The lawlessness of a ‘law and order’ administration

It is outrageous that an administration that emphasizes “law and order” so blatantly disregards federal laws with which it may not agree or for which compliance is inconvenient or not helpful to its political objectives.   

This shameless contempt for the law and the norms of a democratic society is an insult to the American people, the military and the hundreds of thousands of current and former federal employees. Taxpayers should be incensed that their tax dollars are being used to support partisan actions such as seeking the reelection of an incumbent president.

The Hatch Act restricts federal employees from taking part in partisan political activity. Partisan political activity is that which is directed toward the success or failure of a partisan candidate, political party or partisan political group. Only the president and vice president are exempt from the law.

Federal employees, including presidential appointees, may not engage in any partisan political activity on official time — period. This includes use of government facilities, including email and computer systems, wearing a government uniform or using a government vehicle. They are prohibited from such activity on duty even if using a personal device such as a personal cell phone or a personal email or other account such as Twitter. Yet, the Republican National Convention contained a steady stream of such violations, from misuse of the Mellon Auditorium and the White House for political purposes to Secretary of State Pompeo’s speech broadcast from Jerusalem (reportedly against the advice of his legal adviser).  

This is not a Republican or Democrat issue. It is a matter of following the rule of law and demanding integrity and lawful conduct from our public employees and officials at every level of the federal government.

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