Letters to the Editor

Speech was great a ‘show-and-tell’

I caught President Obama’s latest plea for gun control on TV recently. It reminded me of a bit of the elementary school classroom activity “show and tell.”

The White House brings folks in from around the country with a common interest; in this instance gun control. Then add presidential pomp and circumstance and you’ve got a made-for-TV event.

I felt sorry for those folks that had to stand for his over-37-minute speech. I guess the “stand behind our leader” image would be lost had they been afforded chairs.

Obama prefaced his promised executive actions by saying, “I taught constitutional law, I know a little bit about this.” He’s apparently forgotten lessons on “separation of powers” and “checks and balances.”

Constitution framers designed the system to ensure that no branch would hold too much power and that issues of public policy and welfare would be given comprehensive consideration before any action was taken.

How much have his constitutional views changed since his transition from academia to the Oval Office? Is he practicing what he once preached?

In his speech he quoted everyone from Martin Luther King to Ronald Reagan. He overlooked a great quote by another U.S. President, Teddy Roosevelt who said, “No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.”

Bill Malec, O’Fallon