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By Tom Quiner
President Sarah Palin refused to enforce Roe v Wade because she didn’t like the ruling.
Do you think the New York Times would be mute in the face of such a story? Or CBS? Or anyone in the mainstream media?
Of course not. There would be an outcry like we have never heard of in the history of the howling hysterics on the Left.
And yet these same people are strangely muted at President Obama’s decision to not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a law passed with large majorities in both houses of Congress.
The example given above comes to us from Newt Gingrich who says the President is acting as a one man Supreme Court and is setting a dangerous precedent.
As Gingrich explained:
“Imagine that Governor Palin had become president. Imagine that she had announced that Roe versus Wade in her view was unconstitutional and therefore the United States government would no longer protect anyone’s right to have an abortion because she personally had decided it should be changed. The news media would have gone crazy. The New York Times would have demanded her impeachment.
First of all, he campaigned in favor of [the law]. He is breaking his word to the American people.
Second, he swore an oath on the Bible to become president that he would uphold the Constitution and enforce the laws of the United States. He is not a one-person Supreme Court. The idea that we now have the rule of Obama instead of the rule of law should frighten everybody.
The fact that the left likes the policy is allowing them to ignore the fact that this is a very unconstitutional act.”
The role of the President is to enforce the laws passed by Congress. President Obama shirks his duty by selectively not enforcing laws in such a partisan fashion.
Is there anything we can do? Mr Gingrich says yes:
“I believe the House Republicans next week should pass a resolution instructing the president to enforce the law and to obey his own constitutional oath, and they should say if he fails to do so that they will zero out [defund] the office of attorney general and take other steps as necessary until the president agrees to do his job.
His job is to enforce the rule of law and for us to start replacing the rule of law with the rule of Obama is a very dangerous precedent.
Clearly it is a dereliction of duty and a violation of his constitutional oath and is something that cannot be allowed to stand.”
The issue isn’t whether a President a law or not. The issue is: it’s the law.
Enforce DOMA, Mr. President. It is the duty you swore an oath to when you were elected President of the United States.
By Tom Quiner
Here’s the accusation:
Governor Scott Walker “is basically taking up the posture of a dictator.”
The accusation comes from the chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Keith Ellison, (D-Minnesota).
What has Governor Walker done that’s so bad? He’s doing what the people elected him to do last November: reign in collective bargaining agreements with public employees and get them to contribute more to their health insurance and retirement plans.
It’s called living up to your campaign promises.
The existing collective bargaining structure is flawed. Democrats give unionized state workers generous pay packages and benefits which we, the taxpayers, pay for. In exchange, Democrats expect, and receive generous campaign contributions back from these same unions.
They scratch each other’s back at the expense of us. Governor Walker was elected to do something about it.
It’s not going to be easy. If he succeeds, he may signal a trend that puts his state and others on the path to fiscal sustainability, but at a loss of power for Democrats and public union employees. It may get ugly:
“I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going. Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary.”
This threat of violence comes from another Democrat, Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass). Let’s hope no one gets hurt with this kind of inflammatory rhetoric being spewed by elected Democrats.
Concerns about unionization have been expressed by the left side of the political aisle as well as the right. Former AFL-CIO President, George Meany said:
“It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government.”
President Franklin Roosevelt said:
“The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the public sector. A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of government.”
Governor Walker seems like a faithful public servant. Even more, he is courageous to stand up for his convictions and ours’ in the face of such heavy-handed opposition.