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Letter: Our Law-Breaking Leaders

To the Editor:

What better and more direct evidence of the hypocrisy of our elected “leaders” than that the move to decriminalize possession of marijuana, thereby helping some residents violate federal drug laws? All their preaching about obedience to law, being law-abiding residents of “a nation of laws,” etc. amounts to nothing when they violate their oaths of office.

Want evidence? Article VI of the U.S. Constitution mandates that “the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution” And guess what! The same article clearly provides, “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof ... 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.”

When we once again have an administration that observes the requirement in Article II, section 3, “to take Care that the laws be faithfully executed” rather than run it like some carnival sideshow, all those who have defied the clear letter of the law will very likely find themselves in serious trouble. Any U.S. attorney worth a damn could charge all of the proponents with a number of conspiracies — perhaps even a racketeering violation.

And yes, I am a retired attorney.

Douglas C. Dodge

Springfield, Vt.