Vol: 117 Issue: 29 Wednesday, June 29, 2011
We noted last week that there is a central thread of complete lawlessness that seems to wind its way all through the Obama administration, from the president through his cabinet.
Last week’s example was Operation Fast and Furious in which the ATF was running guns to Mexican drug lords, who then turn them on our Border Patrol. The gun that killed Agent Bryan Terry was identified by it’s serial number as part of that ATF operation.
That was last week.
This week, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee began work on a bill that would temporarily freeze the Obama administration’s power to bypass the Congress and grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens by virtue of executive order.
At issue is the so-called “Dream Act” which is an acronym for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors.” The Dream Act would grant what effectively amounts to amnesty to illegal aliens who entered the country as minors.
Critics of the Dream Act point out that the Act requires that illegal aliens be of good moral character and cannot have committed crimes in America. Illegal entry is a crime. Identity theft is a crime. So is making false statements.
As one critic points out, an illegal alien commits a fresh crime every time he shows up for work and another crime every time he picks up a paycheck without proper tax information.
The Dream Act is either invalid on its face or all those other crimes are only crimes if one is in America legally.
The Dream Act was first introduced and defeated in 2001. In 2011, the Democrats reintroduced it and defeated it again. The Congress has spoken – twice.
The Dream Act – which DID NOT pass the Congress — makes a mockery of existing federal immigration law that DID. Consequently, the law of the land remains unchanged.
Under the Constitution, it is the DUTY of the president to enforce existing laws, whether he agrees with them or not. Congress passes laws. Only the judiciary reviews them. The President MUST enforce them.
Refusing to enforce existing law has been grounds for impeachment since the impeachment of Andrew Johnson in 1868.
A new enforcement memo was handed down last week by the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement directs agents to operate as if the Dream Act were existing law, under the excuse that the agency is confronted with more cases than it can handle.
Instead, what it really amounts to is an act of brazen lawlessness, taking place in an atmosphere of lawlessness.
Last week it was gunrunning. The week before that, Congress was debating Obama’s refusal to obey the War Powers act.
Before that, it was the administration’s refusal to recognize the Congressional Defense of Marriage Act. Before that, it was the administration’s refusal to prosecute civil rights crimes unless the perpetrators were white.
Indeed, almost every day there is a new example of the Obama administration’s absolute disregard for the law. The most recent involved Obama’s offer to win a chance to have dinner with him and Joe Biden by making a five dollar campaign contribution.
Obama first pitched the plan in a letter to his supporters.
“I’m not asking you to donate today just so you’ll be entered for a chance to meet me. I’m asking you to say you believe in the kind of politics that gives people like you a seat at the table — whether it’s the dinner table with me or the table where decisions are made about what kind of country we want to be. (Signed)Barack”
On Monday, he followed up with a short video recorded from the Oval Office location where he records his weekly addresses to the nation. In it, he announced:
“I have great news. We’re setting another place at the table for Joe Biden — he wants to join us. This won’t be a formal affair. It’s the kind of casual meal among friends that I don’t get to have as often as I’d like anymore, so I hope you’ll consider joining me.”
Adding insult to injury, the Obama campaign ad continued:
“Most campaigns fill their dinner guest lists primarily with Washington lobbyists and special interests. We didn’t get here doing that, and we’re not going to start now. We’re running a different kind of campaign. We don’t take money from Washington lobbyists or special-interest PACs — we never have, and we never will.”
That is a naked, unabashed and easily-proved lie. Added to the lie is the fact that Obama’s campaign push is a direct violation of campaign law. The law prohibits the use of federal facilities for the purposes of campaigning.
The reason behind the law is to prevent precisely what Obama was doing – using government facilities to provide an unfair advantage in fund-raising and expense. It would cost someone like Michelle Bachmann or Mitt Romney MILLIONS to reach the audience that Obama reached with his video on the government’s dime.
“First, they said, an open process for small donors to essentially win a raffle is not the kind of fundraising prohibited under the law—and the president didn’t make a direct appeal for donations, anyway. Second, they pointed to a longstanding advisory opinion from the Justice Department that differentiates between the residence portion of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—where the aide said Obama had been filmed—and official rooms in the White House. Third, they said, Obama’s approach is in keeping with the practices of his predecessors.”
What is particularly telling is that every single news report on the subject that I read offered in Obama’s defense a litany of similar violations allegedly committed by every president since Ronald Reagan.
So why waste the time writing laws in the first place?
In America, we often hear the phrase “the rule of law” kicked around whenever some legal controversy touches the White House. But it has become more a conservative catch-phrase than a legal doctrine.
As a legal doctrine in the United States, the “Rule of Law” has a certain defined characteristics:
- Supremacy of Law: All persons are subject to the law – no person is above the law.
- Concept of Justice: Nations governed by the rule of law are bound to the rules of justice and fairness
- Places restrictions on discretionary power
- Accepts the doctrine of judicial precedent
- Applies common law methodology
- Demands judiciary independence
- Restricts exercise of legislative power by the Executive
- Has an underlying moral basis
The American rule of law is based on the premise that increase in government means decrease in liberty. The Constitution is a record of negative liberties – that is to say, any right not specifically granted the government is also beyond the government.
Indeed, America’s creed since 1887 has been “a government of laws, not of men”. The Constitution is law, the highest law, and the President, Congress, and the Federal Judiciary are bound by its terms.
A government of laws and not of men is, then, the underlying principle of the American political and legal system.
What does it mean when the underlying principle of the American political and legal system is corrupted?
What would it mean if the foundation of your home began to crumble?
I hate to beat a dead horse, but the fact is that not everybody ‘gets it’ at the same pace. Some people may read a dozen or more OL briefs before they hit on an example that triggers their “Aha!” moment.
The purpose of the OL is first and foremost, to trigger that “aha” moment – to demonstrate to their satisfaction that we’re not just using clever semantic tricks, but that the prophecies of Scripture are actually coming to pass.
Once that “Aha” moment arrives, it is like having the blinders removed, but those blinders were on there a long time – for some folks it takes more than others.
The Omega Letter must necessarily revisit the same ground from time to time using new examples.
One of the most common questions I am asked about Bible prophecy is “Where is America in Bible Prophecy?” It is not enough to just give an opinion — anybody can have an opinion. Opinions without evidence to back them up are valueless.
Today’s Omega Letter is number 3,173 in a row. There are only so many thousand examples one can use to make the same point before necessarily covering some of the same ground. The point is simple and unchanging.
“Jesus is coming! He’s coming soon! The evidences are all around us! Quick! Look busy!”
Note to the Members: We are honored and thrilled to announce the appointment of Omega Letter’s newest columnist, Capt. Pete Garcia, US Army. Capt. Garcia is well qualified to share educated and informed opinions on topics most of us can only imagine.
Pete has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, focusing on Foreign Service and Military History. Currently, he is a Blackhawk pilot serving with the United States Army. Pete has served in Germany, Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as having travelled to Mexico, Australia, Europe, and the Mediterranean.
Pete is married to, (as he specifically says in his bio), a beautiful wife and is blessed with a wonderfully curious and smart five year old daughter.
I am grateful beyond words that Pete has joined the OL family of columnists and I am sure you will come to look forward to his columns as I do.
Be sure and check out his latest column and give him a hearty howdy-do.