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Playing Imagine If

10 Jan

Jay G. posits the following “What If?” scenario:

Okay, here’s the scenario: It’s very late 2004. George W. Bush has just been re-elected over John F. Kerry, when a series of high-profile late-term abortions performed solely for shock value cause religious conservatives all over the country to agitate for action. Using the argument that late-term abortions are not needed, they push for something to be done. Attempting to placate his base, Vice President Cheney goes into a closed-door meeting with the National Right To Life organization and comes out with this statement:

WASHINGTON — President Bush is planning a comprehensive effort to pass legislation and use executive orders to prevent late-term abortions, representatives of about a dozen pro-life organizations were told Wednesday at a White House meeting.

Could you imagine the unholy s**tstorm that would have ensued?

It’s a fair question and it boils down to one question: Does the President of the United States of America have the constitutional authority to void a specific, enumerated right via executive order?

Does the President of the United States have the constitutional authority to void freedom of the press, or the free exercise of religion? To force you to house military personnel (or other government workers), or to search and seize your property without a warrant?

I hope you answered “no” to these questions. If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then you need a lesson in US Constitution 101.

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