We are a nation of laws. It is how we maintain the public peace. Our businesses rely on laws to validate and insure the contracts in which they operate. Law is the means to hold the members of a civil society accountable to decency and responsibility.
I would suspect that a majority of Americans have at one time or another found themselves crossways to some rule or regulation. While we all may grouse and grumble at the results of our negligence or maybe just plain rebellion, oftentimes it soon becomes clear that some laws were put there for the protection of the public. So we respectfully submit to the repercussions of our actions.
Not so for the members of the Democrat Party, who forage the halls of Washington D.C. in search of more slush funds to consume. The Federal government is supposed to pass a budget each year. It’s the law. Senate President, Harry Reid, has refused to even allow budgets, passed by the House of Representatives, to come to the floor to be voted on and now the Federal government has not had an operating budget for three years. The “Honorable” Mr. Reid claims that the Republican led House has not put forth a budget to vote on. Yet the House has repeatedly put forth bi-partisan budgets, passed in the House, that Reid will not acknowledge for a vote. The Senate President seems more content to break the law than to honor the legislation of a duly elected House of Representatives, the laws that govern him and responsibilities required of him that are vested in the position and authority he currently retains.
Perhaps Mr. Reid is pouting in frustration that the budgets presented by President Obama cannot make it out of the House with a single positive vote. Yes, the House of Representatives have voted unanimously against the executive budget proposals on multiple occasions. Barack Obama has proven to be so inept on matters of budget that both Democrats and Republicans have refused to have the President’s fiscal disaster on their hands and have voted a resounding bi-partisan “no”. That’s zero, Z.E.R.O, zero votes for the President. Strapped with a leader in the Oval Office that is feckless at best on matters of economy, Harry Reid has decided that perhaps it is best if the law does not apply to him. Better no budget, than a balanced budget. Sadly, Mr. Reid, even the nation of Mexico has an operating budget. Shouldn’t we at least try?
But Mr. Reid is not the most notable lawbreaker amongst Democrat leaders. President Obama now finds the signature act of his administration in direct challenge to the Law of the Land, the Constitution. As ObamaCare weighs before the Justices of the Supreme Court, the President has taken the unprecedented tact of threatening the highest court of the United States while it is in deliberation. The President challenged the court’s authority to judge the constitutional merit of a law, which is one of the primary purposes of the Supreme Court. This outraged the American people and rightly so. The President has spent the week trying to “walk back” his words, but curiously, trying to couch his words in such a way as to leave his threat on the table.
This leaves the citizens of the United States with these questions. If the President is the Constitutional lawyer he claims to be, then is he simply an inept, incompetent lawyer or is he someone who fundamentally disdains the system of checks and balances that founding fathers established? If you were a Party who believed the government should rule the people, not the people rule the government, wouldn’t you view laws that held you accountable and checked your actions as frustrating encumbrances or barriers to the advance of your agenda? Something to think about. What is certain is this. When we the citizens break a law, we pay a fine or face incarceration. When our leaders in Washington break the law and are exposed, they, by their actions, tell we the people to simply go to Hades.