March 5, 2011

IBD on ObamaCare, and a Mark Levin ‘I Told You So’ (Update: Ohio AG Mike DeWine Campaign Site Content Inaccessible)

Here’s the relevant portion of a Friday evening Investors Business Daily editorial:

Thursday … U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson gave the Obama administration seven days to file a motion to appeal or seek an expedited appeal at the U.S. Circuit or Supreme Court level.

Vinson is the Florida judge who on Jan. 31 ruled the act unconstitutional. The White House said it would appeal the decision, but it clearly chose not to so it could drag out the legal process. Administration officials simply ignored the judge’s order to cease implementation of the law, and Vinson called them on it.

In Thursday’s 20-page opinion, an agitated Vinson chastised Justice Department lawyers for delaying their motion asking him to clarify his original ruling.

“It was not expected that they would effectively ignore the order and declaratory judgment for 2 1/2 weeks, continue to implement the act, and only then file a belated motion to ‘clarify,’” Vinson wrote.

Once again, the judge is expecting the administration to comply with his orders. Should it fail to satisfy his requirements within the seven-day window, it should be hauled back into court and dealt with seriously. Contempt for the law is a grave matter.

This was Mark Levin, shortly after Vinson’s original ruling:

The judge said, “This is a declaratory judgment,” finding the entire statute unconstitutional, (saying in effect) “I don’t have to issue an injunction. The government can’t impose an unconstitutional statute on the nation.”

I said that if the administration failed to follow the law, then it was lawless.

… This (ruling) is a de facto injunction issued by a federal judge, and they cannot pretend that it hasn’t been done, and play so ruthlessly with the rule of law.

… They don’t get to enforce what they want, and ignore what they want … Either the court has the final say or it doesn’t, and if does, there’s nothing else to say.

Barack Obama today, the Attorney General of the United States, the Secretary of HHS today, are conducting themselves in a lawless fashion. It is they, it is they who are leading opposition to the United States Constitution. … It is they who are disregarding our universal values. It is they.

Judge Vinson has called out the Obama administration for its “implementation will continue” lawlessness. His action vindicates Levin’s post-ruling interpretation.

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Related: From all appearances, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was not involved in responding to Judge Vinson’s request to the state attorneys general for comments on the administration’s self-evidently dishonest request for “clarification.”

His name not be on the “Plaintiffs’ Memorandum in Opposition to Defendants’ Motion to Clarify

His web site has issued no news releases relating to Obamacare since the original late-January ruling.

Yes, other state AGs among the 26 involved are not listed. But Mike DeWine is the only one who premised his entire election campaign on a promise not to “stay on the sidelines.”

By adding Ohio’s name to the list of states contesting the law, DeWine basically went into the game for one play, and then came out. Ever since, he’s been riding the pine. Unless he can demonstrate otherwise, Mike DeWine’s continued inaction represents a broken promise made to the people of Ohio.

Related II: The content of Mike DeWine’s campaign web site has either been taken down or made inaccessible. The “issues page” link now goes to a login page. The link two paragraphs above is to a copy of the “Issues” page saved by yours truly. Shades of Ted Strickland;s 2007 scrub?

Positivity: Pope expresses gratitude for retiring Maronite Patriarch

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:04 am

From Beirut:

Mar 3, 2011 / 12:39 am

Pope Benedict XVI has written a personal letter to the retiring Cardinal Patriarch of Lebanon’s Maronite Catholic Church, thanking him for his “service for the greater glory of God and the good of all his faithful.”

On Feb. 26, the 90-year-old Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir of Antioch retired from his position as the leader of more than three million Maronite Catholics. He has served as a bishop for 50 years – 25 of them as his Church’s patriarch – and as a priest for 60 years.

Although the outgoing patriarch – like most of the Maronite faithful – resides in Lebanon, difficulties in his homeland transformed his ministry into a global one. Pope Benedict took note of the fact in his letter, recalling how war had dispersed some Maronite Catholics throughout the world.

“You started this noble ministry of the Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites in the turmoil of the war that bloodied Lebanon for too many years,” he wrote, referring to the civil war that lasted from 1975 to 1990. “With the ardent desire for peace for your country, you have driven this Church and traveled the world to comfort your people forced to emigrate.”

The Pope recalled how Patriarch Sfeir was chosen, in April of 1986, to lead one of the oldest Christian communities in existence. The Maronite Church, unlike most of the other Eastern Catholic Churches, was never formally separated from communion with the Holy See. Their primary liturgical language, Aramaic, is the language of Jesus himself.

During the 1990s, the Pope noted, “peace finally came back” to Lebanon – a peace that he observed was “always fragile, but still present.”

Pope Benedict drew attention in the letter to other key moments in Patriarch Sfeir’s ministry, such as his 1994 appointment to the College of Cardinals, and Pope John Paul II’s visit to Beirut in 1997. Looking back on these moments, the Holy Father said they signified the patriarch’s depth of “communion with the Church Universal” and the “constant link” between the Maronite Church and the Church of Rome.

Go here for the rest of the story.