President Obama has announced the government will allow several new "sanctuary cities". It will refuse to enforce some laws these cities violate.
One such city is Tuscora, Alabama. The city gives sanctuary to men who mutilate female genitalia. The city council wishes "to show sympathy and support for the many Muslims who live in our city."
The city also refuse to prosecute men who stone to death women found guilty of adultery.
The city of Wilmington, Delaware declared itself a "sanctuary city" for financial lawbreakers. "Any person who works in finance who is accused of breaking laws will find safe haven here," said the mayor. "After all, Wilmington is totally dependent upon the financial industry. We feel a responsibility to protect our own."
Wilmington fashioned its policies after those of Detroit. The Motor City gives sanctuary to executives of auto companies that break laws. It also gives sanctuary to motorists who get ticketed for speeding in American-made cars.
President Obama cited the three cities as models of the sanctuary concept. The concept began with cities that grant shelter from the law to illegal immigrants. "Lawlessness will be a major part of my legacy to America," the President announced.
Ridiculous? It would be. If the news from these cities were true.
So what about the cities where ignoring the law is true? The sanctuary cities that ignore immigration laws? The government does give these cities its blessing.
Like it or not a big part of the legacy of this president will be lawlessness. He has issued many executive orders to bypass Congress and its laws. Not on minor issues. Many presidents did the same on relatively small issues. This president has done so on major issues where he did not like the law.
He has directed his Justice Department to simply not enforce any number of laws. When a major figure in the IRS was caught with her hand in the cookie jar, for instance. Lois Lerner. The administration ignored the law. And allowed her to.
Thus far we seem to have a similar situation with a former Secretary of State.
The President has ignored the law with various provisions of Obamacare. Simply decided a few parts of the law are not binding. We are not talking about regulations that have grown from the law. This is the law itself. As created and passed by Congress.
Most Americans dislike law-breaking. It gets under our skin when UN employees park where they feel like in the Big Apple. And never have to pay the thousands of tickets they rack up. As we would have to.
We hate it when VIPs' kids get off drug charges thanks to high-priced lawyers. While the kid down the block is in the slammer for the same offense.
We think it is wrong when people who know people escape the law that whacks us.
Most of us feel it is wrong when a minion in the State Department is punished for mishandling classified information. While his or her boss skates free. For doing the same thing. In triplicate, capital letters, wholesale with lights flashing.
A pillar of strength in society is when its government applies the law evenly and equally. From the top to the bottom of citizenry. These days that pillar is wobbling.
From Tom...as in Morgan.