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June 30, 2013

Column: Obama's 'rule of law' is whatever he wants

President Obama said this past week that in his effort to bring National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden back to this country, he was exhorting other nations like Russia and China to follow legal channels. He said the administration is working with other countries to make sure “the rule of law is observed.”

Whaaaat? The rule of law? Since when has the president cared about the rule of law?

Oh yeah – that’s right. My mistake. He does care – selectively – about the rule of laws that he agrees with and that will further his agenda. Hence, the president is filled with righteous indignation that, so far, Snowden has escaped the efforts of the administration to bring him to “justice” for leaking top-secret documents about NSA surveillance of U.S. citizens to The Guardian and the Washington Post.

Obama didn’t like Snowden documenting the fact that under his administration, government spying on citizens is worse – much worse – than it was under his predecessor – you know, that guy Obama never defended when he was being called “BushHitler” by his detractors.

But, since he now finds heightened government surveillance useful, secrecy laws must be enforced. You know, because we’re a nation of laws, not men.

Except that under Obama, we’re not. Which could be one of the reasons that both the Chinese and Russians either ignored him or openly mocked him, suggesting that when there is something, or someone, Obama really wants, he tries to be just as totalitarian as he says they are.

So much for the big “re-set” the president promised would magically occur with our professed enemies once he occupied the White House.

He has given the Chinese, Russians and those of any nation, including his own, plenty of cause to mock him. He and his attorney general, Eric Holder, have been very public about the fact that they will not enforce federal immigration laws on the books. Not only that, they came down on Arizona for passing, and then trying to enforce, immigration laws that mirrored the federal laws.

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