I try to have toleration for people with different viewpoints than me. There’s nothing I respect more than loyal opposition.
But it’s hard for me to respect conservative House Republicans. I truly feel that many of them have no concept of how our government works.
Here’s their latest foray into stupidity:
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Congressional Accountability for Judicial Activism Act of 2004′.
SEC. 2. CONGRESSIONAL REVERSAL OF SUPREME COURT JUDGMENTS.
The Congress may, if two thirds of each House agree, reverse a judgment of the United States Supreme Court–
(1) if that judgment is handed down after the date of the enactment of this Act; and
(2) to the extent that judgment concerns the constitutionality of an Act of Congress.
SEC. 3. PROCEDURE.
The procedure for reversing a judgment under section 2 shall be, as near as may be and consistent with the authority of each House of Congress to adopt its own rules of proceeding, the same as that used for considering whether or not to override a veto of legislation by the President.
SEC. 4. BASIS FOR ENACTMENT.
This Act is enacted pursuant to the power of Congress under article III, section 2, of the Constitution of the United States.
You don’t need to be a lawyer to know how preposterously unconstitutional this is. All you need is a 7th grade civics education. And these guys (not ALL House Republicans are this way, mind you) don’t have it.
And I’m sure everyone catches the irony of an unconstitutional bill which permits Congress to decide the constitutionality of its own acts. The bill itself is the best argument for its own defeat — because obviously, those in Congress (at least, those sponsoring the bill) wouldn’t know the constitutionality of their legislation if it came up and bit them in their collective asses!