Ken Blackwell

That counter criticism deserves an answer. We do, indeed, vociferously denounce Supreme Court rulings that are incorrect, unjust, and cruel. We would put Roe v. Wade, which has brought about 55,000,000 deaths,at the head of our list. But we know how to conduct our opposition.

President Reagan used his State of the Union Addresses to appeal for the lives of unborn children. He eloquently said, in his 1986 State of the Union Address that “abortion is a wound in America’s soul.” But he did not use that occasion to lambaste the Justices seated silently before him.

Rather, President Reagan treated the Supreme Court with great respect. He ordered his Solicitor General, Rex Lee, to climb the steps of the Supreme Court with a formal petition calling upon the high court to correct its ruling in Roe v. Wade.

Even when his strongest convictions were offended by what the Court had done, even when he viewed the matter at hand as vital to the life of the nation, Ronald Reagan treated our courts with the highest respect.

President Reagan knew that if he fostered disrespect for law and for our free institutions of government, he would sow the wind. He did not want us Americans to reap the whirlwind.

Not so, President Obama. His arrogant and offensive behavior toward the Supreme Court of the United States on that grim, dark evening of January 27, 2010 was the opening gun in the race to crush his opponents.

It was not a great stretch for middle level bureaucrats at IRS to see that they would please this president if they made life miserable for his opponents. And they did.

Rather than the elected Chief Magistrate of a free people, President Obama acted that night more like an angry monarch lashing out. The story of King Henry II of England is useful here. King Henry was outraged that Thomas Beckett, his handpicked Archbishop of Canterbury, was defying him on the selection of priests and bishops. The king loudly denounced the Archbishop in his own circle. Over a late night dinner, the king cried out: “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?”

King Henry’s barons gathered around his table took the hint. They entered Canterbury Cathedral and cut down Thomas Beckett, killing him as he stood at the altar of God.

No one believes that President Obama countenances anything as dire as that. But it is the Obama Ethos we need to consider when we look into the IRS’s abuses of power in the suppressing Obama’s political opposition.

That speech to the nation in 2010 showed that President Obama was willing to trash our history and our institutions. He didn’t ask his cohorts to rid him of any meddlesome priests. But the IRS did go after the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The time to stop abuse of power is before it comes to this point.


Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at Townhall.com, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
 
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