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Less Crackpotism, Please

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On a day when we rightly should be focusing on the extraordinary decision of state senate Democrats to elect the clownish Chris Larson as their new minority leader (a  decision that likely will ensure that they stay firmly in the minority)... we get this bit of our own crackpottery:

"....nine lawmakers who have said they back a bill to arrest any federal officials who try to implement the health care law."  

That is not, unfortunately a misprint or even a misunderstanding. The legislators also went all 19th Century on us by embracing the principle of "nullification" an idea that has enjoyed  pretty much complete obscurity since the U.S. Civil war. (The idea, repeatedly rejected by the courts, is that states can nullify federal laws they deem unconstitutional.)

Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) is one of the nine from Wisconsin who told the Campaign for Liberty he would back legislation to declare Obamacare illegal and allow police to arrest federal officials who take steps to implement it in Wisconsin. He said he believes the health care law is unconstitutional, despite the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that it passes constitutional muster.

Full face palm.

The legislators signed on the agenda advanced by a group called the Campaign for Liberty, whose agenda also includes, among other things, "legislation that would allow TSA agents to be charged with sexual assault if they use invasive “pat-down” procedures."

Suffice it to say that these position are to quote our own Bob Uecker... "juuuust a bit outside...."

It is one thing to oppose Obamacare and to oppose the implementation of state exchanges (as I do), quite another thing to begin channeling your inner John C. Calhoun and embrace the rhetoric of the 1850s.

Optics, people.

Frankly, it is hard to imagine a less effective way to make the case for opposition to an overweening federal government than to adopt positions that fit every caricature of the retrograde right  the left/media could ever imagine. 

As for arrests? Let me blunt here: crazy talk. No police officer anywhere in the state will ever arrest a federal official for carrying out a federal law, even a very bad one. Period.

(Speaking of crackpots, there is also some buzz about secession. Seriously? We fought a war over that, which ended badly for the advocates.)

There's a price to be paid for this kind of thing: think Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, and Christine O'Donnell. How many senate elections do we have to lose before we realize that?

Fellow conservatives: your moms warned you about this. Just because the other kids want to jump off the cliff, doesn't mean you should too. Even if that means telling a Tea Party group... no.

 

 

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