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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Truth is secondary in Obama re-election

Letter to the Editor

Clearly, everything President Barack Obama says is intended to secure re-election. Therefore, truth of the statement is unimportant.

His recent attacks on the U.S. Supreme Court justices is just the latest example, in which he claimed it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to overturn a passed law.

Having been a constitutional law professor, he must be extremely knowledgeable of the Constitution. And he must be aware of the words of Alexander Hamilton in Federalist Papers No. 78 in describing “courts of justice; whose duty it must be to declare all acts contrary to the manifest tenor of the constitution void.”

And with regard to legislation passed by Congress, “No legislative act, therefore contrary to the Constitution, can be valid.”

Consequently, there can be only one of two reasons why he made the statement: he is not as knowledgeable of the Constitution as reported or he made the statement knowing it was inaccurate. In either case, it constitutes a misrepresentation, i.e., a lie.

But it was intended to help his re-election. That’s all that counts.

Harold Peterson