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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obama’s actions, not court’s, unprecedented

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Never before in my lifetime had I heard of a U.S. president publicly criticizing the "unelected" members of the United States Supreme Court, or trying to influence the court's decision-making - until recently, that is ("Obama at home in D.C.'s fetid swamp," Commentary, Monday).

Mr. Obama said if the court overturned his signature act, Obamacare, which was passed by the Democrat-dominated Senate in the dead of night on Christmas Eve 2009, such an act would be "unprecedented." That a sitting president would attempt to dissuade, threaten or influence the Supreme Court after the hearings have concluded - on a decision that is of vital importance to all Americans - is what is unprecedented.

Mr. Obama also chastised the Supreme Court during a State of the Union address when he attacked the justices on their decision regarding campaign-finance reform. The court, along with the legislative branch, is a check on the president of the United States. Mr. Obama has no right to interfere with its work.

Further, that Justice Elena Kagan, the former U.S. solicitor general for Mr. Obama who helped craft the health care law, has not recused herself on this issue shows this administration's blatant disregard for our laws. How is it that Justice Kagan has not recused herself from the health care mandate deliberations?

Sad but true, this president has no regard for the law or for the U.S. Constitution. He is the most partisan and divisive president in recent American history, trampling our Constitution and calling people who don't agree with him the enemy. On Nov. 6, we need to give him a taxpayer-paid, one-way ticket back to Chicago.

LORRAINE RYAN

Berwyn Heights

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