicial Branch, not the Executive Branch. The President's job, above all else, is to enforce all laws of the United States. Every single darn one of them. Listed in Article II of the Constitution of the United States (3) is the Presidential Oath of Office:
Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
The President of the United States is required to fulfill the laws of the Constitution of the United States. Article I Section 7 (4) states that if the House of Representatives and the Senate both pass a law and it is presented to the President of the United States and that President signs that bill into law, that law is now the law of the land until it is repealed or altered.
For those of you from Palm Beach County, FL, that means that President Obama is required by law to enforce all laws of the United States. Period. Regardless of his feelings, regardless of the polls, regardless of anything else, the President MUST enforce this law. As President, he has the right to send a bill repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, and, due to longstanding legal precedent (that's "things that have been done for years and years" for those of you from Palm Beach County), Congress will, in fact, send that bill through the legislative process. (5)
Let me borrow an analogy from former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (6) to explain this in another way. Imagine that Sarah Palin is elected President of the United States in 2012 and takes office on January 20, 2013 (for the record, I devotely hope this happens). Let's say that at some point during her presidency, President Palin states that she believes that Roe v. Wade is unconstitutional and therefore it will not be defended by the Federal Government in any court of law.
What do you think the Drive-By Media would do? You don't have to be a prophet to figure out that they would cry for President Palin to be impeached and removed from office. As well they should, because the President does not have the right to declare a law void. I don't care where that President is conservative or liberal, Democrat or Republican. It does not matter. The President is not the arbitor of the constitutionality of laws!
I suspect this will not be the last time I make this statement, but Mr. President, who do you think you are? Enforce the laws. Regardless of whether or not you like them or even think they are constitutional. THAT IS NOT YOUR JOB!
I say what I said a week ago: MR. PRESIDENT, OBEY THE LAW OR YOU SHOULD BE IMPEACHED.
(1) The Arrogance of Obama: Who Do You Think You Are, Mr. President?
(2) Dear Wisconsin Unions: We had a Discussion - It Was Called an Election
(3) United States Constitution, Article II (the Executive Branch)
(4) United States Constitution, Article I (the Legislative Branch)
(5) For the record, any citizen of the United States can technically send a bill to Congress. If a member of the House of Representatives in the case of fiscal bills, or a member of either the House of Representatives or the Senate in the case of all other bills, is willing to sponsor said bill in their chamber, that bill can legally be considered by that house of Congress. For those of you from Palm Beach County, I'm sorry, I don't know how to word that more simply.
(6) "Gingrich: If Palin Took Obama Actions, There Would Be Calls for Impeachment" - Newsmax