Columbia, SC The Feb.17 article by Adam Beam (“The resistance: Nullification bills aim to block U.S. laws”) states that Republican legislators have filed dozens of bills that would nullify federal laws. Their main and most frequent target concerns so-called Obamacare, which, I suspect, smells of racism. They just can’t accept that we have a man of color as president.
There are bills to nullify gun regulations that haven’t even passed yet; can you believe it? One bill would allow an organized militia in South Carolina to be armed with military-style assault weapons in case the federal government passes a ban on them. There is another bill, H.3101, to declare the new health law null and void.
When federal laws are enacted and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, it behooves all of us to respect that.
Our legislators need to get off the current anti-federal government kick and pay some attention to problems in South Carolina. Our state has an abysmal record concerning education, crime, traffic fatalities, gun deaths, poor highways and anything else you can name. We were one of the last to pass the seat belt law, and even now we can’t pass a law to stop texting while driving. What does it take to get these legislators to act sensibly?
Eric G. Cooper