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Obama? Rule of Law?

The Obama White House could have stayed out of a local matter, as it often does.

Or it could have just said it believed that local officials were enforcing the law and supported that.

But no. Instead, it offered up a treacly blob of sanctimony to express its commitment to “the rule of law” in supporting the jailing of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis for her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

No matter that flouting the rule of law has been a hallmark of the Obama administration lo these many years.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked about the president’s thoughts on the Davis matter.

Earnest

“I’m obviously limited in what I can say given the ongoing court activity,” Earnest said, which would be news to anyone who followed President Obama’s opining on the Trayvon Martin matter as the investigation was just getting underway.

“I will just say on principle that the success of our democracy depends on the rule of law,” Earnest deadpanned.

“And there is no public official that is above the rule of law. Certainly not the president of the United States. But neither is the Rowan county clerk,” Earnest continued, implying guilt on the part of Davis and obviously feeling suddenly less limited in what he could say.

Related: Kentucky Clerk in Custody

“That’s a principle that is enshrined in our Constitution and in our democracy. And it’s one that obviously the courts are seeking to uphold.”

In case you are getting teary-eyed with patriotic sentimentality at this point, remember that this White House has issued not a peep of concern about that its former secretary of state may have broken federal records keeping and national security laws.

And what’s more . . .

  • that it made recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was not in recess;
  • that it effectively put an end to the Defense of Marriage Act by simply deciding it wasn’t going to enforce it;
  • and that it tried to enact a wholesale change in immigration laws by refusing to enforce those, too. The matter is now before the courts, which at least temporarily put a stop to it.

The success of our democracy certainly does depend on the rule of law.

Which is why many believe democracy has been imperiled by the Obama administration.

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24 Responses to Obama? Rule of Law?

  1. Thanks Keith. Professional as always, polite, but made a very good point as always. As I have mentioned so many times. I wish they would chat with their family members about these issues, in front of the world to see.
    Families disagree about if they want potato salad, or macaroni salad for dinner, so their must be thousands of people asking their family members, why are you a part of this?
    That is besides the paycheck….

  2. Obama and The Rule of Law used in one sentence is a slap in the face against all law abiding citizens. I’m sure Obama feels that “black lives matter” protesters are within their civic and personal rights, but Kim Davis is jailed for going against her religious beliefs. God bless, Kim Davis. I hope this is just the beginning of many a protest, for standing firm with God’s law!

    • SO…..
      Ignoring Federal Immigration laws and creating “Sanctuary Cities” is OK?
      Ignoring Federal Drug Laws and creating “legal marijuana” States is OK?
      Granting citizen rights to Illegal Aliens is OK? Empowering Government-Created Agencies (with a Capital A), with the rule of law…..all is ok NOW?
      We must retain our identity as a ‘Constitutional Republic–
      A constitutional republic is a state in which the head of state and other officials are representatives of the people. They must govern to existing constitution.’

  3. Apply the rule of law to arrest Obama! Obama is a traitor to America on numerous accounts; he needs to be arrested for treason, tried, and when convicted, needs to be hung!

  4. Obama + rule of law = oxymoron. Gay marriage undoubtedly is a very personal subject for Obama. Wonder if he plans on giving Reggie a ring before he leaves office…

    • President Denali-The High One will continue with his ‘marriage’ to the wookie (Beard) until he collects his WH pension. Then him and Reggie will fade back to the bath-houses of Chicago.

      • Sadly, even if he leaves office at the end of his term, we haven’t seen the last of him. He wants to be Emperor of the World as well as King of The U.S.

  5. It was the typical condescending untruth from the WH whether it comes from Obama or Josh.

    And I don’t consider the judgement of 5 lawyers on the Supreme Court without enabling legislation to be “law”. But then again Obama thinks Executive Orders and the Executive Branch is the law.

  6. When you have happily wandered that far from the truth, as Earnest has, it’s time for an in depth psychological examination. Remember how crazy Jay Carney looked at the end of his tenure? That’s what constant lying does to you.

  7. “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” – Ayn Rand

  8. Pffffff, the law only applies to the Left when the law furthers the Left’s intellectually and morally bankrupt agenda; and stunningly, the Left has no shame and seemingly no awareness of their utterly transparent hypocrisy.

    • Thanks for the link. It also referenced Valeria Jarrett saying in a tweet/Twitchy “Every girls life matters.” ???? Only if their mothers, are not a Planned Parenthood location.

    • Denise, Barry looks like the kings butler.
      I read that the king and his enormous entourage booked the entire Four Seasons Hotel and brought a lot of crates with pure gold furniture and things with them. They refurnished the rooms, king Midas obviously can not stand ordinary furniture. I have read that they will, among other issues, discuss the Syrian situation, Barry and Salman are plotting and orchestrating a coup d` e´tat there, but Salman king has not accepted one single Syrian migrant into his country. Well, it looks like he cannot afford it with these hotel bills.
      Oh, forgot one thing, Syrians are mostly Shiia and Salman is Sunni, Muslim brothers do not help each other. Can you imagine it here ? A Methodist or Baptist can not help a Lutheran ? Well, they certainly see things differently.

  9. I had just taken in a large spoonful of soup when Earnest lectured us on the Rule of Law. I’m think I’ve gotten it cleaned up now. We have completely devalued language when the words “Certainly not” the president, replace the words, “Except for” the president. It would be like saying “No one is above the law. Certainly not the Ayatollah.”

  10. This WH has time and time again proven they are arrogant, dismissive, divisive, underhanded, and NOT transparent, I wouldn’t believe them if they came out on a sunny blue-skied day and said, “hey the sun is shining and the sky is blue.”
    The credibility of this WH is in tatters.