Extreme racism, bigotry, religious zealotry, nationalism and an aversion to the supposed “intellectual elite” (education) are all visible signs of this democracy killing disease.
The Journal Sentinel’s radically conservative editorial board gasped, and broke ranks with this opinion:
Nine Republicans would like to take us back - way back - to 1832. They are: Sen. Mary Lazich of New Berlin; Reps. Chris Kapenga of Delafield; Don Pridemore of Hartford; Erik Severson of Star Prairie; Tom Larson of Colfax; Scott Krug of Wisconsin Rapids; and three Republicans elected last week - Rob Hutton of Brookfield, Mark Born of Beaver Dam and Dave Murphy of Greenville.
They agreed with a tea party-aligned group, the Campaign for Liberty, that they support "nullification" of the Affordable Care Act - and "authorize state and local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement the unconstitutional health care scheme known as Obamacare."
They also must long for the administration of President Andrew Jackson because that was when this issue was settled. What they represent now is a fringe idea that is so far out as to be laughable - and disturbing.
Said Kapenga: "Just because Obama was re-elected does not mean he's above the Constitution." Kapenga might have a point if the U.S. Supreme Court had struck down Obamacare and the president had continued to push for implementation anyway. But the court, led by Roberts, upheld the law. Maybe Kapenga missed the news.
The Campaign for Liberty nailed down these legislators' support on other issues as well … But the strangest of all is their apparent adoption of the odious idea of nullification. The Campaign for Liberty has endorsed the notion that the 10th Amendment allows states to ignore federal law. Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester), the newly elected Assembly speaker, said through a spokeswoman that he has no position on nullification … Really? Why not?
But here's a question any responsible member of the state Legislature should answer: Why in heaven's sake would they even think this is something they should support? No matter how much this retrograde gang may wish it wasn't so, Obamacare is the law of the land. Their constituents may want to remember that they embraced such utter nonsense.
I can guarantee their Democratic challengers will make an issue of these position in a couple years.