Much of the oppression in oppressive regimes–Nazi Germany, Soviet Union–was extralegal. It consisted of ostracism, exclusion from the means of livelihood, being punished extrajudicially by being labeled mentally ill, and by various forms of financial pressure put on oneself and one’s family. But notice what we have today in the supposedly free United States, where no private thoughts are permitted, where Donald Sterling is forced from ownership of a team for his privately made, uncouth comments to his girlfriend, and now, we hear, banks are being pressured not to do business with disfavored customers, such as gun stores.
Laws should be open, neutral, and neutrally enforced, even the bad ones. Obama’s selective unenforcement of oppressive laws, and use of extralegal pressure where there is no law to authorize him, is supremely dangerous. It’s one stepped remove from a law permitting him to do anything at all, and him telling us that he’ll only use that power for good purposes and only against the bad people.