Monday, September 20, 2004

Moronica for Morons (An Ongoing Saga)

Not content with their earlier efforts at tearing up the Constitution, the GOP Congress is now pushing two more bills that would emasculate judicial review. (Article)

The first is a constitutional amendment granting Congress the power to prohibit physical desecration of the flag (ie, flag burning). Apparently, prohibiting flag burning is much more important than enacting the 9-11 Commission's recommendations. I would certainly feel much safer knowing that evil doers would be prevented from exercising their 1st Amendment rights. Hey GOoPers, they're called priorities; look into them!

Up next is bill that says only state courts can hear cases involving the pledge of allegiance. Congress can, under their power, narrow the jurisdiction of the inferior federal courts. However, Congress could not, circumscribe the Supreme Court's power of judicial review. But why should we let the silly Constitution and over two hundred years of history get in the way of politics. After all, it makes so much more sense for state courts to interpret the federal constitution. Wouldn't it be especially fun when some liberal states strip "under God" from the pledge and the Bible Thumpers change it to "under Jesus Christ"? God help us!


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