- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The United States is renowned for its freedom, democratic values and respect for the rule of law. That is, it was until Barack Obama became president (“Not above the law,” Commentary, March 9).

The Obama administration has displayed a clear pattern in the brazen disregard of bondholder rights in the nationalization of a good portion of the private sector’s automobile industry, the blatant neglect of federal Judge Martin L.C. Feldman’s order to end the drilling moratorium it imposed after the Gulf oil spill, and the Department of Justice’s refusal to prosecute the radical New Black Panthers who terrorized voters in Philadelphia. The latest disregard of a de facto injunction on the implementation of Obamacare by brave and lucid District Court Judge Roger Vinson is the greatest defiance of all.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. shares the same moral compass as his boss. They are on a mission to reshape our country to comport with their anti-American vision. This is neither an accident nor a mistake. It is a hard-core ideology that these gentlemen hold dearly.

Herein is the essence of the confrontation: Until the voters remove this administration, we will be forced to battle these intrusions into our time-tested system. Ultimately, it will be visionaries like Judge Vinson who will hold the line for decency and common sense.

ROBERT F. AGOSTINELLI

London