When he grew frustrated by Congress’s unwillingness to do what he wanted, President Obama took matters into his own hands and created DACA, a “law” in every sense except the most important one: it wasn’t passed by Congress. President Obama knew he wasn’t Constitutionally empowered to do what he did — he’d often said exactly that. But he did it anyway, because he believed in the cause more than he valued the rule of law.
Education Secretary DeVos is in the process of rescinding Obama administration regulations that require colleges, if they wish to continue to receive federal funding (including federal student loan money), to deny students accused of criminal sexual misconduct the protections guaranteed to the accused by our Constitution. The Obama rules replace the criminal courts with a kangaroo court that ignores rules of evidence, due process, and legal principles enshrined in the Constitution — because President Obama believed in the cause more than he valued the rule of law.
The violent activists of the ironically misnamed “antifa” movement routinely and brazenly break the law in their self-righteous opposition to speech they don’t like. It doesn’t matter whether the speaker is a legally authorized political group, an elderly scholar, or a right-wing gadfly: these so-called “anti-fascists” are happy to deny these speakers their legal rights in true fascistic fashion — complete with truncheons and Molotov cocktails — because they believe in their cause more than they value the rule of law.
We on the right should continue to work within the law, because that’s how civilized people conduct themselves in a democratic constitutional republic such as ours. Those who sweep the law aside when it’s inconvenient are barbarians — even if they think their righteousness gives them the moral authority to force their ideas on the rest of us.Published in