3.17.2010

Idaho Passes Symbolic Law

Kind of interesting story. Why do we even have states anymore? Has it always (since the Civil War?) been this much of a foregone conclusion that Federal Laws trump State Laws? I'm learning a lot about government these days. Seriously, why do we have states? Is it like Aquinas' notion of how church doctrine was fundamentally true, but "science" should be able to address anything that church doctrine did not address? The story reports,

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho took the lead in a growing, nationwide fight against health care overhaul Wednesday when its governor became the first to sign a measure requiring the state attorney general to sue the federal government if residents are forced to buy health insurance.

Similar legislation is pending in 37 other states.

Constitutional law experts say the movement is mostly symbolic because federal laws supersede those of the states.

Like, is it Constitutional for a state to secede? Why can California have pot-stands on the corner of every street in Oakland, despite the fact that federal drug laws state that pot is a schedule-1 violation?

I really don't know anymore. Am I asking questions I shouldn't ask? Weird. Honestly, do I have poorer understanding than most of you, or am I the only one who gives a shit? Does nobody give a shit? What an idea! A state full of citizens who don't give a damn. I love it.

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