ROSE NOLEN: States should be united, not undermine federal law

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST

Looking back over the Civil War, I would have disagreed with Abraham Lincoln on one issue. I would have made sure that every state wanted to belong to the union before I invited them back. If it took Mississippi nearly 150 years to ratify the 13th Amendment, they probably weren’t in a hurry to get back in.

There are some states that seem to disagree with the other states on all kinds of issues. Some states seem to oppose Roe v. Wade and are determined to get rid of all of their abortion clinics. Some states disagree with same-sex marriage and won’t allow it in their state. So, even when the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the legality of some issues, some states still hold out.

Some states seem not to want their people to vote, so now they’re looking back over all the ways they used to stop people from voting. Poll taxes, literacy tests, photo identification, they continue to find ways to identify people, though voter fraud seems to have disappeared a long time ago.

It’s gotten to the point that in some parts of the country women are afraid to wake up in the morning for fear they will be confronted with some new law concerning their reproductive rights. Some women are finding that they will have to subject themselves to unnecessary vaginal probes if they find that they are pregnant. Some men have apparently concluded that women are not capable of taking care of their own bodies.

In some states where one political party is in charge of all three branches of government, the people have just taken control. Having the various states making these arbitrary rules, it won’t be long before no two states of the union will have agreed to the same set of laws. Even when we pass a federal law, such as the federal Affordable Care Act, individuals are struggling in innumerable attempts to annul them.

We are all aware, of course, that our nation is divided. Although, we seem to disagree on how long we think we can continue to operate in this state of disrepair. We need desperately to elect some grown people to get in charge of our government. These unfortunate people who think that they can run the government according to their own rules are simply not operating with a full deck.

I suppose when we endure this sequestering situation, ultimately our military will be affected, and we will be unable to defend ourselves.

A lot of our citizens do not realize how many of the people who are making decisions for us have never served in the military and have gone to the limit in avoiding active duty. These are people who just want to sit on the sidelines and talk tough. They don’t ever intend to engage in the conflict. They like to flex their muscles and threaten others in the full knowledge that they are never going to war.

Undoubtedly, I suppose we will have to take the good with the bad. We know in the end that those who are responsible for causing our troubles will not help us bear them. They will disappear out of sight until our troubles are over. But come good and bad, we know that some day financial fairness will come and we will be better for it.

It’s simply a matter of time.

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Ellis Smith February 26, 2013 | 10:54 a.m.

Rose: The first ten amendments, aka "Bill of Rights," contains something called Amendment X (Tenth Amendment). There just could have been some reason why the framers of our Constitution put it there, other than to occupy space. What actially appears to be occupying a ton of space is our current bloated and badly managed federal government.

We realize this particular amendment is unpopular with persons of certain political persuasions, but that's unfortunate. Either get the amendment repealed or pay attention to it, your choice. The prevailing mood seems all too obvious: "What we don't like in the Constitution, we'll just ignore."

I've said this before: Our Constitution is NOT a Chinese restaurant menu! It needs to be taken in its entirety - not as a choice of Column A vs. Column B.

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Michael Williams February 26, 2013 | 12:50 p.m.

Ellis: This aimless-wandering of an article ignores the fact that the Bill of Rights was put into place so folks like Rose couldn't willy-nilly mess with certain things.

I also think Rose TRULY believes "voter fraud...disappeared a long time ago."


Her statement, "I would have made sure that every state wanted to belong to the union before I invited them back" is certainly a different take on things. First, the invitation back was a mite harsh, so much so that I hardly would call it an "invitation". That would be like me hauling my family at gunpoint to an "invited" Thanksgiving get-together. Second, I think those states' wishes on "belonging" was already known, so that part of her statement is not really relevant, is it?

Personally, I think a splitting of the States would have been a horrible thing for the nation that would have been reversed quickly once everyone came to their self-protective senses. Truth is, tho, that I support a state's right to secede. I don't think such a thing is close on the horizon, but it's one helluva lot closer than it was 20 years ago. I figure......Texas. No other state has the wherewithal AND location to do such a thing. I also think that a seceding State would not meet with the same actions as before...not with THIS military.

You are right: Either follow the Constitution or amend it. I accept no other solution except the States calling a Constitutional Convention to scrap the whole Constitution and start over.

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Ellis Smith February 26, 2013 | 2:37 p.m.

Well, if splitting states up resulted in "Balkanized" North America and this was prior to World War II, we might have a situation today where the Eastern United States would be German-speaking while the Western United States would be required to speak Japanese. For me, speaking bad German would be no problem, but it might be an inconvenience for Rose. :)

IMHO the framers did a masterful job setting up the requirements for amending the Constitution. On hand they allowed for amendments; on the other hand, they didn't make them easy.

But now we get to the crux of the matter. We are dealing with the 47% of our society who refuse to cope with problems unless the solution is deemed easy, and frequently not even then.

I [we] want it ALL!
I [we] want it NOW!
You OWE it to me! [Oh, really?]
I [we] don't want to work for it! Work is HARD!
I [we] don't want to take any responsibility!
The government should solve it. [Feds don't have a stellar track recond. Need I quote Reagan, who was even willing to include his own administration?]

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Bob Hill February 26, 2013 | 10:19 p.m.

The ONE thing you disagreed with Lincoln on was requiring states to want to return?!?!? How about the fact he freed slaves in Confederate states but not Union slave states?!?!? Were you OK with that?

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J Karl Miller February 27, 2013 | 3:16 p.m.

There are opinions and there are informed opinions. Nuff said.

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Ellis Smith February 27, 2013 | 5:31 p.m.

Well, J. Karl and Rose, informed or not, it's called the United StateS of America and not the United StatE of America. Its name suggests that membership is VOLUNTARY, whether that's ceased to be the case or not. :)

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