To the editor:
In the last few months the federal government — notably the executive branch and justice department — appear to be trampling on states’ rights with increasing fervor. The overarching arrogance of this hopelessly misguided president and his even more misguided “water boy” attorney general seems to know no bounds. Much of this seems to have started when President Obama — with absolutely no standing in the matter — weighed in on the tragic Travon Martin case even before the murder trial started, apparently convinced it was a racial matter needing his pre-trial guidance.
Following this mindless intrusion — and a generally acknowledged fair jury trial — Eric Holder’s justice department felt compelled to challenge established Florida law regarding self defense in confrontational situations. After this “helpful” federal guidance, established Texas law seemed to be next on the administration’s “hit list,” and then recently, the Daily Journal reported the latest justice department intrusion — this time challenging Louisiana’s state educational system with the bizarre claim that somehow its voucher system unravels several decades of desegregation progress.
The lunacy of this administration’s arrogant posturing would be laughable if it wasn’t such an outrageous attack on the constitutional right of individual states to make laws and manage affairs beyond the province of the federal government. This is truly a dangerous and out-of-control federal executive branch.
David A. Nealy