Megyn Kelly vs. Everybody


It seems that FOX News' Megyn Kelly is frequently making news these days by asking "gotcha questions" of the Republican candidates.

Is her preponderance for doing so due to a desire to heighten her visibility, to increase ratings for FOX, or because she, in her opinion, is asking questions that should be addressed and answered by any presidential candidate?

Well, it really doesn't matter why she asked the questions or the "tone" she used in doing so. A candidate should be able to field such questions directly and with rationale to back up their positions.

I'll address two recent cases of a single question to illustrate.

Ms. Kelly asked Sen. Cruz if under his presidency he would order the deportation of a family if only the "anchor baby" were an American citizen? Trump had been asked the same question the night before on 'The O'Reilly Factor".

Trump answered "Yes" - the correct answer.

Cruz expounded upon his position on the illegal immigration issue; but, did not answer the question - even after several attempts by Kelly to have him do so.

In my opinion Cruz was being disingenuous by dodging the question. It made him look like the typical politician. Such is one of the reasons that Trump is so high in the polls. People are tired of politicians and their "non-representative" answers and actions.

OK. Why was Trump's answer correct and what else should he have said?

Trump was correct because it's the law. This has little to do with "compassion" or what's "right". As I often say, "Any intersection between justice and the legal system is purely coincidental."

Here is the US President's oath that he or she takes: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Further, per Article II, Section 2 of our Constitution, "..he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed."

My personal opinion on "a" correct answer to this specific question which any politician or candidate should provide is:

"The answer to the question is 'Yes", they should be deported. As president my job is to adhere to the oath I took. My job is not to allow my personal opinions on any subject to dictate my response to any issue.

Is my answer the compassionate thing to do or is my answer the politically correct answer? Maybe and maybe not - opinions vary. However, neither of those descriptions offers an option for the president. If my answer is troubling to you, read the Constitution on the roles, duties, and authorities granted to the president.

Consider: Suppose my opinions on Roe vs. Wade were counter to the law. Would you have me not enforce that law in favor of my personal opinion?

I didn't think so.

No, the president may not pick and choose the laws he or she wishes to enforce. The president must enforce them all. Follow the law or support the law's changing. Ignoring the law is not an option.

As of now the word 'illegal' means exactly what it says - entering our country illegally is a crime. The president's job is to enforce the law."

The above response would be very difficult to refute or to "spin".

Of course, such an answer could engender all sorts of followup questions. The answers to all such should be formed with the laws of our great Country at the forefront.