Mario Diaz

Most reasonable people can understand why President Obama felt extremely confident after his victory just a year ago. No one can dispute that he defied enormous odds to become the 44th President of the United States. But the arrogance permeating throughout his entire Administration — from the President down — has really taken everyone by surprise.

On Tuesday night, it even surprised them. It would be difficult to overstate the significance of the Brown victory in Massachusetts. And we can only hope that it will cause this Administration to pause and remember that they were put in power to serve the people, not to impose their radical views on them.

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Of course, we all know they ignored the majority of Americans by passing the “bailout” bills and when they made outrageous “back room deals” to pass ObamaCare, but these are not the only examples. President Obama’s recent re-nomination of Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel is yet another example of this cancer of arrogance eating the Administration from within.

Johnsen is an extremely radical nominee whose views are light years away from those of most Americans. Her views on national security issues, for example, are extremely troubling. She has advocated for the extension of constitutional rights to terrorists captured in war and has suggested we not use words like “war” when talking about the Constitution and the war on terror because “war has a long history of specialized constitutional meaning.”

Her views on abortion are even more radical. Johnsen has been a strong advocate of the use of public funds to pay for abortions, something most Americans deplore. In Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, Johnsen fought a Missouri law prohibiting the use of public funds to “encourage or counsel” a woman to have an abortion. She argued:

Statutes that curtail [a woman’s] abortion choice are disturbingly suggestive of involuntary servitude, prohibited by the Thirteenth Amendment, in that forced pregnancy requires a woman to provide continuous physical service to the fetus in order to further the state’s asserted interest.

Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League, recently reiterated his organization’s opposition to Johnsen, reminding us that in the late 1980s she joined a suit to strip the Catholic Church of its tax exempt status because of its “strong pro-life position.”


Mario Diaz

Mario Diaz is the Policy Director for Legal Issues at Concerned Women for America.

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