Pro Logica

September 4, 2010

Hypocrisy and the Obama Administration

The last section of my last blog reminded me of my first letter to the editor wherein I stated that Obama, if he were to become president would probably be the biggest hypocrite to ever hold that position.  That prophecy seems to have a chance of being fulfilled.

We start with the presidential Oath of Office which must be taken before the president-elect takes office:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

We also note that the beginning of Article II states:

The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States.

By taking the Oath the POTUS promises to execute and enforce all Congressional laws unless, in his/her judgment, that particular law is deemed unconstitutional.  Rational and reasonable governance dictates that, in the case of disagreement of constitutionality the two sides would get together and resolve their difference with Congress changing the law to satisfy the constitutionality disagreement.  If either side is adamant the result could be the removal of the POTUS through the impeachment process or the repeal of the law in question by either resolution or de facto means (leaving the law on the books and not removing the POTUS).

Leaving aside the details of good governance and getting to the hypocrisy assertion, there have been four instances in the news recently which have charged the POTUS of not enforcing particular Congressional laws: funding embryonic stem cell research; not enforcing “don’t tell, don’t ask”; spending money for promoting Kenya’s new constitution; and funding pro-abortion organizations.  The charge of hypocrisy of the Obama administration stands since there has been no attempt to justify these four violations of Congressional law.  We can only wonder how many other laws have been flouted by this administration.

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