Among many other valid points, the Wall Street Journal notes the “lawless” nature of the Obama administration’s announcement yesterday that it will not enforce one legal requirement of Obamacare in 2013.


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The law is such an inconvenient thing: Among many other valid points about the disaster that is Obamacare, the Wall Street Journal notes the “lawless” nature of the Obama administration’s announcement yesterday that it will not enforce one legal requirement of Obamacare in 2013.

This selective enforcement of laws has become an Administration habit. From immigration (the Dream Act by fiat) to easing welfare reform’s work requirements to selective waivers for No Child Left Behind, the Obama Administration routinely suspends enforcement of or unilaterally rewrites via regulation the laws it dislikes. Now it is doing it again on health care, without any consultation from, much less the approval of, Congress.

Sadly, this contempt for the law is becoming rampant. Worse, though the Democrats have generally been the worst offenders, this contempt has not been a partisan affair. Republican politicians have participated as well.

And who will suffer? Not the politicians. It will be the ordinary innocent citizens, who merely want to live their lives freely without hindrance, who will pay the cost.

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  • joe

    Selective enforcement of laws is dangerous both to citizens and government, in effect you lose rule of law and anything goes until someone wants to enforce laws that they let slide before, this sets precedents for lawyers on both sides for litigation as to what’s enforceable, before you know it you have a situation like in Arizona where the feds are taking a state to court for making a law that almost a duplicate of the federal law that the feds wont enforce, but wont rescind. Somehow if for whatever reason U.S. citizens wanted to emigrate to Mexico with out a visa or express permission and become a burden to the citizens of Mexico, I don’t think the Mexican government would welcome them with open arms, yes arms would be involved, but they would be pointed at you! With regards to health care, everything Americans ever knew about healthcare has just been thrown out the window with ACA, Huxley’s Brave New World comes to mind, our children will not live the lifestyle we or our parents lived, just not possible with the draconian taxes they will have to bear!

  • ” It will be the ordinary innocent citizens, who merely want to live their lives freely without hindrance, who will pay the cost.”

    ‘Ordinary innocent civilians’ will be rejecting Obamacare en masse come 15 April 2014. Enough.

  • JGL

    A piece on the “legitimacy” of the current inhabitants of our government, appropriate to read on this day.

    http://www.silverbearcafe.com/private/07.13/legitimacy.html

  • joe

    Nice article JGL, very accurate and nice in its brevity!

  • Who cares what Mexico would do? Closed borders are inconsistent with the principles of the United States of America, as is any welfare program that treats human being as a “burden”, not a blessing. Ironically, the best way to eliminate the welfare state is to open the borders. The influx of immigrants coming to get on welfare will cause those exact same systems to collapse. For some reason many libertarians seem to think this would be a bad idea. I can’t imagine why.

  • Pzatchok

    I was told many years ago that the fastest way for a commander, and this goes for governments also, to loose command and thus control was to issue orders he expected to not be followed.

    Those orders just erode his authority. And its the very same with governments.

    Eventually the solders or people/citizens come to regard all rules and laws as not always applying, and in most cases only enforced when caught and even then only by those whom they viewed as the opponents or other guys.

    This is why the Kings of England signed agreements with the people to uphold the common laws and enforce them fairly. When they didn’t they eventually were overthrown. And that happened quite a bit in merry old England.
    Leaders knew this 1000 years ago, and it would be good if todays leaders understood this now.
    I tend to think the left has forgotten this and assumes that the force of majority will win out in all things.
    But it was almost always the oppressed minority that found the courage and determination to stand up and take the power.

  • JGL

    Thanks Joe, a friend sent it to me and now I see Mr. Zimmerman has posted it. I believe that this is the moment when a segment of the population realizes that both party’s have demonstrated that they both have gone over the edge and that this is the time for a third party that references the Constitution. They have lost their way long ago.

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