Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Keith A. Fournier

5/16/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

No President, no United States Administration is above the Rule of Law.

The President of the United States regularly referred to the fact that he was a constitutional lawyer during both of his political campaigns. He was quite fond of references to the fact that he taught constitutional law. What is clear is that either this President was absent from his own classes when he addressed the First Amendment's Freedoms of Press, Association, Speech and the Free Exercise of Religion, or he simply has no respect for them.

Highlights

By Keith A. Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/16/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Benghazi, Justice Department, IRS, Internal Revenue Service, Tea Party, Conservative groups, Obama Administration, house of cards, Jay Carney, Rule of Law, Eric Holder, Subpoena, Keith A Fournier


WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - I write as a private citizen, a constitutional lawyer and a deeply concerned American. I love this Nation. I still believe in its promise of liberty. Like most of you I have been watching the unfolding scandals which are engulfing this Administration with growing alarm.

Like most of you, I insist upon knowing what really happened on that fateful evening in Benghazi, Libya - and what really happened afterward. People died and someone lied. The only question is who lied and when. No-one is happy to make such an assertion. I certainly am not.

This evil terrorist act had nothing to do with a You Tube Video. It was perpetrated by Jihadists and we know it. This Administration knew it, early on, and concocted the entire story as a deflection. The question is why - and the American people have a right to an answer.

Like most of you, I insist upon a full explanation concerning the abuse of office committed by agents of the Internal Revenue Service. They engaged in a systematic and widespread pattern of viewpoint discrimination. There is no doubt that they singled out applicants for denial or delay of non-profit status based solely upon their political positions. That kind of action is unconstitutional and threatens our political order. 

As someone who obtained many such exemptions for legal clients over the years I know what is involved in the process. I also led several exempt organizations and know how it all works. There has always been a political side to the process. That is not the issue. This is about much more than an underling in the IRS denying an exemption. This is about a systemic abuse of power by the Internal Revenue Service. It strains credibility for representatives of the Obama Administration to claim they were unaware of it.  

Attorney General Holder's announcement on Tuesday that the Justice Department is undertaking an investigation of the IRS based upon this pattern and practice does not give me confidence. My doubts concerning their capacity to do so are enhanced by the news that the same Justice Department abused its own power in recent actions taken against reporters for the Associated Press.

We must insist upon a full accounting from Eric Holder and his Justice Department. His announcement on Tuesday that he had recused himself from the underlying matter is insufficient. The execution of a secret subpoena to obtain the phone records of AP reporters without any notification constitutes an unconstitutional abuse of power. It smacks of the tactics of a police state and not a democratic republic.   

If there is any silver lining in the cloud in these scandals, it is the fact that the Press has awakened to the serious nature of the tactics being used by this Administration. The questions posed to Presidential spokesman Jay Carney from reporters on both Monday and Tuesday, from media sources across the political spectrum, demonstrates that the sleeping giant has finally awakened. 

I watched Presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney do a horrible job on Monday May 13, 2013 and Tuesday, May 14, 2013, as he tried to defend the Administration's handling of these scandals. It would have been pitiful to watch, if the stakes were not so high. But they are and it was more than pitiful. It was offensive.

The President of the United States - whom Carney represents in these briefings - regularly referred to the fact that he was a constitutional lawyer during both of his political campaigns. He was quite fond of references to the fact that he taught constitutional law.

What is clear is that either this President was absent from his own classes when he addressed the First Amendment's Freedoms of Press, Association, Speech and the Free Exercise of Religion, or he simply has no respect for them.

His administration does not abide by the safeguards to liberty required of all elected officials. It is not enough for the President to say he was not aware of any of it. He either was, and he is not telling us the truth, or he was not, and he is doing a very poor job of leading the Nation. 

Now, let me be clear - as President Obama likes to say so often. The issues at stake in the behavior of the State Department, the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department are serious and consequential. They may be criminal. That is not something I am happy to write. My concerns do not come from the fact that I disagree with this Administration over many fundamental issues. I do.

Rather, they come from the reality that we are talking about the United States Constitution. No President, no United States Administration is above the Rule of Law. Among the numerous idiomatic phrases we use in common speech is the phrase "a house of cards". It refers to a structure, organization or enterprise which is weak and can easily come undone.  Is the Scandal Ridden Obama Administration Becoming a House of Cards?

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2016
Universal:
Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization: Holy Rosary: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

Obama proposes shocking $1.3 billion for illegal minors entering US Watch

Image of Children illegally cross the border from Mexico into the US (Breitbart Texas Release).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

With US President Barack Obama's plans to provide $17,613 for every illegal minor child entering America, the first six months of 2016 has seen a jump of 78 percent in unaccompanied minors crossing the Mexican-American border. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Romanian hacker, 'Guccifer' drops two NEW bombshells over Clinton email server Watch

Image of Guccifer has dropped two new revelations about Clinton's email server.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Fox News has interviewed the Romanian hacker, Guccifer, who claims it was easy to hack Hillary Clinton's email server and that others did so as well. Guccifer is being held in an American jail on unrelated hacking charges, but he agreed to speak exclusively to Fox ... continue reading


Too little too late: $75.5 million anti-Trump ads not enough Watch

Image of Who can stop Trump? Apparently, no one (Twitter).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Donald Trump has several critics, most of whom have invested in a $75.5 million anti-Trump campaign, but the American people have spoken and Donald Trump remains the last standing Republican nominee. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Donald Trump has been criticized ... continue reading


Hoosier Daddy: Trump wins Indiana in a Landslide Watch

Image of With Cruz out of the race, the nomination is in the bag for Trump (starcasm).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Donald Trump beat out Ted Cruz in Indiana's primary, leading Cruz to make a startling announcement and Kasich to drop out. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "I've said I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory; tonight I'm sorry to say it ... continue reading


ICE gets more money, deports fewer illegals. Where's the money going? Watch

Image of Illegal immigrants cross the border with little risk of repercussion.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Where is the money going? Congress continues to allocate money to get people who don't belong in our country back home, but deportations are dropping according to new numbers. So, where is the money going? LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Breitbart News has ... continue reading


New report finds religious freedom on the decline Watch

Image of Coptic Christians are among the most persecuted group in the world, and nobody is attempting to help them.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Religious freedom worldwide is "under serious and sustained assault." This finding is the work of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCRIF). LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - A new report which examines religious oppression around ... continue reading


'He deserves what he gets:' Latino youths violently protest Donald Trump in Orange County Watch

Image of Trump protestors broke out in a violent riot during his Orange County rally (Reuters).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Thousands attended Donald Trump's Orange County rally - then broke out in violent protest. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Trump rally in Costa Mesa's Orange County Amphitheater was overflowing with supporters. There were several supporters who couldn't fit ... continue reading


New White House rules leave religious groups open to government abuse Watch

Image of Religious groups question the government's new regulations (Shutterstock).

By Kevin J. Jones (CNA/EWTN News)

The Obama administration's new rule for faith-based partnerships has drawn various reactions: one observer warned they could cause problems for partnering religious groups, while another said the action also strengthens these groups' protections against government ... continue reading


EXCLUSIVE - America, King of Propaganda: U.S. government spends billions to spew LIES to the American people. And guess what you foolish Americans, Congress made it all perfectly legal without your vote Watch

Image of

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Have we won the ground war in Afghanistan? According to the government reports and the media, we sure have. However, this is not what one whistleblower has said, warning as early as 2012 that the American people are being deceived by the government. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Bill De Blasio's ongoing investigation scandal fails to stop him from new fundraising efforts Watch

Image of Mayor Bill de Blasio won't talk - but his staff will (Wikipedia).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's closest aides have been issued subpoenas to aid the investigation into his shady fundraising strategies. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The scandal surrounding de Blasio's fundraising has made headlines since 2014, when a leaked ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Daily Readings for Friday, May 06, 2016
  • Bl. Edward Jones: Saint of the Day for Friday, May 06, 2016
  • Daily Reading for Monday, May 9th, 2016 HD Video
  • 'The doctors were shocked': Conjoined twins share unusual bond
  • Historical Jubilee documents on display!
  • Daily Reading for Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 HD Video
  • The gruesome way scientists are killing unborn babies in school ...

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 18:9-18
9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision, 'Be fearless; speak out ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 47:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
2 For Yahweh, the Most High, is glorious, the great king over all the ... Read More

Gospel, John 16:20-23
20 'In all truth I tell you, you will be weeping and wailing while the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 6th, 2016 Image

Bl. Edward Jones
May 6: Blessed Edward Jones and Anthony Middleton, ... Read More