LETTER: Are we no longer a ‘nation of laws’?

Sep. 25, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

Lately I have heard so many politicians and news pundits declare that Obamacare is the law of the land and therefore must be funded.

I agree that the laws of our constitutional republic, not our democracy or Socialist collective, should be funded and enforced. This applies to all our laws and the entire law — not just the ones or parts of ones you may like or agree with.

Here’s some examples of laws that have not been funded or enforced. Do you think things would be different if they were?

* The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act called for border security, never funded by Congress.

* Chicago has the strictest “gun-control laws” in the country, never enforced by the mayors.

* The U.S. bankruptcy laws were completely disregarded in the General Motors and Chrysler cases.

So many changes, exemptions, delays and special provisions have been made to the Affordable Care Act by the president that I wonder why we have a Congress or court.

So, yes, Obama Care is the law of the land, but it seems we are no longer a “nation of laws.” Don’t “we the people” deserve better?

Craig Peterson