Defining Moments for Justice in America!
It should be common knowledge by now, that President Obama went into full dictator mode in November, announcing that he was unilaterally changing the immigration laws, deferring deportations for millions of illegal immigrants and effectively granting them amnesty, while legislation has been drafted and hearings are being held.
One such hearing occurred on Wednesday in the House Judiciary Committee, where South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy used his opening statement to absolutely destroy the “anarchy” that Obama’s immigration actions have brought about.
Gowdy began by saying, “The thread that holds the tapestry of our country together is respect for and adherence to the rule of law. The law is the greatest unifying and greatest equalizing force that we have in our culture.”
He continued by describing how both the richest people in America, as well as the poorest, all have the same set of laws that they must abide by, and how these laws serve as the foundation for our Republic.
Gowdy then pointed out how Obama waited until after the midterm elections to announce his plans for amnesty, and how the administration was using an exceptionally loose definition of prosecutorial discretion to justify their unilateral changing of the immigration laws.
“You may like the policy, you may wish the policy were the law, but one person does not make law in a republic,” Gowdy said.
He quickly added, “If you enjoy a single person making law, you should investigate living in another country, because our framers did not give us, nor have generations of our fellow citizens fought and served and sacrificed for a single person to make law in a unilateral way.”
Then Gowdy turned to Obama’s own words, pointing out how Obama himself he lacked the authority to change immigration laws on his own and noting that Obama’s position may have changed over time, but the Constitution has not.
“And that document is clear and it is time-tested and it is true and it says the Congress passes laws and it is the responsibility of the chief executive to take care that those laws are faithfully enforced,” Gowdy said.
“Prosecutorial discretion is real and actually valid, Mr. Chairman, but it is not a synonym for anarchy,” said Gowdy, as he brought up similar points made by Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling that temporarily stops the administration from implementing amnesty.
He went on to list several different powers that the president rightfully has, and there are many, but unilaterally creating or changing laws is not one of them.
He also dismissed the pathetically lame excuse trotted out by this administration that it is acceptable for them to take extra-constitutional actions because prior administrations have done the same thing, essentially noting that two wrongs don’t make a right.
Finally, he had a message for those people who may benefit from Obama’s amnesty.
You may be willing to allow the end to justify the means in this case. You may well like the fact that the president has abused prosecutorial discretion and conferred benefits in an unprecedented way,” he said.
“You may benefit from the president’s failure to enforce the law today, but I’ll make you this promise:
“There will come a day where you will cry out for the enforcement of the law. There will come a day where you long for the law to be the foundation of this republic.
“So you be careful what you do with the law today because if you weaken it today, you weaken it forever,” Gowdy concluded.
Trey Gowdy is absolutely right, and his words should be taken to heart by all Americans, regardless of political persuasion.
The rule of law and the Constitution are not partisan — in fact, far from it. They are blind, and serve as the foundation upon which our society and nation have been built.
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