Thursday, September 16, 2004

Who needs three branches
when two will do?

Perhaps your blogstress missed that day in civics class when they explained how Congress could trump the Constitution by creating laws that prohibit federal courts from arriving at a particular decision. But that's exactly what the Republican-led House of Representatives has decided to do.

Reuters reports that on a party-line vote of 17-10, the House Judiciary Committee voted yesterday "to prevent federal courts from declaring as unconstitutional the phrase 'under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance."

Your Webwench is confused. She has somehow gotten through life worshipping at the altar of our nation's civic religion--praying rosaries to Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson--in the mistaken belief that the Constitution was to be intepreted by the federal courts, that Congress was to make the laws, and the courts were to determine their constituionality.

Did some kind of constitutional Vatican II happen while your cybertrix went shopping for pants that go stretch in the night?

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