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August 3, 2014

Letter | Rice efforts to sue Obama misguided, harmful to South Carolina

It has been well reported that Rep. Tom Rice is in favor of suing Pres. Obama. Mr. Rice opined in favor of passing the resolution on July 30, that the President should be compared to King George III (he is the chap who was the English king during the Revolutionary War).

It has been well reported that Rep. Tom Rice is in favor of suing Pres. Obama. Mr. Rice opined in favor of passing the resolution on July 30, that the President should be compared to King George III (he is the chap who was the English king during the Revolutionary War).

Really, Mr. Rice? Really? The hyperbole is stunning.

Let's look at the Declaration of Independence to see the indictments brought against George III for his "repeated injuries and usurpations" of the Colonists rights and liberties; there were many. Some of the more serious charges were:

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly; made Judges dependent on his will; kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the consent of our legislatures; plundered our seas, revaged (sic) our coasts, burnt our towns; and famously, "He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat (sic) the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty ...”

Well, you get the idea.

One only hopes that Mr. Rice does not really mean that Pres. Obama is in the league of George III. However, if he is, why vote for a picayune resolution to sue because he delayed enforcement of a law passed by the then-majority of the Congress? If the President is so heinous, impeach him. Where is the courage of your conviction Mr. Rice?

It should be mentioned that presidents of both parties employ executive actions, Obama fewer than some others.

This action by the House to sue the President is sure to waste a lot of money, and more importantly will increase the intensity of the divisiveness in the country. That must be the goal of the action.

The writer lives in Pawleys Island.

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