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Secession aside, state must follow law

Published 12:00am Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Saying something stupid, something you regret deeply, is fairly easy to do.

Mouths move faster than brains sometimes.

Usually a quick, heart-felt apology will fix those gaffes.

But what does one do when the gaffe was in writing and nationally publicized because, well, you’re governor of Mississippi?

We hope Gov. Phil Bryant is pondering the answer to that question this week. We suspect, however, he’s not smart enough to realize how ignorant he made Mississippi look with a foolishly penned letter to the lieutenant governor and the House speaker.

In the letter, Bryant urged lawmakers to immediately pass laws that would make any “unconstitutional order by the President illegal to enforce in Mississippi …”

We agree, in part, with why Bryant’s upset. Some of the gun control measures the president pushed through may be unconstitutional.

Clearly, two problems exist here, though.

First, Bryant needs to realize states cannot ignore federal law.

We should have learned that by now. It’s been tested a few times in our nation’s history. Barring another go-round with secession, we’re a part of the federal government, whether Bryant likes it or not.

Second, Bryant’s statement contained an oxymoronic notion.

If an order were deemed unconstitutional it would not be enforceable anywhere in the country.

Of course, that assumes that Bryant understands that our country has a system by which we can challenge laws we feel are unconstitutional, and that system doesn’t involve the Mississippi Legislature in the least, and certainly not Bryant’s personal opinion.

 

  • Anonymous

    Hence, the SNL MS opossum “news” report… LMBO!!!!

  • Anonymous

    He’s on record though all part of the political process

  • Anonymous

    And Federal Law cannot be made by Presidential fiat. Federal Law cannot be a Constitutional violation. Somebody had to stand up to the overzealous President. There was a time when that was handled by the media. Now they are his lapdogs, spinning, if not outright ignoring, scandal after scandal and cheering his trampling of the Constitution and upsetting of right-wing rubes in fly-over country..

  • Anonymous

    The federal government has ignored the 10th Amendment for years and the states have allowed it. Now, it’s time for the states to stand up and protect their citizens. Yes, the states CAN ignore federal law when the law is obviously unconstitutional. Why do you think we have to wait years on a court decision?

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    I beg your pardon: your comment is bias with untruth and no facts as that of the Bryant stupid comment that made it on a comedy show to show how stupid it was!!!! He is no better than the last two republican governors of Ms. and Ms. can do better than this with making our state go backwards instead of going forward!! Bryant should get on national televisions and apologize for his dumb statement for no industry will want to come to Ms.and he sure wasn’t representing all of Ms. with his dumb comment!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I’ll tell ya, Mississippi can sure vote those hopeless rednecks into office. To listen to ‘em talk, it sounds like they crawled out of the woods. They come across as completely uneducated. That’s why we’re the laughing stock for the rest of the country.

  • Anonymous

    Phil Bryant has gone off the rails again!!! He said everyone has access to healthcare. You can just go to the emergency room. What a pathetic man to have as governor. He has shamed us, AGAIN! Recall him!

  • Anonymous

    Phil Bryant has gone off the rails again!!! He said everyone has access to healthcare. You can just go to the emergency room. What a pathetic man to have as governor. He has shamed us, AGAIN! Recall him!

  • Anonymous

    OGD, that all might be applicable if anyone had proposed a federal law that is unconstitutional. That’s the problem. He and I guess you went all hog-wild before President Obama said a word! And if you noticed there was no unconstitutional federal law to fight! He went off half-cocked. Just like he did today telling everyone how smart he is — d’oh, everyone has access to healthcare — go to the ER. It’s a crying shame.

  • Anonymous

    He’s an even bigger Bubba than the last one, and that’s saying something!

  • Anonymous

    Re-read what I said. It all applies. Get a grip. :)

  • Anonymous

    That and the size of the bovine grazing around walmart.