Pixel Tracker

Sunday, March 24 , 2019, 3:17 pm | A Few Clouds 63º

 
 
 
 

Letter to the Editor: The Rule of Law

Do Americans understand the difference between a democracy and a dictatorship? A democracy operates by the rule of law, a dictatorship operates by fiat of the dictator. Sadly, President Obama, as well as the American public, seem unconcerned about this.

According to the Constitution, it is the president's job to execute laws and Congress's job to write laws. Is this true today? No.

Instead, we see an over-reaching president bypass Congress, as he executes, rewrites, extends or selectively picks parts of laws to support. Some examples include immigration, the health-care law, recess appointments, etc. Furthermore, his head of the Department of Justice recently told state attorneys general to ignore laws passed by the people, and the IRS has been used to target groups with opposing views.

The separation of powers is supposed to protect us from the rise of a dictator. It is a system of government where three branches have defined and limited powers. If one gets out of control, the others act. This is not what is happening today. This is especially true today, as Obama is ignoring, postponing and manipulating the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in order to influence or rig the 2014 elections.

What effect will President Obama's have on America? His legacy will be that he set in place the blueprint for turning our republic into a dictatorship. Unfortunately, he is succeeding due to public apathy, a corrupt Congress and a shortsighted judiciary. Does anyone care?

The rule of law is very important, because it is the only thing that separates us from a dictatorship. Wake up, America.

Diana Thorn
Carpinteria

Support Noozhawk Today!

Our professional journalists work tirelessly to report on local news so you can be more informed and engaged in your community. This quality, local reporting is free for you to read and share, but it's not free to produce.

You count on us to deliver timely, relevant local news, 24/7. Can we count on you to invest in our newsroom and help secure its future?

We provide special member benefits to show how much we appreciate your support.

Email
I would like give...
Great! You're joining as a Red-Tailed Hawk!
  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.