Obama's just signed another executive order - and this one's PERVERTED - Allen B. West
We live in a constitutional republic. At least that’s what we’re intended to have, but if we’re not careful it will morph into a constitutional monarchy. In a constitutional republic, the rule of law is preeminent, along with individual sovereignty and the government operates with the consent of the governed. In a constitutional monarchy, the people are ruled by edict emanating from the executive, who casts himself above the rule of law. And this is where we have devolved in these Obama years: rule by executive order, memoranda, and bureaucratic fiat — we are not being governed.
And just like the recent EPA regulations on energy based on climate change assertions, we have another Obama edict with which we must contend.
As reported by Fox News, “President Obama on Monday announced a new executive order that prevents federal agencies from making job-applicants reveal they have a criminal record as part of his overall criminal justice reform effort.
The so-called “drop the box” initiative would allow prospective employees not to check a box on some federal applications that acknowledges a criminal record.
“It is relevant to find out if somebody has a criminal record,” Obama said at an event in Newark, N.J. “I’m not suggesting ignore it. I’m suggesting that when it comes to applications, give folks a chance to get through the door.”
The president said 19 states and major U.S. companies such as Koch Industries, Target and Walmart have already removed the question from applications, and he urged Congress to pass legislation to expand the effort. “My hope is this becomes a basic principle across our society,” said Obama, whose Democratic two-term presidency ends in just 14 months. New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed such legislation into law last year. Criminal justice reform has gotten bipartisan support on Capitol Hill from Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the chamber’s Judiciary Committee, and Kentucky’s Rand Paul, a 2016 presidential candidate. New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker is among congressional Democrats supporting such reform.”
Here is my first problem with this little edict. There are consequences to breaking laws and instead of trying to create some social utopian happy-land, perhaps we should make people more accountable and responsible for their actions.
We are shifting the responsibility to others in some perverted effort to advance “social justice.” Let me provide an example: does this new executive order mean someone can apply to teach at a Department of Defense School, have a criminal record for being a child sexual predator, and not be compelled to reveal it on his job application? Does this mean someone seeking employment with the Department of Veterans Affairs doesn’t have to disclose a criminal record of fraud and embezzlement? Well, as a second thought, based on the recent House VA hearing where the two agency employees pleaded the fifth multiple times, we already have criminals working in the VA.
Everyone wants to throw a big pity party for those who have committed offenses and have a criminal record. What about the law-abiding citizens who may have no idea who will be working beside them? I’m all for someone having a second chance, if they’ve earned it. But it’s not incumbent on others to dismiss and make excuses for the crimes you’ve committed. As the song goes, “don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time”…