Editor, Times-Union:
The social compact in the United States since 1789, and reaffirmed after civil war in 1865, has been that acts of Congress, after signing by the President, become the law of the land. The only exception to this is if the Supreme Court declares some or all of a law in violation of the Constitution. I have appreciated the opportunity over the years to proudly teach about our system in my political science classes at IPFW.  I have also been very honored, for the last five years, to travel to former Soviet bloc countries in eastern Europe to teach rule of law. I have felt a pride in serving as a representative of the United States as we have been such a powerful example of that rule. The next time I teach overseas I will not be able to speak so boldly of our once shining example.
There are a group of legislators who have withheld the full operation of our government unless the rule of law is abandoned regarding the Affordable Care Act, the law of the land. We can be anxious about this law, we can dislike it, we can embrace it, and most certainly we can publicly criticize it. But holding the country hostage until the law is delayed or withdrawn is political blackmail and a rejection of our political system.
Another word for it, perhaps, is sedition.
David C. Kolbe
Warsaw, via email