Defying federal law isn’t an option

Lately, I’ve been wondering just how much the right reads into the U.S. Constitution these days — because from my point of view, the only two things they seem to be fixated on as of late is the Second and 10th Amendments and nothing else.

I value freedom as much as the next guy in line, but to inherently suggest that each state can ignore a federal statute goes beyond common sense reasoning — especially when it comes to the welfare and well-being of the individual — and therefore laying out ridiculous charges that our precious state rights are being violated each and every time the federal government does something for the good of the people and the nation.

Like Obamacare for example. It’s not universal health care, but it’s a step in the right direction. Why the sudden and inexplicable fear?

Claims that a horrendous tax will be imposed upon the people through the implementation of Obamacare in 2014 has been thoroughly debunked. There is no such tax increase imposed with the health care mandate. Just a sliding scale of penalties for those of us who refuse to buy health insurance when the mandate finally kicks in.

But those who feel threatened by the change that Obama has brought should really think about moving out of the country and settling in an area where matters and issues like a mandate shouldn’t be a bother.

After all, there are still plenty of countries to chose from that don’t have health care, don’t have birth control, women’s rights, or those silly things that keeps the right-wing up at all manner of hours in a state of rage and paranoia.

You don’t have to live in the U.S. if you don’t want to. But to suggest that states have the right to defy the federal government on laws that they don’t like is a bit of a stretch.

Schuyler Thorpe

Everett