I will be the first to defend one’s right to protest. The First Amendment protects our ability to speak freely and assemble. Yet, there seems to be a problem with the First Amendment that the Framers failed to address. It doesn’t protect the speaker from making a total fool of themselves as the women’s rights protesters discovered.
You see, the only thing all these women, who gathered en masse and converged on Washington, managed to accomplish was to show the world they don’t have the first clue as to how our constitutional republic was designed to work. The Constitution defines a separation of powers, three coequal branches of government that counterbalance each other. As we all learned in grade school, Congress has sole authority to make laws. The President’s responsibility is to ensure that the laws be faithfully enforced. The President, no matter who resides in the oval office, has limited constitutional power to affect his will upon the country, assuming the President is operating within the boundaries set by the Constitution which I will touch on later.
But there is a more important principle that these women’s rights protesters have obviously failed to grasp. Perhaps a review of short missive known as “The Declaration of Independence” will enlighten them. The pertinent passage states, “they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights.”
Ladies, let me school you as to what that means. Rights are not a product of men (or women) no matter who they are or what position they have attained. You possess rights by virtue of your very existence. And if your rights did not come from the President, or Congress, or the Supreme Court (although several justices believe they have the power to create and convey rights), then they cannot be taken from you by these mere mortals. They are unalienable.
So now that we have established that the hissy-fit you displayed had nothing to do with rights and everything to do with the fact that the anointed one, your sister, the presumptive first woman president lost the election, it is obvious you were merely having a temper tantrum about the results. Which is fine, as voicing your dismay actually is a right. But don’t try to portray this rally as some high-minded defense of first principles. Because that is just a gigantic heap of BS.
Perhaps one of you Constitutional scholars, dressed up like women’s genitalia, can explain to me exactly what rights you think are in danger. You can read through the Bill of Rights and not find one that Trump has the power to affect, although many would have been better off if their speech had been curtailed. Let me take a wild stab at one of the signs I saw so that we have a platform for discussion. Some think their right to health care is in danger?
Your first mistake is, there is no “right” to health care. A true right can only exist if in exercising that right you are not violating the rights of another individual. Health care is a service that has a cost associated with it. When paid for with tax dollars, it violates the property rights of those taxpayers who are financing the health services of the beneficiaries (Fifth Amendment, nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation). No just compensation is returned to the taxpayer when paying for someone else’s health care. And since a make-believe right does not supersede a legitimate right codified in the Constitution, health care is not a right.
Perhaps I shouldn’t be so harsh. We have all just lived through eight years of Obama doing exactly what they are accusing Trump of planning to do. Obama’s total disregard for the Constitution and the rule of law was unprecedented.
Let me remind you lest we forget Obama’s promise to use his phone and his pen to blatantly violate the strictures of the Constitution and legislate by executive fiat. Obama proclaimed that “when Congress won’t act, I will.” These actions are contradictory to the Constitution’s checks and balances that inhibit the President’s ability to become an autocrat.
Perhaps a review of some of the highlights is in order.
Former President Obama ignored the plain language of our laws with a zeal not displayed since the days of Woodrow Wilson and FDR. He repeatedly ignored provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. According to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement report, in 2015 alone, 19,723 criminal aliens accounting for 64,197 convictions were release to walk our streets. These included 8,234 violent convictions and 208 homicide convictions. These releases are a result of the Obama administration’s catch and release policy which included ordering federal agents to lie about the impact of this initiative as part of a broader Obama administration effort to protect illegal aliens
Obama continually violated the Affordable Care Act by arbitrarily changing the law without Congressional approval. He illegally delayed the individual mandate for two years, illegally granted businesses a waiver from Obamacare’s employer mandate, illegally delayed the Obamacare caps on out-of-pocket healthcare payments, and illegally delayed Obamacare verification of eligibility for healthcare subsidies. The letter of the law meant nothing to Obama.
The Obama Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious allowed more than 2,500 firearms to be purchased and trafficked by known Mexican cartel members and then Obama refused to comply with congressional subpoenas about the operation. This lead to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry who was killed in a firefight by a Fast and Furious gun. It was later discovered that Fast and Furious was merely a ploy to build evidence that additional gun control was needed.
Obama implemented a moratorium on offshore drilling without legal authority and ignored federal courts repeated rulings against his actions.
After Congress killed a bill that would have created a national cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions, Obama bypassed Congress by instructing the EPA, via the 1500 page Clean Power Plan, make cap and trade the default mechanism for compliance.
Obama made illegal “recess” appointments when Congress wasn’t in recess and then ignored the rulings of three federal courts that held those nominations unconstitutional.
I could go on and on as I’ve seen lists that top 100 violations of his oath of office to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States. So if Trump oversteps his authority to the dismay of all these genitalia clad women, they only have Obama to thank for setting the precedent. Where were these rights protestors when Obama was trashing the Constitution and rule of law? Why weren’t they converging on Washington then? Exactly! That is why they all look so hypocritical and foolish and it is impossible to take anything they spew seriously.
Area resident Jack Loesch is a longtime teacher at the University of Akron. Read his website at www.TorchnFork.info. He may be reached at: TorchNFork@frontier.com