The U.S. Constitution specifies that the president of the United States "shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Americans pride themselves on being a nation of laws, not of men, so here are some suggestions for our government to faithfully enforce our laws.
Every year, Congress appropriates enormous amounts of taxpayer money to colleges and universities over and above subsidies for the tuition of individual students. Most colleges and universities are run by very left-wing administrators and professors who are anti-military and sometimes even anti-American, so some of the elite universities decided to bar U.S. military recruiters from coming to their campus to recruit students for our armed services.
In 1994, Congress passed the Solomon Amendment to condition federal funding to colleges on their fair treatment of military recruiters. As the sponsor, the late Rep. Gerald Solomon, R-N.Y., said, "If you do not like the armed forces ... that is your First Amendment right.
But don't expect federal dollars to support your interference with our military recruiters."
Left-wing universities have been trying ever since to evade this law, and they finally found some activist judges to help them circumvent it. A three-judge panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeals recently ruled 2-1 to block enforcement of the Solomon Amendment.
These supremacist judges seem to believe they can rule supreme over the other two branches of government and create a new right to receive taxpayers' money without obeying the legal conditions on that money. As the dissenting judge said, these judges simply "created new law, totally unsupported by binding precedent."
It's the duty of the president to order the Justice Department to use its full legal powers to defend this good law. Congress should rally to enthusiastic support of the Solomon Amendment by cutting off generous grants to anti-military colleges and universities, because it is well established that Congress can put conditions on the spending of taxpayer money.
The advocates of legalizing marijuana have been placing ads in public buses and subways to promote the legalization of this dangerous drug. Public transportation is another recipient of large sums of taxpayers' money every year.
Congress has often put strings on taxpayer money spent for transportation purposes.
Congress passed laws to cut off highway funds to any state that declined to enforce a seat belt law or the 55 mph speed limit, and also to force all states to raise the drinking age to 21.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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