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The state of Constitutional justification in the House of Representatives

To nobody’s surprise, the GOP promise to cite Constitutional authority for every bill turns out to have been a meaningless promise.

Now some Republicans aren’t worrying too much about it. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., who introduced the NPR bill, filed a “Constitutional Authority Statement” that consisted entirely of six words: “Article I, Section 8, Clause 1.” For those of you scoring at home, that part of the Constitution allows Congress to “lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises.”

For what it’s worth, the Democrats haven’t embraced it, mostly just citing the Commerce Clause.

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Newt Gingrich is unhappy about the Prop 8 ruling

Newt has condemned yesterday’s wonderful federal court ruling. His main confusion seems to be about whether it’s constitutional for judges to over-turn voter-approved laws. (It is! That’s part of their job!)

Constitutional confusion aside, Newt seems to at least appreciate diversity of opinion. Admirably, the comments section has not been scrubbed of dissent, and here is the current highest-rated comment:

Which one of your multiple marriages was the most sacred to you?

Via Scocca

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It is patriotic and constitutional to remove God from government

[Palin] asserted that America needs to get back to its Christian roots and rejected any notion that "God should be separated from the state."

It’s frustrating to me that Sarah Palin claims to respect the constitution and calls her opponents unamerican, all the while speaking out against constitutional principles.

I think more should be made of the fact that demanding the government favor religion or faith is in fact unconstitional, unamerican, and unpatriotic.

Via Andrew Sullivan

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National day of blasphemy?

So, a federal judge has ruled that the national day of prayer is unconstitutional. There is no way in hell that this ruling will survive, so it’s not that big a deal. Daniel at Unreasonable Faith has an excellent suggestion though: A national day of blasphemy! I’m always a fan of fixing problems with more freedom rather than less.

Perhaps May 6th should be a day for both prayer and blasphemy.

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