Friday, September 24, 2004

Calling Issac Newton

As Professor Soundman and I discussed last night, the reason the U.S. Constitution works so beautifully has less to do with its content than its Newtonian structure (checks, balances, weights, measures, triangulation and Classical proportions applied to the structure of government).

As noted here last week, the sages of the U.S. House of Representatives think they have a better idea: two branches of government, not three, with the legislature determining the outcome of law suits that would, under the unrevised document, have been in the jurisdiction of the federal courts. In other words, the House has declared the Congress to be the determinant of whether the laws Congress itself makes are Constitutional. Kind of revolutionary, don't you think? (Not to mention unconstitutional.)

At issue is a bill that passed the House last night: the Pledge of Allegiance Protection bill, which according to its summary (scroll to bottom) on, "amends the Federal judicial code to deny jurisdiction to any court established by Act of Congress to hear or determine any claim that the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance violates the first amendment of the Constitution."

Since the bill is not expected to pass the Senate, it is being treated as no big deal. But the fact that one chamber of Congress went for the dismantling of our structure of government should send a chill down the spine of every freedom-loving person in the nation.

This legislation was brought to your cyberscribe's attention by National Journal's Earlybird alert service. Here's the Associated Press report.

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Hadn't thought of that

The back-and-forth continues on the merit, or lack thereof, of stating one's belief that Bush is going to win the presidential election. (Your blogstress must admit, however, that since her pronouncement, she now thinks Kerry has something of a shot with the Clinton team running the show.)

And so, after an exchange based around this e-mail from Michael Moore sent to your Webwench from Karen, Executrix of Jersey, your cyberscribe was brought up short by this, also from Karen:

I'm not sure we're going to win. I think we need to act like it,
though. If one of my kids winds up on a plane to Iraq, which I think is likely if Bush wins, I'm going to need to be able to tell myself that I did everything humanly possible to prevent it. I also don't want the Republicans to claim some bogus mandate for four more years of evil, which makes it important to claw for every non-Bush vote.

Your blogstress, having foregone motherhood for a life of minor debaucheries, had failed to factor in the possibility of many of the babies in her life, now grown to various stages of young adulthood, shipping out for Najaf.

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