- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Jeffrey Kuhner’s commendable article, “Should Arizona Secede” (Commentary, Thursday) got me thinking. Let me see if I’ve got this straight. Federal Judge Susan Bolton has declared that it is unlawful for the state of Arizona to enforce its own laws.

Doesn’t that sound quite oxymoronic? Section 4 of Article IV of our Constitution states: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion.” It would seem, therefore, to an intelligent reader of the Constitution, that the president not only has been derelict in his duties to protect Arizona from invasion, but has gone so far as to sue the state of Arizona. In accordance with the U.S. Constitution, given Arizona’s republican form of government, the people’s representatives have enacted law to resolve the problem of the illegal invasion of their land, their liberty, their possessions, their economy and their very lives.

Once again an imperialist, activist, leftist judge has undermined the will of the people. Should Arizona secede? When the federal government abrogates the Constitution by refusing to protect its people from harm and goes so far as to take legal action against them, it may be time for states to seriously contemplate that very question.

LORRAINE RYAN

Berwyn Heights, Md.