It has often been said that “No one is above the law”, but that no longer seems to hold true. From the Oval Office to the man on the street, it is becoming acceptable to choose which laws to obey and which laws to ignore. When government officials walk this path, we are being dangerously led into anarchy.
The most egregious example of ignoring the law is the federal government’s refusal to enforce current immigration laws. It has been decided at the highest levels of government that our immigration laws are wrong and, therefore, not to be enforced. That directive has been passed down through channels all the way to the policeman on the beat. Hence, we have an illegal alien problem escalating into a crisis.
Obama’s recent decision that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional follows the trend. Obama, acting on his “opinion”, has instructed the Department of Justice to stop defending this law in court. This unconstitutionality was not decided by a legal court or a federal judge; it was decided by Obama. This can be considered “obstruction of justice”, another law that will not be enforced.
Ignoring a law is tantamount to breaking it and when it is arrogantly done by the president of the United States, it sets a bad precedent for all government officials. It is no surprise that Democrats in Wisconsin find it perfectly acceptable to leave the state rather than vote on something disagreeable. If one can choose which laws to obey, it follows suit that one can decide which job responsibility to shirk.
Breaking or ignoring laws for personal reasons has become so commonplace that it borders on being an acceptable epidemic. A doctor illegally handing out excuse slips to teachers in Wisconsin lying about being sick is considered just a clever little trick. Selling marijuana to those without a prescription is considered being ahead of the curve. Allowing teenagers to drink in one’s house is considered a prudent measure.
The list, sadly, goes on and on and it is growing. Unfortunately, our children are learning that laws are optional. That can’t bode well for their future.
David J. Hentosh