Loose with the law

Attorney general's pick-and-choose attitude toward enforcement creates a slippery slope

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There are many things that make America exceptional.

The independent spirit of the Declaration of Independence, for instance – one of the few official “government” documents in human history that recognizes the sovereignty of the individual.

The Constitution, which protects that sovereignty.

And the fact that each of those two documents has led to what America is – which is a nation of laws, not men.

Our Founders broke away from a nation of authoritarian rule. Moreover, we have seen in recent days, in Russia and Ukraine, what happens when you live in a nation of rulers instead of rules.

So it is more than a little alarming to hear this country’s chief law enforcement officer – Attorney General Eric Holder – advise his attorney general colleagues at the state level that they don’t have to uphold any laws they disagree with.

That’s certainly been the meandering legal trail blazed by this administration – which expects its pet laws, such as Obamacare, to be implemented without objection (though with exceptions of its own making), but which also has allowed and encouraged laws on such things as immigration, marijuana and marriage to be ignored.

Isn’t that just a cabal of elites, at that point, making it up for all of us as they go along? Isn’t the official, executive-branch nullification of laws they disfavor an abrogation of their duty to uphold the laws of the land and the Constitution – which sets out clear roles for each of the three branches of government?

“It is not (the attorney general’s) job to make that call,” Joe Ferraro writes at the Huffington Post. “The courts are supposed to decide when a law is bad.

“When Eric Holder tells his crew not to go to court, he is killing the checks and balances. ... Knock the law down the proper way; bring the case before the court. The judge has to have the say as to whether it passes muster.”

And again, if the powerful are free to pick and choose what duly-passed laws they will deign to enforce, that’s legalistic and social chaos.

Leaders, be careful what you do to this nation of laws.

Ask yourself: Is it the special purview of
attorneys general to ignore laws they don’t like? Or just attorneys in general? If one goes to law school, then, laws become optional?

More fairly, if some in this country have given themselves the unilateral power to overturn laws in their own heads, then why can’t the rest of us? Isn’t there a clause in the Constitution that calls for equal protection of the laws for all of us?

We also wonder whether, if taken to its logical extreme, the take-it-or-leave-it bunch at the White House would go along with others doing what they’re doing – such as, say, future presidents and attorneys general.

What if the next set of leaders thought the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional? Could they not declare it null and void, as Mr. Holder has encouraged today’s attorneys general to do with defense-of-marriage laws?

And before you say, “Well, the Supreme Court has ruled it constitutional” – why would that matter in Eric Holder’s logic? In his way of thinking, he and his colleagues are allowed to nullify laws that the courts haven’t even definitively ruled on. Why should others who follow him be concerned with what the courts might have to say, if he isn’t?

There’s only one slippery slope that leads anywhere good, and that’s at a ski resort.

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myfather15
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myfather15 03/09/14 - 06:10 am
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When the Huffington post is

When the Huffington post is calling them out, you know it has gotten bad!!

Are citizens who have believe the left's lies, starting to see the light? I believe it's possible, because more are coming out against Obama and his minions like Holder. Are people actually starting to see the truth, that the radical left's lies about helping the poor, elderly and minorities are just that; lies? They don't want to help ANYONE except other radical leftists, who have the same agenda!! And they use political WMD's to enforce their will!!

There are FAR too many good people out here, who have a good heart; that have listened to the left for way to long!! They believe their lies about caring for the disenfranchised. They believed their lies about social and economical issues. Are they now starting to see just a "smidgen" of light? I hope so!! We could use more warriors on our side!! Come to the TRUTH!! Put the Breastplate of righteousness and helmet of Salvation on!!

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carcraft 03/09/14 - 06:51 am
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Not a smidgen of corruption

Not a smidgen of corruption says King Obama as he investigates himself. I think Lois Learner is in a heap of trouble, apparently she talked to federal investigators but not the Congress, she can't have it both ways! .

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/09/14 - 07:40 am
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lawyers major in law, they don't major in Eric Holder

every government official colors slightly outside the lines
but the original picture can still be discerned
Holder is simply ignoring the lines, and every picture
no matter the original intent
turns into a selfie
this part isn't as popular as the "we hold these truths..." part
"He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them."
in a nation of laws, Holders and King Georges are what we try to avoid
the umpire can't give his buddies a special strike zone
oh, but this administration is made of
"the people we've been waiting for"
better than laws are these people
their ignorance mixed with their arrogance is appalling
Holder finds racism anytime there is a mismatch between the racial
make-up of a population
and the racial make-up of a specific group
unless it's this...
THREE SCHOOLS IN RICHMOND COUNTY
HAD ZERO STUDENTS PASS THE AP EXAMS LAST YEAR!
he's quite comfortable with that...
wonder why?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/09/14 - 08:48 am
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That smidgen is getting bigger & bigger

“How can the president say there’s not a smidgen of criminality when Lois Lerner invoked the 5th Amendment,

localguy55
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localguy55 03/09/14 - 09:13 am
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Sooner or later conservatives

Sooner or later conservatives will be in control. I say when this happens, take a page from the liberals play book and do the same thing. Nullify Obamacare, incarcerate IRS agents who targeted the Teaparty, criminalize liberal organizations, abolish the tax code in favor of some sort of flat tax, gut the EPA and remove their power to seize private property, and encourage drilling of domestic oil to bring down the price of gas world wide.

When America beings to pull itself out of this cesspool of a mess the liberals have created, they will begin to learn the truth about the left, and I would hate to be on that side of the fence when it happens.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 03/09/14 - 09:42 am
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"Isn’t there a clause in the

"Isn’t there a clause in the Constitution that calls for equal protection of the laws for all of us?"

A: But just yesterday ACES applauded the rejection of a DOJ nominee because he defended someone as provided by the Constitution.

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"What if the next set of leaders thought the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional?"

A: We already have people in leadership who trash the constitution when it suits their political agenda. The GOP House does not think the ACA is constitutional or they would not have shutdown the government to end it or voted 50 times to repeal it.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 03/09/14 - 09:51 am
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Picking and

Picking and choosing...

Aren't some state attorneys general already picking and choosing when they and their legislatures put up barriers to Roe v Wade. Admittedly, I am against abortion but the law is the law.

Attorney's General make calls every day based on their discretion.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/09/14 - 10:52 am
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One thing about it.....IF and

One thing about it.....IF and when the conservatives get control, the liberals...the Democrats....do not have a leg to stand on no matter what actions the conservatives take. Obama has made vendetta, violation of the law, and rule by executive order the "accepted practice". Oh I can hear the whining and screaming now when Obama's administration is wiped off of the books with a few executive orders rescinding Obama's executive orders. Just like it never happened...except for Obamacare.

Man, they have REALLY got a mess on their hands with Obamacare. It is a medical AND financial disaster for the middle class and the nation's budget. The Republicans need a plan for that. What we had before was better than what we have now except for the pre-existing condition and no cancelation thing. Those were the only true benefits of Obamacare since we still have as many uninsured, give or take, as we did before. But the two benefits of Obamacare did not warrant destroying our excellent, modern, innovative health care system. It was a stupid thing to do, not thought out, and cobbled together without reading it in a back room in the middle of the night. It IS a disaster.

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faithson 03/09/14 - 10:55 am
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On Torture memo's Bush agreed with

So it is more than a little alarming to hear this country’s chief law enforcement officer – Attorney General Alberto Ganzalos – advise his attorney general colleagues at the state level that they don’t have to uphold any laws they disagree with.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/09/14 - 11:18 am
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Faithson, the "torture

Faithson, the "torture "practices were presented to congressional committees and aproved. Quite a bit differant than just doing what you want. Pelosi signed off on the interrogation techniques.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/09/14 - 11:21 am
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Congress gives advice and

Congress gives advice and consent as required by the constitution. Just as Robert Bork did not meet congressional approval because of his stand on various positions.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/09/14 - 11:27 am
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The GOP tries to over turn it

The GOP tries to over turn it because it is a bad law, not because it is unconstitutional. Obama has delayed and modified the law 19 times with out congressional input because it negatively affects Americans. Why else would he delay imposition of mandates if this was such a good law and would not affect the out come of elections?

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nofanofobama 03/09/14 - 01:07 pm
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Tm-the house is where laws

Tm-the house is where laws are written, it is not uncommon for bad laws to repealed. That is why it is the legislative part of our govt. the obumler is the executive part of govt.. It is not his right to choose laws or change laws....it is to enforce laws ....period. When you have an executive branch that has the attorney general being instructed not to enforce laws or to arbitrarily changes law..you no longer have a democracy or in our case a representative republic...this is why conservatives are so against obumler . He is acting as a monarch ., not only in his attitude toward the law but the lavish lifestyle at taxpayers expense.

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Bizkit 03/09/14 - 01:33 pm
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Truth the SCOTUS ruled states

Truth the SCOTUS ruled states can regulate abortion-that is constitutional. We now know Obama was well aware the web site and the law wasn't ready for implementation (changed it twenty times and now you can keep you old insurance for three years) and he allowed a govt shutdown by refusing Rep , but then turned around and did the same thing they requested unilaterally. By any logical persons standards the Rep were vindicated with their actions and Dem look spiteful and inept allowing a govt shutdown over implementing a law the Dems now won't implement. Jeepers.

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Bizkit 03/09/14 - 01:35 pm
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Since the ACA accomplishes

Since the ACA accomplishes NONE of the goals stated for the law and just leaves millions uninsured and cost still skyrocketing, it is time to lay this law to rest. Seems extremely idiotic to allow a law that doesn't work nor accomplish a single goal of the original law.

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myfather15 03/09/14 - 01:43 pm
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No, if republicans get

No, if republicans get control, they need to get to WORK!! They need to SHOW people with their actions, that they want to help them and make this Country better!! We need to return to our roots of compromise!! Not return what the democrats have done to us!!

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deestafford 03/09/14 - 03:06 pm
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Another excellent editorial...

Another excellent editorial.

Let's not forget that even before Obama was sworn into office the first time, Valerie Jarrett---THE power behind the throne---said, "We will be ready to RULE on day one!" Notice the word was ''rule'' and not govern. Obama and his fellow Marxists see themselves as rulers rather than those who govern.

It was evident from early on when Obama said he would not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act since his position on gay marriage had "evolved".

Only those who are blind and will not see believe this thug to be anything but a destroyer.

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edcushman 03/09/14 - 04:18 pm
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"He is acting as a monarch .,
Unpublished

"He is acting as a monarch ., not only in his attitude toward the law but the lavish lifestyle at taxpayers expense."
Why are you surprised, this is what happens when you elected a community organizer as president. He and Holder have no respect for our country why would anyone think they have any respect for our laws

localguy55
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localguy55 03/09/14 - 07:18 pm
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Myfather15

I think you are a fellow patriot, however, compromise has done nothing for conservatives but end up holding the losing end of any deal with leftist. The time for compromise is over.

As Conan the Barbarian answered the question, What is best in life? "Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, hear the lamentation of their women."

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stuaby 03/09/14 - 08:55 pm
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Why isnt' today's (3-9-2014)

Why isnt' today's (3-9-2014) article on the minimum wage by the "journalist/stand-up comedian" available for comment?

Oversight? Or is the AC protecting this one? I came here ready to eviscerate this.

Come on AC, put it ALL up there for us to comment on. Why do you hold back on certain things (e.g. national stories, certain guest columns)?

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KSL 03/09/14 - 09:04 pm
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I can not believe this

I can not believe this country elected him.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/09/14 - 09:40 pm
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KSL, neither can I, a LOT

KSL, neither can I, a LOT of dumb people in America!

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