"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." ~~Thomas Jefferson

"Who will protect us from those who protect us?"

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. ~ Thomas Jefferson

"None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free." ~~Goethe

14 March 2014

Selective enforcement of the law...

What are we to do when this president, or any president decides to selectively enforce a portion of the law and ignore other portions of that law? 
What are we to do Mr. Speaker, regardless of motivation, when a president nullifies our vote by failing to faithfully execute the law?
How do we explain waivers and exemptions and delays in a bill passed by Congress and affirmed by the United States Supreme Court?
How do we explain away a refusal to enforce mandatory minimums that were passed by Congress and affirmed by the Supreme Court?
And why pursue, Mr. Speaker, immigration reform if presidents can turn off the very provisions that we passed?
The oath that brand new citizens take, it contains six different references to the law.
If it’s good enough for us to ask brand new citizens to affirm their devotion to the law, is it too much to ask that the president do the same?”




Angus McThag said...

Maybe they'd be more respected if they hadn't abdicated much of their power to pass law to the executive in the form of regulation.

Blue said...

Perhaps they are beginning to see the error of their ways?

Badger said...

The right of every American is now being stripped at a mind-boggling rate by our government. Even the most basic rights are under attack. We have a vast number of bureaucratic agencies passing rules and regulations without any check on their power. In 2013 alone over 80,000 pages of new rules, regulations, and notices, all written by unelected bureaucrats was imposed on American businesses. Other than the third amendment, every one of the rights stated in the “Bill of Rights” is under assault. We have an out of control government congress passing bills never bothering to read them. A president who has crowned himself king by ignoring the very laws passed by congress. If the president does not enforce laws as the constitution requires. Then we are no longer a constitutional republic but instead a monarchy where the king’s word is the law.

The American Constitution the very basis of all law in this country quite clearly, states in Article 2 section 4 says among other duties, “he (the President) shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” I do not see an asterisk or footnote, which says if congress will not change the laws or the president does not like the law then the President is free to do as he pleases.

While you may agree with the outcome of such actions today, everyone must now remember such changes are not laws and they all can vanish with the next election. Changing laws by whim of the President is now a set precedent. Therefore, while you might today approve because you like the outcome the future will change. The next President whether you agree or not now has the ability to obey laws he like and simply not enforce ones he does not. When the next President does not approve of the environmental laws as written, he can simply declare we will no longer enforce any environmental laws. Remember every President builds off the power of their predecessor. We now have an Imperial Presidency.

This will all end very badly.