I can't figure out what is driving Ken Cuccinelli to make himself the center of attention and the guy in the McDonnell administration that is hogging all the headlines. Is he already running for governor? Does he have aspirations for some Washington job? Perhaps he wants to vie with the Republican governor to get his name on some short list for vice president. Or, perhaps he is just an egomaniac who has to be the center of attention.
Whatever drives him, he has made sure he filled the headlines and airwaves with his agenda. First, there was the filing of a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, stating that, in Kenny's estimation, the agency has no authority to regulate CO2 emissions (even though the present conservative Supreme Court has already ruled that it does.)
Next came that letter to all the state colleges and universities, telling them to go ahead and discriminate against GLBT employees and students.
He followed that with his ridiculous lawsuit against the recently passed health reform legislation. His suit is based on the "supremacy" - in his mind - of a Virginia law denying the right of the federal government to mandate individuals to have health insurance. I guess Cuccinelli didn't check the wording of the law he so vehemently opposes.
There is NO penalty - financial or criminal - for anyone who fails to pay the penalty the law imposes for those who refuse to have health insurance. Thus, there is no standing to sue because no one will have damages because of their failure to follow the mandate ("Waiver of Criminal Penalties" and "Limitations on Liens and Levies" sections of the law)
Maybe Cooch wants the overturn of the health reform law under the pre-Civil War idea of nullification. (Probably, he just wants more publicity, knowing that his suit will fail.)
|Several times in our history the concept of nullification has been put forth as a way for those who believe in the supremacy of states' rights over the federal government to ignore any law they believe is unconstitutional. Not only did Andrew Jackson assert the supremacy of the federal government, but we did fight that Civil War after Abraham Lincoln was elected president to prove, once and for all, that the union must be preserved and the federal goverment is supreme over state governments.
Cooch must have taken his history lessons from the same sort of textbooks that Texas now demands for their students...the ones that distort American history to fit preconceived notions.
Perhas his textbooks didn't contain the part of the Constitution that says, "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding."
We can expect other extremist acts by Cuccinelli, I'm sure. After all, he introduced bills in the Virginia State Senate to amend the 14th Amendment so as to revoke the citizenship of children born in this country to undocumented immigrants. He's also responsible for the law that says any person passing a "test" on the Internet qualifies for a concealed gun permit.
In 2005 Cuccinelli claimed a George Mason University event which explored issues of safe sex, date rape and sexual health was "designed to push sex and sexual libertine behavior as far, fast and furiously as possible" and to promote "every type of sexual promiscuity you can imagine." After all, talking about safe sex and date rape means that you want to "have" sex, huh,...weird sex...deviant sex?
Oh, how I wish Cuccinelli had returned to Edison NJ after he graduated from UVa with a mechanical engineering degree and had gotten a job there. Instead, we are stuck with him here in Virginia.