Radical/Conservative/Liberals in the House of Representatives
In a peculiar move best explained by election year posturing, the House of Representatives yesterday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would bar federal courts from reviewing controversies arising from the wordingÂ of the Pledge of Allegiance.” (H.R. 2389)Â To this old, crusty defender of the Constitution, this comes across as a fairly radical assault on the constitutional structure of the Republic, so destructive that it only could be the work of anarchists or (gasp!) liberals.Â Â Should Congress be defining by statute which constitutional issues are immune from judicial review?Â If so, do you have a little list of the constitutional controversies you think the federal courts should be barred from considering?Â How do you feel about a liberal Congress banning federal courts from reviewing gun control legislation?
Should I be concerned about this kind of nonsense, or do we all know it’s just Showtime?Â A House vote only gets legislation part-way to law.Â Do any of you think this should pass the Senate?Â Surely none of the Old Dominion’sÂ conservative constitutionalists in the Congress participated in this silliness today.Â (Oops – just checked the Roll Call – not a pretty sight)Â Â Â