Those in the federal government seem to desire and promote the steady creep of federal powers over their intended balance to State rights. Since Obama’s election and during the reign of Eric Holder as Attorney General, a clever game of law enforcement / non enforcement has been in the works. Never has our country just rolled over and watched such proceedings. Regardless of your stance on certain issues, procedure must win out, not whimsical and desultory enforcement of law and total disregard for oaths taken.
Agenda supersedes required process. Party trumps country.
There has been the selective non enforcement of duly passed law by this administration. Inconsistent at first blush is the allowance of States to permit legal marijuana use. This is in conflict with federal laws but is approved by the administration. By what power do they ignore law?
Yet when states such as Arizona attempt to enforce laws completely consistent with federal laws, the Department of Justice sues. How absurd the inconsistencies appear to be, but there is a steady stream of action here. Law is in effect being rewritten by either permitting the breaking of existing law, or failing to enforce passed law and making certain, by hiding behind the supremacy law, that States do not pick up the duty. Case in point is the illegal immigration situation. Arizona is told it has no “right” to police illegal immigration as passed federal law dictates the federal government should, yet Colorado is free to legalize marijuana in direct conflict with federal law.
In actuality, there is consistency. This administration ignores what it chooses in order to achieve its goals. It then ensures that any inaction by their choice is not countered by any action from a State. (Suing AZ)
The Constitution is twisted to meet their needs in one instance, sighting that States cannot enforce federal law, yet no one points to the oath of office taken by both Obama and Holder to enforce the laws of the nation and uphold the Constitution.
As Madison said in Federalist 45,
“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”
Additionally, the Tenth Amendment states,
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Yes, there are 50 stars on that flag, not 57 and not just one big one. And as Speaker Boehner threatens to sue the President, and the President gleefully awaits his resultant “victim status” that all liberals seek, more stringent legal procedures seem required. Fundamental transformation indeed.