They should follow Obama’s lead and hold press conferences to say, “We can’t wait” for Congress to act (the way they wish), so they will act in Congress’ stead.
And, yes, all of this would be both dangerous and absurd.
Those who are complaining about the sheriffs are correct. The Daily Kos is correct to assert that government officials should be “servants of the law,” not its masters.
But why are they surprised? When this kind of conduct comes from the top, it trickles down. That is the really dangerous, frightening thing.
It is not just that the president decided, on his own, that he would not enforce laws on immigration, marriage and other issues that he had sworn an oath to uphold. He won’t even enforce the law he fought to pass – his signature health care law.
By most estimates, Obama has now modified that law at least 14 times without the consent of Congress. While he and his acolytes regularly remind opponents of Obamacare that it is “settled law,” they ignore, delay or modify its provisions to grant waivers to favored groups or delay any that are politically inconvenient.
One of the most recent – and mind boggling – was the announcement that those with canceled insurance plans would now be allowed to buy cheaper, so-called “catastrophic” plans - the exact kinds of plans that that have been banned by the law and ridiculed as “substandard.”
In this country, the rule has always been: If you don’t like the law, work to change it. The president and his party have changed that to: If you don’t like the law, ignore it.
They can’t really blame the sheriffs for following their example.
Taylor Armerding is an independent columnist. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org