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.
“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.
“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.