David Limbaugh
As we approach the Fourth of July and contemplate its glorious significance, recent events have brought into sharp relief the precarious condition of America's unique liberty tradition.

Our Constitution is the best written guarantor of human liberty in human history, but its safeguards do not make it completely bulletproof against systematic assaults undermining its integrity.

In a little more than three years in office, President Obama has distinguished himself as the Great Destroyer of our liberties through a comprehensive set of policies that are at war with the American idea and are succeeding in fundamentally transforming America, in fulfillment of Obama's promise.

Just in the past few weeks, we've witnessed multiple body blows against our freedoms, in areas ranging from immigration to "Fast and Furious" to Obamacare to the economy to race relations to state sovereignty to our very social compact itself.

We've just learned that in this poisonous political climate Obama has fostered, even Chief Justice John Roberts, conservatism's latest great hope for restoring America's high court to a posture of judicial restraint, has reportedly succumbed to liberal media and presidential bullying to undermine the Constitution in the name of protecting it.

After admitting he had no constitutional authority to change immigration law unilaterally, Obama issued an executive order effectively blocking deportation of so-called "Dreamers," as many as 800,000 young illegal immigrants. It's one thing for a president to act in an area over which Congress has authority but hasn't yet spoken. It's another for him to take executive action in direct derogation of Congress' explicit pronouncement -- such as its multiple rejections of the DREAM Act.

When Justice Roberts joined with the liberal justices on the Arizona immigration law case to validate Obama's war against that state -- and others -- for trying to protect its borders and preserve its state sovereignty, the gleeful, ball-spiking administration went to town. The Supreme Court obliterated three of the four provisions of the statute and emasculated the only one it did uphold by extracting its enforcement teeth.

Obama lurched into immediate action to rub Arizona's nose in the dirt. It broke seven cooperative agreements with local law enforcement authorities to police illegal immigration; it announced that the Department of Homeland Security would severely limit the cases in which it would enforce the law; and it established a hotline and encouraged citizens to tattle on law enforcement officers for any instances of racial profiling. It is despicable for the federal government to turn citizens against their states and gin up racial tensions in the process.

David Limbaugh

David Limbaugh, brother of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, is an expert on law and politics. He recently authored the New York Times best-selling book: "Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel."

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