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Kos: Idaho Solons Deaf To Fed Law

Despite the testimony from Idaho's (Republican) attorney general that a proposed law nullifying the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional, the House State Affairs Committee voted 14-5 last week to approve the bill. One Republican lawmaker (Eric Anderson, R-Priest River, pictured) on the committee joined with four Democrats. ... The majority, however, were in league with one of the know-nothing teabaggers in attendance at a hearing on the law: "I wasn't going to speak until I heard the self-proclaimed scholar," Bruce Nave, a resident of rural Sweet, north of Boise, told the panel. "We as citizens are tired of being lorded over by representatives. We're not conspiracy theorists. We aren't kooks. No one is going to force me to buy anything." Law, schmaw. If I don't agree with it, the hell with the rule of law. This "the hell with the Constitution" aspect of the nullification effort -- alive and well not just in Idaho but in eleven others states -- is disturbing, particularly coming from people who are making laws/Joan McCarter, Daily Kos. More here.

Question: What do you make of situations, like the nullification effort in the Idaho Legislature, when lawmakers knowingly defy the U.S. Constitution?




D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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