Investor's Business Daily
February 10, 2011
The Law: Leftists' regard for the law has been low and loose since the 1960s, but Democrats are now taking it into uncharted territory as they defy judicial rulings at state and federal levels. Is the U.S. ruled by men or by laws?
Citing "clear and convincing evidence," a U.S. district court judge a week ago held the Obama administration's Interior Department in contempt for continuing to enforce a moratorium on oil drilling after he told the department it had no right to do so.
"Each step the government took following the court's imposition of a preliminary injunction showcases its defiance," Judge Martin Feldman found.
Ordinarily there are consequences for such defiance. But this administration fears nothing because there's simply no precedent for a government trampling the law with such apparent impunity.
It's not just the judge's ruling on drilling that draws attention. There's a growing pattern of lawlessness.