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Kevin: Barbieri Said … What?!

Some nullification supporters tried their best to sound level-headed Wednesday. They tried to paint their effort as something straightforward: a bill simply directing state agencies to do nothing to implement federal health care reform. “It does no more, no less,” said House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley. “It is a policy decision.” Now, consider this over-the-top comment from the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Vito Barbieri, pictured, who goaded his colleagues to stand up to Uncle Sam. “This issue was resolved during the Nuremberg trials. The idea that we are directed from on high, that orders are orders, was found to be no defense. But, rather, our conscience is our duty.” Barbieri represents a portion of Kootenai County, an area with a long history with neo-Nazi fringe groups. I wonder how Barbieri’s constituents feel about his choice of analogy/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: What do you make of state Rep. Vito Barbieri, who represents a House district with long ties to the Aryan Nations, using the Nuremberg trials analogy to defend nullification?

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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