In filling in for Rush Limbaugh on his Friday show, conservative commentator Mark Steyn scoffed at the notion Republicans would handle impeachment well enough to even attempt. The author of "The Undocumented Mark Steyn" responded a caller's question about impeachment and acknowledged that Obama penalizes the lawful while incentivizing the lawless, but was skeptical congressional Republicans would do anything about it.
That line about "penalizing the lawful while incentivizing the lawless" is what unites the President's approach to immigration and the Ferguson verdict. In both cases, the Obama Administration takes the side of the mob over the law-abiding - ever more indulgent of the lawless, while imposing ever more burdens on those trying to stay on the right side of the hyper-regulatory state. Insofar as he has any philosophical approach to governing, that's it. I was riffing on yesterday's show, but I formulated it a little more elegantly here:
Putting aside the soon to be amnestied millions, it seems to me the deformation of law necessary to accommodate the armies of the undocumented is having a broader corrupting effect on the federal bureaucracy... American life is bifurcating into the undocumented and the overdocumented. On the southern border, the bazillions of US laws are meaningless - proof of identity, medical tests, none of it matters. And the less it matters on the Rio Grande the more the zealots on the 49th Parallel will take apart your car if they think you've got a Kinder egg in there. Anyone who thinks that attitude can be confined to the border and not work its way deep into the rest of American life is deluded.
If it's a choice between "living in the shadows" or living under the glare of 24/7 government klieg lights, the former sounds rather more relaxing.
~A PS re that impeachment talk: In the excerpt quoted, I talk about the incompetent Clinton trial in the Senate (which I had the misfortune to attend, day in, day out) and said "that guy should have been impeached". I meant, of course, he should have been convicted. He was most certainly impeached by the House, but the Senate declined to follow through. The perils of live radio, but, having sat in the Senate chamber for weeks on end in early 1999, I'm well aware of the difference.
~Today, I'll be on Larry Kudlow's radio show live at 11am Eastern/8am Pacific. Next week I'll be joining Hannity and Fox & Friends and Stuart Varney and Joyce Kaufman south of the border, and Michael Coren and the unjustly convicted Ezra Levant up north. Not sure whether I'm supposed to be plugging my new book or new CD or maybe both, but I hope you'll tune in and find out.