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Message from the President: Restoring a Government of Laws after Obama Has Trampled on the Constitution
-Ms. Cleta Mitchell

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Ms. Cleta Mitchell
The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) recalled that President John Adams once articulated that ours is a “government of laws, not of men.” However, President Obama does not see it that way. Our current president seeks only to advance his political agenda, irrespective of whether he has the legitimate authority to do so. That’s why the RNLA selected “Restoring a Government of Laws: The Constitution v. The Obama Administration” as the theme of our 2012 National Policy Conference. Of the many ways Obama has ignored the rule of law, let’s take a few recent examples:

In December, the Department of Justice denied preclearance of the South Carolina voter identification law. The RNLA pointed out then the flaws in the DOJ’s hasty denial of preclearance, which involved use of inaccurate statistics and meritless claims. Instead of faithfully upholding the law, the Justice Department presented a holiday gift to the president’s political supporters by preventing legitimate reforms from taking effect.

In January, Obama made appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on January 4th. RNLA Vice Chair Charles Cooper later testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that “the recess appointments at issue exceeded the President’s constitutional authority.” Obama (with an after-the-fact poorly written defense by his Justice Department) claimed that the appointments were legitimate recess appointments even though the Senate was holding a pro forma session. What happened to advice and consent, Mr. Obama?

In February, the Obama administration finalized a Health and Human Services mandate that gravely infringes upon free exercise of religion protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. As former Reagan attorney general Edwin Meese, III said, “The recent attack on religious liberty by the Obama administration is typical of, and follows, numerous other assaults on the Constitution…This is an example of one of the greatest attempts at the shredding of the Constitution in our history.” Read this article by RNLA member Horace Cooper about how the HHS mandate is unconstitutional.

Then, just days ago, the Obama Justice Department denied preclearance of Texas’ voter ID law. Just like South Carolina, the Texas decision was based on inaccurate statistics and outrageous, false claims.

With each passing month we have seen a grave departure by this Administration – and his political appointees across the government -- from the rule of law. What’s next?

These topics of great concern will be addressed the upcoming National Policy Conference, held on April 20, 2012 at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Building in Washington, D.C. We have a slate of amazing speakers such as former Secretary of Homeland of Security under George W. Bush, Michael Chertoff. If you believe that we should have a government of laws, join us.

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