- The Washington Times - Friday, January 15, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Thank you for two excellent Jan. 7 columns, “Constitutionally unhealthy ‘reform’ ” (Editorial), and Kim R. Holmes’ “Response to airliner attack: The legal theater of the absurd” (Nation).

Your writers are right on target, for indeed, a so-called legal theater of the absurd is in progress - but with some illegal violations of the Constitution by the Obama administration.

I suggest a solution using our constitutional rights as the crucial guidelines for taking the actions necessary to save our country. We can use our legal doctrine to prosecute those who are violating the oath they took to uphold the law of our land. That includes our commander in chief as well as some of our senators and other congressional leaders.

The Constitution states in Amendment 14, Section 1: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Other states and their residents have been deprived because of the Medicaid bribes offered to Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson by the Obama administration in order to get his vote. This is illegal.

Also, the behind-closed-door decisions that have been made and the denial of transparency for the Republican Party before reading all of the reform bill, before it even was finished or passed, violates equal protection for all American citizens. This, as your editorial pointed out, is a grave violation of the “separation of powers between states.” It is an abrogation of individual freedom when the government dictates mandatory health insurance purchase for every individual - whether it is needed or wanted.

It not only is outrageous but undermines our security to try terrorists by a civil court rather than by a military tribunal and to transfer enemy combatants from Guantanamo Bay to U.S. jails (one in Illinois that is only about 20 miles from a nuclear plant). Merely pretending enemy combatants have the same rights as “ordinary criminals” violates our constitutional Amendment 14, Section 3, which states: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof, but Congress may by a vote of two thirds of each House, remove such disability.”

I argue that the above-mentioned actions of the Obama administration and its homeland security operatives border on giving aid and comfort to the enemy. But I don’t only blame the president. Where are the voices of his senators? Where are our Republican senators and other congressional leaders in objecting to these constitutional abuses?

We have to act quickly through legal legislative channels. We still can still be that “shining city” upon the hill for the rest of the world, but not by allowing a coup to take over our government in the name of diversity and change while we become sitting ducks for the next Sept. 11.

BARBARA ANN BLOOM

Owings Mills, Md.

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