Rule of Law Vetoed by President Obama by Joel S. Hirschhorn

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
April 21, 2009

There are no headlines or pontificating pundits, but the real news that has become crystal clear to any but the most delusional and distracted Americans is that President Obama has no commitment to applying the rule of law where it counts. Certainly, not applying it to the large number of rich and powerful people that have violated our Constitution and plunged the nation into economic disaster.

Again and again we hear the flimsy argument from Obama and his top advisors that he wants to look forward and not backward. This is tortured logic when it comes to delivering justice in a nation supposedly cherishing the rule of law.

The fundamental logic of honoring and applying the rule of law fairly to absolutely everyone is that people who have broken the law in the past must be held accountable and placed into the justice system after they have misbehaved. In other words, there is no actionable rule of law other than by looking backward into past misdeeds. So how can rational and intelligent people follow the logic of Obama and still believe that he truly understands and honors the rule of law?

It is not believable when Obama says he will honor the rule of law in the future. Why should we trust his rhetoric when he refuses to enforce the rule of law for past actions by some of the most powerful people in America?

There is warranted and massive public disapproval of government as evidenced in the tea parties held across the nation last week. How can Americans respect government when it is so evident that the president stubbornly refuses to seek justice and punishment for those that have violated the public trust? Obama’s reluctance to seek justice for those that have damaged the nation undermines his credibility as an honest public servant.

All of this has taken on new importance as official documents from the Bush administration totally support the view that the US tortured prisoners in violation of international and domestic laws. President George W. Bush lied to us. And even before the latest events there were surely incredible amounts of evidence that high Bush administration officials savaged our Constitution. The constitutional balance of powers among the three branches of government has become a fiction.

What Americans have every right to see is a large number of former elected and appointed officials in the Bush administration as well as many in the financial sector being arrested, indicted and confronted with criminal trials. Americans want to see aggressive prosecution and punishment. They want and deserve revenge and retribution, considering the astounding pain and suffering the vast majority of Americans now experience.

We have every right to see in the public limelight what the world saw after World War II when Nazi criminals were tried and punished on the world stage.

This is not happening because Obama seems to have more allegiance to the plutocracy that brought him to the presidency than to the public that has seen thousands of Americans killed in the unjust war in Iraq and now see their families, friends and neighbors suffering loss of jobs, retirement nest eggs, financial security, personal health and homes. When any politician does not enforce the rule of law then I worry that he or she may fear having the rule of law applied to them.

We have witnessed crimes against humanity. We want President Obama to show complete commitment to the rule of law so that the many lying, corrupt and criminal Americans from both the public and private sectors that have caused so much harm are punished. That includes Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and many, many others in the Bush administration, including those that were supposed to regulate the financial sector.

Obama and his underlings seem to say that doing this would be a distraction and a waste of time. Nuts! It is exactly what the nation needs to rebuild confidence in government and the justice system. On the positive side, there are some in Congress showing interest in prosecuting many culprits. But the White House may be exerting pressure behind the scenes to limit their actions.

Applying the rule of law: If not now, then when? Yes, we can and should.

[Joel S. Hirschhorn is a co-founder of Friends of the Article V Convention; contact him through through]


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5 thoughts on “Rule of Law Vetoed by President Obama by Joel S. Hirschhorn

  1. You can criticize Obama all you want. In fact that’s his purpose to take the heat. But you will not get any change until the real bosses allow it.

    The comedian Bill Hicks had a routine that went something like this:

    A new President is silently ushered into a closed conference room. At the table are about a half dozen others waiting for him. The new President takes a seat, and the lights go down and a screen appears from the ceiling. On this screen is shown the assassination of JFK from an angle never seen before. The screen returns to the ceiling, the lights are turned back on, and a man at the head of the table looks at the new President, obviously sweating profusely, and asks him pointedly if he has any questions.

    I imagine reality is not far off this routine. So when we bitch about politicians, we are only bitching against straw men. Find out who the real bosses are and bitch about them.

  2. Torture Momo’s are a ruse!! t
    The crime is the Americorp, or Sever America Act, Children are to be slaves of the state{Federal} govt.. No, not education rather incarceration.
    This is the prelude to war and a draft.
    The nice man, Pres. B. Obama, tried to be friendly, but the foe[s] did not wish to give up soveriegnity, mineral, resource, or property rights.

    No Draft, Wake Up ! ! Write your Senator, stop the Americorp, or the Seve America Act, it criminal!!

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