February 20, 2004

Questionable jurisdictions

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at February 20, 2004 2:50 PM

If this isn't a bill "respecting an establishment of religion", I don't know what one is. (via Atrios, who quotes the relevant section.)

Question: Why is Congress allowed to dictate what the Supreme Court is and isn't allowed to review? It seems like that would allow Congress to pass some arbitrarily unconstitutional law and forbid the Supreme Court to review it. My guess is that for this very reason Congress does not have the authority to restrict the Supreme Court's jurisdiction, and that therefore this bill is a big unconstitutional pile of shit. More knowledgable people should feel free to correct me.

Also, if God really is the sovereign source of liberty, why is he so damn stingy with it? You'd think he could spare a little more liberty for some of the more downtrodden peoples of the world. But really, I'm just restating the problem of evil here.

Oh yeah, it's amusing that they call this the "Constitution Restoration Act of 2004". Presumably they intend to restore the Constitution to its pre-1791 state.


This proposed legislation is patently unconstitutional under Marbury v. Madison http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/facts/democrac/9.htm. This is boobhead grandstanding of the worst sort but probably to be expected in today's climate of boobhead grandstanding on all sides.

Posted by: Dad | February 20, 2004 4:35 PM

Ignoring the Constitution until somebody smacks you down seems to be the latest trend with politicians nowadays. (My impression is that dumbass bills like this are introduced all the time, but only a handful get noticed.)

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | February 20, 2004 4:52 PM

BTW I no longer get an email when you have posted a response to a comment with the text of the response. Is that by design, to keep people coming back and checking the blog?

Posted by: Dad | February 21, 2004 4:54 AM

It's a consequence of the fact that, unlike LiveJournal, Movable Type comments are not threaded, so there is no distinction between comments on the original post and replies to other comments. I do like threaded structures for discussions, so I see this as one of the few drawbacks of the software change.

However, it does (as you point out) have the useful feature of artificially raising blog traffic.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | February 21, 2004 10:51 AM
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