Letters to the editor, April 7
TBO.comPolitical gamesmanship by Obama
Published: April 7, 2012
Published: April 7, 2012
It looks like a case of political gamesmanship at it's finest by creating the atmosphere to have mob-rule opinion take over in a Presidential election.
What better way to make the candidate look like a hero with his followers than to attack the decision before it becomes public, just in case it's not favorable.
If you're wondering what decision – it's the U.S. Supreme Court decision on President Barrack Obama's health care law due out in June.
Obama has come out swinging by saying, "a Supreme Court rejection would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress."
Apparently, three branches of government are two too many for Obama. He has taken it upon himself to attack 200-plus years of legal scholars who believe the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.
As a law professor, Obama has conveniently side-stepped the very case that made the Supreme Court the arbiter between the President and Congress to decide what laws are constitutional in America.
In the case of Marbury v. Madison, the judicial branch gained equal power with the executive and legislative branches of government in our country. Thus, a system of checks and balance was born to protect our Constitution.
Reverence should be shown to all nine Justices on the Supreme Court especially from our President and our Congress. But Obama has quite literally taken it upon himself to be the judge and jury of decisions made by SCOTUS. e openly attacked members of the Supreme Court for their decision on Citizens United vs. FEC in a State of the Union Address.
Obama's public attacks are unprecedented for a sitting president – unprecedented because he knows SCOTUS doesn't get involved with political mudslinging. The high court just has way too much class which is something Obama seems to lack in his character.
Discrediting the messenger has become the hallmark of the Obama administration. They are quick to blame others without ever standing up for the truth in our country. It's sad when the President needs to stoop so low to gain public favor.
Federal Appeals Court Judge Jerry Smith called the President's words into question by demanding the Justice Department respond to his court with a 3-page brief – a brief explaining the position of the Department of Justice and the President's opinion about the ability of judges to determine the constitutionality of laws.
It looks like Judge Smith just called check-mate to Obama's political gamesmanship to sway public opinion about the ability of SCOTUS.
Anna Liisa Covell
Can't we all just get along
What kind of stimulus do the shop owners and people of downtown Brooksville want?
Now there is the biggest thing to happen to Brooksville is coming in May and everyone seems to be throwing roadblocks and complaints concerning everything the Florida Blueberry Festival is trying to do.
I would think that having thousands of people bused into downtown would be the greatest thing to ever happen. But the only thing some seemed to be concerned with is if someone might want to load a piece of furniture, pick up printing, or maybe come down to pick up or buy a prom dress and can not due to the road being blocked for the event.
What happened to saying, "You know the festival will be this weekend so you might want to plan to pick up or buy before Friday afternoon or on Monday.
As far as the tennis courts, those people according to them do not even live in downtown Brooksville and do not want to concede anything to get along. Makes me wonder is it just the inconvenience and concern of not getting back the courts in the same condition, or are some of the more outspoken profiting financially by charging for lessons on a free court and do not want to give that up for 10 days to two weeks?
I know that a number of the country clubs let the high school teams us their courses and pools for free, so I am sure they would consent to let them use their courts for a few weeks, but not for someone to charge for lessons.
Come on Brooksville get on the "Band Wagon!" We could make this just as big as the Plant City Strawberry Festival! The Department of Agriculture has already named us the Blueberry Festival of Florida.