- - Sunday, February 1, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch stated in her confirmation hearing this week that she believes the “right to work is shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here” (“Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch defends Obama immigration policies,” Web, Jan. 28). Ponder that for a moment. It’s quite remarkable, probably even to those who, like me, are for reasonable and bipartisan immigration reform.

If that statement in and of itself doesn’t disqualify Ms. Lynch for the position of the country’s prospective chief law-enforcement officer, I don’t know what could. I have nothing against Ms. Lynch, honest. She appears capable on paper and at a minimum would likely be an enormous upgrade over the current attorney general. But what is going on when this type of politically correct pabulum is allowed to go largely unchallenged except by partisans? To be fair, it isn’t new. In fact, it’s the perspective of almost all Democratic politicians — despite the fact that roughly 60 percent of the populace disagrees.

Is there a word more overused or misused by President Obama and his minions than “right?” Thank goodness the president wasn’t around in 1789 or we might have 1,000 rather than 10 enumerated “rights” as amendments to the Constitution. The grand irony, of course, is that the Founding Fathers intended the Bill of Rights to guarantee personal freedoms and limit government power — the exact opposite of what we get every time Team Obama invents another “right.”

Words just don’t seem to matter anymore. It’s now a “right” for individuals who have entered the country illegally to not only stay here, but to have jobs and be entitled to all of our various benefits and services. A head can explode trying to process the implications of that rather grand assertion. By that logic, if one were to sneak into Ms. Lynch’s home, I suppose it would be deemed acceptable for him to stay there, eat Ms. Lynch’s food, sleep in Ms. Lynch’s bed, perhaps even take Ms. Lynch’s job.

How about if you’re able to penetrate security at the Super Bowl? Surely that should earn you the “right” to a seat for the game, correct?



This is all nonsense but, unfortunately, it will continue as long as we have a media that’s in the tank and a citizenry that’s in equal measure apathetic and gullible. In law a man is supposed to be guilty when he violates the rights of others. So Mr. Obama, you have the “right” to remain silent.

CHUCK DIETRICK

Pittsburgh, Pa.

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