On July 18, 2016 President Obama calls Baton Rouge, LA assault on police officers an attack on U.S. rule of law. He was correct in making this assessment and calling it for what it really is.
Unfortunately President Obama does not recognized or ignores the fact that for the last seven years he has not kept the rule of law on a number of issues such as:
- Rewrote the employer mandate and several other provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
- Suspending deportation for a class of young people who entered this country illegally, thereby defied the Immigration and Nationality Act.
- Not deporting illegal immigrants that are criminals.
- Gutting the work requirement from welfare reform.
Congress has sole authority to make laws. The president has a corresponding duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” When the president fails to execute a law as written, he not only erodes the separation of powers, he breeds disrespect for the rule of law and increases political polarization.
This emboldens some citizens to take matters into their own hands to right a perceived wrong. These people justify their acts, like we saw in Baton Rouge because they feel if the president can ignore the rule of law, so can I.
The bottom line is, when the rule of law starts to breakdown, so does society.