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5 Ways Obama Has Destroyed The Rule Of Law In America (At Least)
Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | John Hawkins

Posted on 04/22/2014 4:22:18 AM PDT by Kaslin

When you allow unlawful acts to go unpunished, you're moving toward a government of men rather than a government of law; you're moving toward anarchy. And that's exactly what we're doing. -- John Wayne
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. -- George Orwell

Tell me why any American should respect the law?

Because it's moral? Not necessarily. Slavery was once the law of the land. Abortion is the law of the land today. Even in a nation like America, it's not unusual for laws to be unfair, unjust, and even immoral.

Is it because laws represent the will of the people? Not anymore. Today, the "law" is often summarily created from murky statutes by unelected bureaucrats who face no consequences for destroying people's lives.

Well, is the law at least equally applied? Absolutely not. Your political affiliation and how well connected you are to the regime in charge can have a direct bearing on whether you're prosecuted for breaking the law and how serious the penalty will be.

So, what's left?

Respect for the law? Why should anyone respect arbitrary, immoral laws that aren't equally applied and don't reflect the will of the people? Under Barack Obama, the "law" in this country has become nothing more than whatever you can get away with and we're likely to feel the consequences of that for decades to come.

1) Obamacare is whatever Barack Obama says it is: Barack Obama has no more legal right to change Obamacare all by his lonesome than Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, or for that matter, Justin Bieber does. He simply doesn't have the legal authority to delay the employer mandate, delay taxes that are written into law, or give subsidies through federal exchanges to places where no state exchange were set up. Yet, Obama has delayed or changed the meaning of the law 19 times as if he were Kim Jong- un, as opposed to the President of a republic.

2) There are different laws for Tea Parties and the Occupy Movement: In city after city, the Occupy Movement was allowed to protest without expensive permits, participants were allowed to illegally camp and in some places they were allowed to break the law with impunity, which is why it's so staggering that there were still almost 8,000 arrests by the time all the dirty hippies abandoned their tents and rape-free zones to go home and take showers. Meanwhile, Tea Party groups across the country weren't given any similar breaks.

Tea party activists...accused officials in at least four cities of giving preferential treatment to anti-Wall Street protesters, and one group in Richmond is asking the city to repay $8,000 spent for permits and other needs. ...The Richmond Tea Party said Mayor Dwight C. Jones' administration sought permit fees, portable toilets and other demands for their events, but has given Occupy Richmond a free pass. The occupation has grown to a tent city, with a makeshift library, a volleyball net and a row of portable toilets. Jones has said that because he is a product of the civil rights movement he has allowed the Occupy protesters to remain since Oct. 17. "He's sympathizing with them," said Colleen Owens, a spokeswoman for the Richmond Tea Party. "We would never, as a tea party, have gotten away with not complying with the law." Tea party organizers had to buy liability insurance, hire police and emergency personnel and even keep a defibrillator on site, Owens said.

When groups all across the country are charged thousands of dollars for permits and liability insurance solely because of their political beliefs while other groups are given a free pass, there is no equality under the law.

3) Illegal immigration becomes legal: Admittedly, George W. Bush did a mediocre job of securing the border and enforcing immigration law. However, as a practical matter, illegal immigration isn't "illegal" anymore. Obama has illegally passed his own version of the DREAM Act, illegally handed out work permits to people who are breaking the law, and for all intents and purposes, has stopped detaining illegal immigrants who haven't been charged with other crimes. According to Senator Jeff Sessions , "at least 99.92% of illegal immigrants and visa overstays without known crimes on their records did not face removal."

This is despite the fact that being here illegally is a crime and the people who broke that law did so knowing that the penalty was deportation. Tens of millions of immigrants have been welcomed to this country because as EVERYONE is well aware, we already have a "path to citizenship" for non- Americans and it's called following the law.

4) The IRS illegally targeted Tea Partiers: If the IRS ever comes after you, try refusing to hand over documentation for years and pleading the 5th Amendment and see what happens to you. If you're lucky, maybe you'll end up in the same minimum security prison that Wesley Snipes went to after some advisors convinced him he didn't have to pay taxes. Yet, after the IRS targeted Tea Partiers because they were conservative, tried to refer them for prosecution to the DOJ, and illegally released some of their information to outside parties, the IRS officials have been refusing to cooperate with the investigation. If the IRS wasn’t guiltier than Wesley Snipes, it would be cooperating just like the rest of us are forced to do when we face an audit.

5) Eric Holder encouraged state attorney generals to refuse to defend traditional marriage in court: In other words, if your state passes a ban on gay marriage, Holder wants state attorney generals to undercut the will of the people in order to further his political agenda. So according to Eric Holder, whether the people of a state get to have a representative in court depends on whether or not liberal attorney generals agree with their opinion or not. As John Suthers, the attorney general of Colorado, said:

I have been attorney general of Colorado for nine years, during which time the state has enacted laws that span the philosophical and political spectrum. I personally oppose a number of Colorado’s laws as a matter of public policy, and a few are contrary to my religious beliefs. But as my state’s attorney general, I have defended them all — and will continue to.

...Depending on one’s view of the laws in question, such a “litigation veto” may, in the short term, be a terrific thing; an unpopular law is defanged and the attorney general can take credit — indeed, he can be the hero to his political base and keep his political ambitions intact. But in the longer term, this practice corrodes our system of checks and balances, public belief in the power of democracy and ultimately the moral and legal authority on which attorneys general must depend.

....I fear that refusing to defend unpopular or politically distasteful laws will ultimately weaken the legal and moral authority that attorneys general have earned and depend on. We will become viewed as simply one more player in a political system rather than as legal authorities in a legal system. The courts, the governments we represent and, most important, the people we serve will treat our pronouncements and arguments with skepticism and cynicism.

When the "law" becomes little more than politics by other means, it deserves to be treated with the same rich contempt that we hold for politicians in this country. That has already started to happen, it's not good for the country, and much to the chagrin of the liberals who love this lawlessness as long as they're in charge, it's not going to end with Obama.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: 0bama; powergrab; ruleoflaw

1 posted on 04/22/2014 4:22:18 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin


2 posted on 04/22/2014 4:24:34 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Ping!


3 posted on 04/22/2014 4:28:59 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Diogenesis

Richard Nixon was a novice against that arrogant pos


4 posted on 04/22/2014 4:29:40 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

“Barack Obama has no more legal right to change Obamacare all by his lonesome than Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, or for that matter, Justin Bieber does. He simply doesn’t have the legal authority

Yet, Congress allows/ed him to get away with it so they’re to blame IMO


5 posted on 04/22/2014 4:31:28 AM PDT by jimmyo57
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To: All
OBAMA'S RAISON D'ETRE and why he won't rest till every US law is eradicated: It is an article of faith among minorities that all US laws and all our rules and regs were created by evil white men for the sole purpose of subjugating people of color and keeping them in poverty.

Clearly ,Obama does not see himself as president of a thriving, productive America----an America of achievers, workers and doers.

Obama has a distaste for a thriving republic of freedom-loving citizens----in his befuddled mind he represents self-made victims, slackers, do-nothings, lay-a-beds, gutter snipes, welchers, weasels, con artists, and other social misfits.

THE PAY-ME-I'M-A-VICTIM SCAM Obama's stupid "income inequality” whine is part and parcel of progressives' greed/envy/entitlement stupidity. More akin to a dirt-poor Third World satrap than a thriving republic ruled by laws and immutable market forces.

Obama can't seem to rise above his inane "community organizer" mentality. When he was crawling around the nabe preaching envy and greed----duping people on food stamps into believing they could payoff mortgages (ne'er do wells who taxpayers were forced to bail out).

Addicting people to government handouts is the "community organizer's" con game--to get votes--buying loyalty w/ other people's tax dollars.

6 posted on 04/22/2014 4:42:21 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Diogenesis

bttt


7 posted on 04/22/2014 4:42:48 AM PDT by petercooper ("I was for letting people keep their health insurance, before I wasn't". --- Barack Obama)
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To: Kaslin
The rule of law?

The Supreme Court of the United States has never applied the term “natural born citizen” to any other category than “those born in the country of parents who are citizens thereof”.

"The citizenship of no man could be previous to the declaration of independence, and, as a natural right, belongs to none but those who have been born of citizens since the 4th of July, 1776."....David Ramsay, 1789.

A Dissertation on Manner of Acquiring Character & Privileges of Citizen of U.S.-by David Ramsay-1789

The Law of Nations or the Principles of Natural Law (1758)

The Laws of Nature and of Nature's God: The True Foundation of American Law

The Biggest Cover-up in American History

8 posted on 04/22/2014 4:45:55 AM PDT by Godebert
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To: Kaslin
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with one another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitles them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
9 posted on 04/22/2014 4:48:34 AM PDT by Godebert
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To: Kaslin

Add the story just above this one.


10 posted on 04/22/2014 4:52:55 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Kaslin
Hey, as long as the law is whatever Obama says it is, why not go for a third term? Or go for broke and declare himself President for life?

50% of American's would probably support him.

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

11 posted on 04/22/2014 4:55:05 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: jimmyo57

Either you are forgetting or ignoring that we only have the House and that Harry Reid who controls the Senate is ignoring the bills the House sends over. So stop blaming the Republicans, because that is exactly what you are doing


12 posted on 04/22/2014 4:56:54 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Godebert

This was tried in 1864 w disasterous results. With today’s weapons, it’s unfathomable.


13 posted on 04/22/2014 5:00:29 AM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: Kaslin

Dealing with Liberals and the Law
is like dealing with the Soviets and Treaties.

Both are happy to make agreements that they have no intention of living up to, but with the satisfaction of knowing the fools on the other side WILL comply.

And ONLY the other side will ever suffer consequences for non-compliance.


14 posted on 04/22/2014 5:03:02 AM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: Diogenesis

When Obama HRC Holder Reid & pelosi tell us what they are NOT...I always flip what they say...Not a smidgen of Corruption Obama said..Holder I am not corrupt..Hillary I will answer all your questions on Benghazi.... Reid I am not Corrupt...Pelosi...I am a True catholic.. Tea Baggers are astro turfers...


15 posted on 04/22/2014 5:06:58 AM PDT by philly-d-kidder (AB-Sheen"The truth is the truth if nobody believes it,a lie is still a lie, everybody believes it")
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To: Kaslin
RE :”Tea party activists...accused officials in at least four cities of giving preferential treatment to anti-Wall Street protesters, and one group in Richmond is asking the city to repay $8,000 spent for permits and other needs. ...The Richmond Tea Party said Mayor Dwight C. Jones’ administration sought permit fees, portable toilets and other demands for their events, but has given Occupy Richmond a free pass.”

The author slipped this one as #2 into a ‘5 Ways Obama Has Destroyed The Rule Of Law In America (At Least)’ list.

16 posted on 04/22/2014 5:09:00 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: Kaslin

Thug-n-Suit Prez


17 posted on 04/22/2014 5:10:35 AM PDT by boycott
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To: Kaslin
Quote of the year from Victor Davis Hanson in yesterday’s column explains it all in one paragraph. Of course he was writing about the Bundy Invasion but it covers this too.

“So Mr. Bundy must realize that in about 1990 we decided to focus on the misdemeanor of the law-abiding citizen and to ignore the felony of the lawbreaker. The former gave law enforcement respect; the latter ignored their authority. The first made or at least did not cost enforcers money; arresting the second began a money-losing odyssey of incarceration, trials, lawyers, appeals, and all the rest.”

18 posted on 04/22/2014 5:17:37 AM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: Kaslin

As to the others, Dems are convinced that Republicans can never win another POTUS election again, that is why they are not worried about the precedents that Obama and Holder set by not enforcing certain laws.

Otherwise for example, a future GOP POTUS could come in and declare that we don’t have to pay certain federal taxes.

Or environmental laws.


19 posted on 04/22/2014 5:29:19 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: Kaslin

And NOBODY stopped him. The spineless GOP did nothing. His own party exalted in the power. This is not a tred that will reverse in my opinion. The Republic is on a rapid spiral descent into more lawlessness.
Freegards
LEX


20 posted on 04/22/2014 5:31:11 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: DownInFlames

1864?


21 posted on 04/22/2014 6:07:46 AM PDT by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: Kaslin

I’m not forgetting nor ignoring we only have the House. Boehner’s said it enough times. “W only have 1/2 of 1/3 what can we do?” They DO control the purse strings and can defund Obamacare unless it’s implemented exactly as it was enacted. They just don’t have the testicular fortitude!


22 posted on 04/22/2014 10:53:31 AM PDT by jimmyo57
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To: DownInFlames
You missed the entire point of my posting that quote. It was to show that the definition of natural born Citizen was derived from the Laws of Nature, ie; born in the country to Citizen parents.

The first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence sets the stage for the American revolution and its indispensable reliance on the laws of God, the Creator.26 It declares:

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with one another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitles them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

By invoking the "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" the 56 signers of the Declaration incorporated a legal standard of freedom into the forms of government that would follow. The theory of freedom adopted was simply that God's law was supreme and gave freedom. The phrase "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" referred to the laws that God in his capacity as the Creator of the universe had established for the governance of people, nations and nature. These laws are variously described as the laws of Creation, God's Creation laws or as the framers elected to refer to them, as the laws of nature and of nature's God. This body of law, whatever it is called, can be ascertained by people through an examination of God's creation, the text of the Bible, and to a certain degree, instinct or reason.

23 posted on 04/22/2014 1:22:44 PM PDT by Godebert
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