I was saddened when I read about Sheriff Tim Mueller’s letter to Vice President Joe Biden. It brought to mind the argument made for states rights during the Civil Rights era in an attempt by southern states to preserve Jim Crow and a system of laws enabling white citizens to economically exploit black citizens, deprive them of their right to vote, lynch, rape and do whatever else they felt was their God-given right.
They too were interpreting the Constitution of the United States.
I live and work in Linn County and this is my first letter to the editor of the Democrat-Herald. I am bothered by the fact that I hear a lot of negativity concerning the Obama administration, much more so than of the Bush administration, although in my opinion history will show that the Bush administration did a lot to dismantle our Constitutional rights.
As Michael Peck commented in Forbes on Jan. 16 about Sheriff Mueller’s letter:
“Nowhere does his bio say that he is trained as a constitutional lawyer. On what basis does he decide which laws are unconstitutional and which are not? There are federal laws that require registration of destructive devices. If I were to build to a surface-to-air missile capable of destroying an airliner, can I assume that Sheriff Mueller would not only refuse to enforce federal registration, but would actively prevent federal agents from arresting me?”
He goes on to say that “those who break the law to defend your rights can also break the law to take them away.”
Food for thought.
Albany (Jan. 18)