Last Friday President Obama announced an “executive action,” not an executive order, outlining how his administration will not deport illegal aliens between certain ages that were brought to America as kids by their parents and issue them work permits. This act of refusing to enforce American law goes along with his previous decisions not to enforce certain U.S. laws and his administration being held in contempt of court over the Gulf of Mexico oil drilling moratorium following the BP spill.
In my opinion, it is game on and liberals – President Obama – have set the rules.
Think about every law on the federal books that conservatives find distasteful and are breaking the U.S. budget. Consider, for example, conservative America’s deeply held opinion that Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Department of Education, Transportation Department, Environmental Protection Agency and so much more are just blatantly unconstitutional.
What if President Romney decided not to fund the Environmental Protection Agency?
What if he decided – because he’s pretty rich, you know – not to fund the IRS? What if President Romney decided that our U.S. tax code was so antiquated, so unfair, so oppressive and tyrannical and there was no will in Congress to make the required changes so he should just act unilaterally and defund the IRS – or just refused to prosecute tax avoiders, protestors and cheats?
We can play this game all day but I think you get the point. There is a reason the rule of law matters. Just leave out for a moment the division of powers in America and the fact the president has no constitutional authority whatsoever for his latest action, and ask yourself why the rule of law matters.
Sit down and think about what the president has just done and then ask yourself, if you like this president and agree with his actions, what the next president might be able to justify to himself and his voter base.