The Edmond Sun

Opinion

July 10, 2012

Reader wonders when government intrusion will stop

EDMOND — To the Editor:

The Supreme Court has in my mind just joined in the assault on our Constitution and trampled the Tenth Amendment and the entire concept of federalism that was so deeply debated at the founding of this great experiment in liberty.

I find myself unable to understand how the federal government can refuse to enforce its own laws designed to protect a state, then castigate that state when it tries to protect its citizens from the attack that the federal government chooses to ignore!

The powers given explicitly to Congress include “to establish a uniform rule of immigration” and provide for the common defence … of the United States.” I see nothing that says “except for Arizona.”

The Constitution also states that the president “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” I see no exception stating that (even an eligible) president is free to pick and choose which (if any) laws he may, or may not, enforce!

Unfortunately, we have no law making it a capital crime for an elected official to fail to carry out his/her oath of office; but can you please explain to me why Mr. Obama is not guilty of misprision and why this should not be considered as a “high crime or misdemeanor”?

Further, will you please explain to me where We the People can turn for protection when the federal government refuses and the state is forbidden by that same out-of-control federal government?

Richard H. Irish

Edmond

RICHARD H. IRISH, a veteran of the Korean Conflict, wrote this letter originally to his congressman Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Oklahoma.

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