WASHINGTON: Today the Obama administration has announced another shocking decision, not so much for its impact but for its precedent. Today Eric Holder announced in so many words that the Obama administration does not care what the legislative branch of the federal government requires, and neither does the Obama administration care to wait for the judicial branch to determine the constitutionality of legislation. To heck with the balance of powers delegated to the federal branches of our government by our Founding Fathers. The Obama administration deems it their responsibility to only enforce laws that they feel they agree with. Other laws don’t matter.
The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it has pulled its legal support for the federal Defense of Marriage Act, stating that the law fails to meet constitutional scrutiny standards and therefore the administration is under no obligation to defend it.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a statement released Wednesday that President Obama has decided that his administration “will cease defense of Section 3,” which states that marriage is between one man and one woman.
“[T]he President has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny,” Mr. Holder said. “The President has also concluded that Section 3 of DOMA, as applied to legally married same-sex couples, fails to meet that standard and is therefore unconstitutional. Given that conclusion, the President has instructed the Department not to defend the statute in such cases. I fully concur with the President’s determination.”
The decision effectively throws the defense of DOMA into the lap of Congress, which can instruct its own attorneys to defend federal laws. Mr. Holder said he had informed members of Congress of the decision so that “members who wish to defend the statute may pursue that option.” The Washington Times
Since when is Congress in charge of enforcing laws? That is the job of the executive branch. If the attorney general won’t enforce the laws Congress enacts, who will?
Is our citizenry that ignorant of our Constitution that it can swallow this nonsense? We know what Obama thinks of the Constitution, but we still harbor a glimmer of hope that there are those in this country that still understand our system of government. All of these officials swore to uphold the Constitution, but their sworn pledges obviously mean nothing. This disrespect to our system of laws is the same kind of behavior favored by regimes in Libya, Egypt, and Venezuela. With this kind of behavior would you really be shocked to see Obama someday declared Chancellor for Life? Where is the outrage in this country?