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February 24, 2011

Ben Stein on Obama's DOMA Decision

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Ben Stein on Barack Obama's "decision" that the "defense of marriage" act is not Constitutional and that they will no longer defend it (emphasis mine):

... Correct me if I am wrong, gentle readers, but under the Constitution, and early decisions by Justice Marshalls Court, doesn't the Supreme Court decide if a law is Constitutional? I cannot recall a President making that decision by himself. I am all for gay men and women to have every right that I have. But isn't it a dangerous usurpation for the President to now take over the roles of the Courts in their ultimate duty -- ruling on the Constitutionality of laws? Isn't this about as dangerous an act as a President has ever done? Or am I missing something? Again, I love gay people and want them to be total equals of everyone else. But isn't there a major Constitutional coup going on here?
Think about it. If Barack Obama can simply decide on his own which laws are to be enforced and which laws are not ... and he's allowed to get away with it ... then a simple presidential announcement can repeal any vital and important federal law which diminishes the value of federal law all the way down to worthless ... and the Constitution with it. Not to mention the usurpation of executive power over the Judiciary.

Related: Obama Completes His Trifecta (What have we allowed to happen to the American concept of separation of powers? Are we abandoning this unique and hallowed concept for a tinpot dictatorship dressed up in a fancy suit and fancy oratory? Where and how do we stop this train to ruination?)

Posted by Richard at February 24, 2011 3:21 PM



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