Incoming Leftist Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, in his inaugural speech on Monday, fired a broadside against the rule of law: At his direction, the state will continue to openly defy Washington’s authority on a number of issues, further weakening federalism and bringing our country one step closer to open rebellion.

In his speech, Newsom slammed an Obama-era policy that the Trump administration ended — child separation at the border — then slammed the president’s proposed border wall despite the fact that Border Patrol agents have testified that they work.

He then pledged that California will provide “sanctuary to all who seek it” regardless of their legal status just a week after a police corporal in his state was buried after being gunned down by an illegal alien criminal who was in custody but let go rather than turned over to immigration authorities, as federal law requires.

Meanwhile, Newsom’s state along with Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, the District of Columbia, and the Northern Mariana Island allow recreactional use of marijuana, whihle another 13 satates and the U.S. Virgin Islands have decriminalized its use.

Now, the last I checked, pot remains a Schedule I drug and, thus, is against federal law to use recreationally. Say what you will about marijuana — good, bad, indifferent — under the Constitution’s supremacy clause, federal laws supersede state laws.

The point is defiance of federal law begets more defiance over more and more issues. And pretty soon states opposed to the ruling party in the White House begin to feel as though they are no longer under any moral obligation to follow federal authority for any reason.

That said, there is no issue that stirs as much passion or spurs as much defiance as immigration. And the more POTUS Donald Trump’s administration tries to enforce immigration laws, the more defiance it inspires.

And with that defiance comes an ever greater the risk of outright rebellion.

Make no mistake, everytime an American citizen is brutalized or murdered by someone who has no legal right to be in our country, this divide only grows.

The death of Cpl. Ronil Singh last month was a turning point for many people. An immigrant who followed the rules and the law, he strapped on a gun and put on a badge in defense of his community and, to a greater extent, his new country.

Singh could have lost his life in any number of ways, but he lost it to someone who not only shouldn’t have been in the United States but who should never have been released into the general population.

That was a bridge too far for tens of millions of Americans who are backing the president and whatever he feels he needs to do to rein in state-sanctioned lawlessness.

Some say there are similarities between 19th-century slavery and modern illegal immigration, and that is true on many levels.

But there is one major difference and that is this: Slaves were brought here against their will while illegal immigrants breach our borders, violate our laws, and, sometimes, kill our people — all of which is, of course, against our will. People like Newsom weep for illegal aliens but shed not a tear or show a modicum of concern for Americans.

It was compassionate and proper to set people free in the 19th century, even if it took a war among us to do it.

It is not compassionate and proper, however, to continue allowing non-citizens to violate our laws and then assist them in the process. And yet, if states like California continue to openly defy federal authority on this issue, it’s going to lead our country back to a place too horrific to contemplate.

Enforcing all laws, including immigration laws, is what presidents are supposed to do, so this issue is bigger than Donald Trump. It will come down to whether we, as Americans, are going to tolerate those who are willing to tear apart our system to serve their own selfish political interests. — Jon Dougherty

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