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Somnus Justita: Absence of Respect for Law in President Obama’s America

In Plato’s Republic, Socrates and his ensemble search for “justice,” and seek answers to secondary questions that arise during this search.  Early on in their search, Polemarchus, the son of patriarch in whose house the search occurs, defines justice as being able to help friends and harm enemies.  In this manner, Socrates pursues the answer with questions and shortly reveals, with various paradigms, that the one best suited to help is also best suited to harm.

Though he does not know it, Polemarchus is describing the administration of President Obama almost 2,400 years before its commencement.

His presidency has, since the outset of its tenure, shown the intent to help its political friends and harm its political enemies.  Thus is modern politics– corruption. What is more troublesome is the obvious disregard for one of this nation’s long standing pillars, the rule-of-law, which this administration has viewed as a road block.

On the very day of his election, a case arose involving alleged voter intimidation by the “New Black Panther Party” at a Philadelphia polling station.  Between election day and inauguration day, the Bush administration’s Department of Justice began compiling evidence, which led to the filing of charges under the Voting Rights Act against four individuals.  Then came an abrupt turn.  Charges against all except the club-toting spokesman from the video, the delightful “Minister King Samir Shabazz,” were dismissed by the Obama Department of Justice.  What was Shabazz’s harsh punishment?  He could not display a weapon within 100 feet of a polling station in Philadelphia for three years.  Rest well, America. Order has been maintained.

Additional evidence supporting the Obama administration’s corruption can be found in Operation Fast and Furious, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ attempt to track firearms sales originating in the United States on behalf of drug cartels who use the weapons to gain supremacy in the ongoing Mexican narco-war.  Considering the attempt made by the Congressional Oversight Committee to learn more about the operation and the possibility that weapons purchased under this program killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, the Department of Justice has been less than accommodating.  Attorney General Holder’s testimony before the committee was evasive at best, and his perceived lack of cooperation led to the possibility of being cited in contempt of Congress.  Some Democrats have become critical of Attorney General Holder’s handling of the operation. Maybe this is the administration’s notion of bipartisanship?

President Obama’s Department of Justice is not the only source of corruption and disregard in American government.  Enter the Department of Energy and their solar energy friends, Solyndra, the recipient of a 535 million dollar loan guarantee in 2009.  Pre-loan analysis showed Solyndra would not likely be able to maintain solvency after September 2011. The loan went forward, and was eventually defaulted upon when Solyndra shut it’s doors and laid off 1,100 workers in August 2011.  This channeling of taxpayer money to 2008 campaign supporters of President Obama is not the only one, but is considered par for the course. The Solyndra affair was carried out and promoted by President Obama, when what would appear to be his enemy, American oil and gas extraction, was halted in the Gulf of Mexico in a response to an individual catastrophe.  It is interesting, however, that President Obama did not claim Solyndra as his own.

His most recent display of disgust with law lays in the veiled threats against the Supreme Court if they do not bow and accept his term’s key piece of legislation: “Obamacare.”  At a Rose Garden press conference with the Canadian and Mexican heads of state, President Obama zeroed in on the nine Justices, thinly veiling his opinion that they should “not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.” The president’s estimation only received a “false” from PoliticFact.com; apparently they’ve done away with “Liar, Liar Pants on Fire,” and refused my request to create a special rating of “Absent during Marbury v. Madison day of undergraduate law class.”

Kenneth Depew | University of St. Thomas (TX) | Houston, Texas | @Depewk

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