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In 1967, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. Attorney General Eric Holder and his boss, President Obama, took the same oath. I meant what I said. Holder has decided which laws to enforce and which to ignore.

Imagine if the ranking lawman in your county decided not to enforce some laws. Suppose the sheriff or district attorney decided that rape is just “boys being boys,” and arrested no one and prosecuted no one. We would fire them. We are not under sharia law, where a girl who is gang-raped can be stoned to death for fornication!

Holder and Obama have executed the same selective enforcement with the Defense of Marriage Act and immigration laws. There have been many hearings in Congress about Operation Fast and Furious but no articles of impeachment against Holder.

I understand that neither would be removed from office. Only two presidents have been impeached, and neither was removed from office. Also, President Nixon resigned and was pardoned by President Ford. The speeches in the House of Representatives are still recorded in the Federal Register for the public to read.

Offenses of government officials against the people should not be ignored. That invites tyranny. In 1986 President Reagan agreed to amnesty for 2.5 million illegal aliens in exchange for a tough immigration law. The law never was well-enforced. The result is tens of millions of illegal aliens in our country today. The government has blurred the distinction between those illegal aliens and those who took the legal steps to become citizens and swore allegiance to the United States. The difference is like that between a burglar and an invited house guest!

The Constitution is the law of our land. If laws are passed by the Congress and president but not enforced, then we are no longer a law-abiding nation. Tyranny will be the result if we who defend the Constitution keep silent.

Chuck Tatum

North Augusta, S.C.

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shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 11/05/13 - 02:51 am
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Good letter Chuck

The truth hurts.

localguy55
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localguy55 11/05/13 - 09:05 am
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No Surprises here

The Justice system is just another bloated government entity who's orignal intent was to enforce Laws, you know the typical 10 commandment type laws, murder, rape, theft. They were to be an unbias agency that protected and served.

However, as law makers began to expand and pass what can be termed as victimless laws, from "J" walking to smoking offenses, to seatbelt laws, on and on and on to the point that all law enforcement agencies have enormous discretionary powers.

Some people would agree that the expansion of rules a regulations are a good thing and helps to protect us better as a society. But is it really a good thing to hand over such power to the point that is becomes the driving force in everyone's daily life. If this is acceptable to the public at large, then we as a society must accept that there will be ambiguities in the enforcement of laws.

The powers to be will always accept, from the people, more power over their subjects. The question is how much power are we willing to hand over to these people. Just because a politican says that a law or regulation is needed, does not mean that it is true. Any used car salesman will tell you that the car he is selling you will last many, many years, and you are asked to trust him. It is the same with politicans that most of the time are not subject to the laws they pass.

So, if we as a free people are to keep our freedom, we must accept some risk. However, if we succumb to the allure of safety and comfort based upon the words of politicans passing laws and regulations, then we must be prepared to live in a society where our freedom is less and the rules are broken by the rule makers at their convenience.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/05/13 - 10:08 am
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Chuck is talking about CC. Selective Protect & Serve.
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Chuck is talking about CC. Selective Protect & Serve.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/05/13 - 10:08 am
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When has this country ever walked the walk. NEVER.
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When has this country ever walked the walk. NEVER.

deestafford
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deestafford 11/05/13 - 10:42 am
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To understand the philosophy of justice under Obama and Holder

one needs to understand what motivates these two:

Black liberation theology
Leftism
Statism
Blackness
Anti-traditional Americanism

When these things are superimposed on what they do, not what they say, one can see their true intentions.

grouse
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grouse 11/05/13 - 10:55 am
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Mr. Tatum is partially
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Mr. Tatum is partially correct. George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld should be brought to justice for war crimes as many here and abroad demand. That Obama and Holder have not sought prosecution for these people is a crime. (Oh, and Fast and Furious was started under Bush, under a different name, so there's that...)

localguy55
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localguy55 11/05/13 - 11:36 am
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Good analysis dee

Reminds me of Vladimir Lenin's Pre and Post Revolution collectivist Rhetoric in which he continually espoused on the Russian peasantry. and as history records, the Soviet Union was born; and failed 80 years later.

There is value in the ignorance of others when, utilized by an astute mind.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 11/05/13 - 11:42 am
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Hey Chuckie, DOMA was struck

Hey Chuckie,
DOMA was struck down by the SCOTUS. It was unconstitutional from day one.

harley_52
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harley_52 11/05/13 - 11:44 am
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Excellent Letter, Mr. Tatum...

...and excellent comments here already. Not much I can add.

My wife and I have been discussing this a lot lately, particularly since the democrats have now apparently found religion and love professing Obamacare must be supported because it is the "law of the land."

Hypocrites....and not living up to their oaths of office.

But they are re-elected, so the citizenry gets what we deserve.

deestafford
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deestafford 11/05/13 - 01:32 pm
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GAD

Obama and his folks said from Day 1 that they would not enforce DOMA and refused to even argue it in court cases up to and including the Supreme Court. This is in violation of his oath of office to support and enforce the laws.

You see, Obama thinks that he will enforce ONLY those laws HE thinks are right and IGNORE all others.

From being a constitutional lecturer one would think he would know that the Executive Branch's constitutional duty is to enforce all laws passed by the Legislative Branch.

Of course, if he had studied American History rather than been indoctrinated in leftist theology he would have known that.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 11/05/13 - 02:13 pm
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Obama, Holder and the rest: LOL!

deestafford said it all! Our nation is failing and Obama's group is adding fuel to the fire. We have got to get the 'Dumbdems' out of control but it just won't happen because dumb whites, blacks and many of the youth are not smart enough to see the liberals are taking 'their' nation down!

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 11/05/13 - 03:36 pm
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Pandering for votes

that's all it boils down to. Politics are all about a "what's in it for me" mentality - it's not what's best for our country. Anyone with hopes of truly serving for the common good ends up being turned into a Washington Zombie. Power does corrupt.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 11/05/13 - 07:07 pm
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Justice can only be Just

when it is applied to ALL the same way each time consistently.

This is NOT what we are seeing in Washington DC.
President Bill Clinton was proven to of committed perjury, yet still gets a fat Federal Retirement Check for life. The plea he worked out kept him out of jail. He committed a FELONY and still walks around like poster child for what is good about the Liberal Democrats.

Funny Fact under the Brady Bill rules President Clinton is BANNED for owning a firearm. But he does not need one for self protection, he has small army of SS surrounding him.

President Obama is constantly breaking new ground every week with "misstatement after misstatement". Outright clear nothing to doubt statements saying he will circumvent the US Constitution.

Now he is trying to tell the public that all the video we have of him over the last 5 years saying things we all misheard. He now says that he said something else, we can't seem to locate the 2007-2013 videos tho?

deestafford
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deestafford 11/05/13 - 07:37 pm
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You know what?

Obama is such a pathological lair that I bet when he was going around saying, "If you like your insurance you can keep it. If you like your doctor you can keep him." that if you would have had him swear on a stack of Bibles he would have and he would have passed a lie detector test even though we now know he knew he was not telling the truth at that time.

I really believe he has that trait of Muslims which allows them to lie to their enemies with no remorse. I'm not saying he is a Muslim, just that he has that trait.

KSL
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KSL 11/05/13 - 08:02 pm
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Lying for Obama

Is a matter of expediency. If it advances his agenda, by all means, he will do it.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 11/05/13 - 10:00 pm
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OBAMAISM

What is an Obamaism?
When are told one thing and you know the opposite will happen.

Example:
IF you like your constitution, you can keep.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/06/13 - 12:22 pm
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When you elect a man who

When you elect a man who imagined a father he never knew and then wrote a book about him, who spent his early years in a Muslim madrasa, who was indoctrinated as a communist in his teens, who holds nothing but contempt for our Constitution, who associated with terrorists, who hates everyone who EARNS their money, and who never held a real job or ran a business......well what did y'all expect. He might as well have come in a box labeled LEFT WING RADICAL SOCIALIST WITH ANTI-AMERICAN AND MUSLIM TENDENCIES.....OPEN AT YOUR OWN RISK.

teaparty
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teaparty 11/06/13 - 03:39 pm
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"When you elect a man who
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"When you elect a man who imagined a father he never knew and then wrote a book about him, who spent his early years in a Muslim madrasa, who was indoctrinated as a communist in his teens, who holds nothing but contempt for our Constitution, who associated with terrorists, who hates everyone who EARNS their money, and who never held a real job or ran a business......well what did y'all expect. He might as well have come in a box labeled LEFT WING RADICAL SOCIALIST WITH ANTI-AMERICAN AND MUSLIM TENDENCIES.....OPEN AT YOUR OWN RISK."
Truer words have never been spoken

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