If you don’t like the law, you can always just ignore it

| June 18 2012
Hannah Thoreson

By now, you’re probably aware of the White House’s recent announcement that it will implement a scaled-back version of the DREAM Act through an executive order.  This news comes despite President Obama’s previous statement that he has to enforce immigration laws as written whether or not he agrees with them.

It’s debatable whether or not the actual policy the Obama Administration is pursuing is fair or prudent.  But what’s amazing about it is that it sets the precedent for the executive branch to stop enforcing any laws that the President doesn’t like.  America, now is the time to elect a President who doesn’t want:

  • Gun laws
  • Certain environmental regulations
  • Campaign finance laws
  • Most other finance laws
  • Laws banning internet gambling
  • Regulations prohibiting the distribution of propaganda on federal land
  • A ban on sales of original formula Four Loko
  • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Use your imagination!  If this precedent sticks, almost any law could be repealed through the powerful force of apathy and replaced with nothing.  It’s an appealing concept in an era where federal law codifies pizza as a vegetable and bans the incandescent light bulb.  Perhaps if the government would stop worrying about frivolous issues like whether or not grown adults are smoking flavored cigarettes, it would have the resources to police illegal immigration with a humane level of discretion instead of just giving up entirely.

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