When supporting a political candidate, I look for integrity as much as I do for agreement in policy. I don’t have to agree 100 percent of the time, 90 percent is usually nice.
The lack of integrity is why I cannot support those who seek to nullify federal law through state statute. That was tried before and through war and the courts has failed every time.
The law as passed during the regular session says that if any federal agent seeks to enforce any federal gun law, that person is subject to arrest, prosecution, fine and imprisonment. It says the federal laws concerning firearms regulations, limitations and control are not legal in Missouri.
Now, we all understand the federal supremacy laws. The Constitution Article VI, Clause 2; “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.”
That is simple and straightforward. So much so that it makes me wonder how my very patriotic GOP friends just do not understand it.
They, of course, will refer to the Second Amendment, that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,” but they have already missed the boat. It was the conservative movement that demanded expanded gun background checks to prevent criminals and terrorists from purchasing guns. It was the Republican-led House of the 1920s that outlawed the ownership of fully automatic weapons.
And please do not tell me that you would use an AR-15 for deer hunting. You don’t and won’t.
Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the law because it was in violation of federal law, and would cost the state unnecessary time and money to defend in federal courts only to lose in the end.
Yet, in its zeal to prove that it is smarter than the feds, the Missouri GOP will attempt to override the governor’s veto during the special session. It does not matter that there is little time for such imprudence or that the law will be shot down by the courts (pun intended). The Grand Old Party will show its lack of common sense and dismissal of the very Constitution they so praise
Worse, four Democrats in the state House have decided that they will cross the line to vote for the veto override. The only reason why House Democrats TJ McKenna of Festus, Keith English of Florissant, Ben Harris of Hillsboro and Jeff Roorda of Barnhart will side with the GOP is fear of losing their elected seats. There are another four Dems who are still not decided.
“Being a rural area Democrat, if you don’t vote for any gun bill, it will kill you,” Harris told The Associated Press. That is coming from a spineless politician who would rather save his own job than to do the right thing; who is neither a supporter nor a defender of the Constitution or the people he represents, and who does not deserve the support of the Missouri Democratic Party or of its members.
If about 10 percent of the Dems and almost all of the GOP members of the state House vote for the override, what does that say about the integrity of the representatives? With the coming of new leadership of the Missouri Democratic Party, I hope that a strong chair is selected, one who will slap the wretched turncoats up the side of the head, to beat some sense into their brains and integrity into their hearts.
Let the GOP gather in a crying huddle when its members are blamed for spending unnecessary taxpayer dollars to defend an undefendable law they passed. It is not time to share the blame, but time to let Missouri understand that the GOP is not working in the interests of its people. Do not let the four wretched collaborators blur that distinction.
It is time we demand that integrity return to the hallowed halls under the Gray Dome. There are more important things to do, like shore up the budgets for education, infrastructure and health of our citizens.
David Rosman is an editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in communications, ethics, business and politics.