This morning’s Prime Buzz reports that Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-4), stalwart defender of marriage as a strictly heterosexual right, has this to say about the president’s instructions to the DOJ to cease defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the courts:
President Obama’s decision to order his Justice Department to stop defending DOMA is not a surprise but it is disappointing,” Hartzler said.
“Once we start going down the road of selectively enforcing our laws we are headed for chaos. President Obama took an oath to uphold the laws of the United States and he is breaking his word to the American people …
The good citizens of the 4th Congressional District are expected to follow the law and President Obama should not put himself above the law.
Does anyone see what’s wrong with this? “To defend” is not the equivalent of “to enforce,” although Miss Vicky uses them interchangeably.
In fact, the Obama administration has in no way suggested not enforcing the law of the land, however mistaken it might be. Obama has, however, decided, like Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush before him, that that his administration should not join in the active defense of a law he deems logically indefensible. As Rick Ungar further elaborates:
In fact, as there exists a federal law requiring the President to inform Congress when the Department of Justice chooses not to support the constitutionality of a particular act of Congress, we know that this has happened thirteen times.
The legal justification for these actions has long been accepted law …
So all that remains to do is for somebody to volunteer to teach Vicky Hartzler how to parse English.