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December 26, 2012

NY Times published today an article on the decline of the Tea Party since the 2012 General Election. Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) had this to say about how the fringe group believes states can nullify the Affordable Care Act:

“We’re not a banana republic. It is dangerous to the foundation of the republic when we pick and choose which laws we will obey.”

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  • Ames December 28, 2012 at 8:54 am

    It is illegal to use or possess as regulated in the Control Substances Act of 1970.

  • Ames December 28, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Aren’t the federal laws concerning canibus limited to crimes of smuggling across US borders and transporting across state lines? Is there a federal law prohibiting the smoking of marijuana?

  • Keith December 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    George Hawthorne: Then why doesn’t General Holder and his DOJ underlings follow the “Rule of Law” by defending DOMA? The Obama administration is the epitome of a Banana Republic.

  • Bob December 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Yea, tone it down with the vitriol. Just remember, the death panels are coming for grandma to take the government out of her medicare! So just cool it with the over-the-top rhetoric, okay?

    Banana republic, sheesh.. what was that guy thinking. Just cause we elected a plutocrat fraudster who promised to gut everything and herald in a new era of dysfunction doesn’t make us a banana republic.

  • Moose December 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    This isn’t a surprise. Senator Gaetz has been a closet supporter of Obamacare all along. His legislative experience has paralleled the ACA throughout his entire political career.

    MA, good point. I guess he supports anything the Federal government mandates to the states, regardless of whether they infringe on human rights. He probably also would have been supported the imprisonment of Japanese during WWII here in the U.S.

  • George Hawthorne December 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I think Senator Gaetz was exactly on-target with his comments. The Rule of Law in a civialized society is dependent upon a society respecting and following the laws of the land. ACA is the LAW of the land and to not follow the laws (like it or not) can lead to the erosion of society and the all laws of the land.

  • Millard Adams December 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    A good thing Don Gaetz wasn’t leading the Civil Rights Movement. We’d still be segregated.

  • RT December 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Banana Republic? C’mon, Sen. Gaetz. Take it is easy with the flame-throwing rhetoric. The courts will likely decide the constitutional implications of states opting to exercise their states’-rights sovereignty in opposition to limited federal authority. Further regarding the ACA disputes, consider for a moment instead the several states with recently passed marijuana usage laws in defiance of federal regulations; if the federal government permits these states to be exempt from federal law, which seems to be the potential mindset in Washington DC, then does it not follow that states might also–with impunity–stand against the federal government in response to the ACA? Hey, I’m just wondering out loud–without the flame-throwing.