Jonah Goldberg has an amusing article at National Review on some Democrats’ peculiar ideas about how the various branches of the federal government should treat the United States Constitution: “Oh, That Weird Constitution!” Basically, he notes how various politicians and journalists of the Left have come to the idea that only the Supreme Court should concern itself with the Constitution. Congress and the President should do whatever they wish to do, and it is the Supreme Court’s job to decide if such actions are constitutional. For the legislative or executive branches to direct their actions based on the Constitution amounts to “[a]n extraconstitutional attempt to limit the powers of Congress [which] is dangerous even as a mere suggestion, and it constitutes an encroachment on the judiciary.” Goldberg then examines this idea logically and historically. Here is a wee excerpt:
Does anyone, anywhere, think legislators should vote for legislation they think is unconstitutional? Anyone? Anyone?
How about presidents? Should they sign such legislation into law?
Yet, according to this creepy logic, there’s no reason for congressmen to pass, obey, or even consider the supreme law of the land. Reimpose slavery? Sure! Let’s see if we can catch the Supreme Court asleep at the switch. Nationalize the TV stations? Establish a king? Kill every first-born child? Why not? It ain’t unconstitutional until the Supreme Court says so!
And of course, that means the president can’t veto legislation because it’s unconstitutional, because that’s apparently not his job. Wouldn’t want to “encroach” on the judiciary!
I know that I am given to asking rhetorical questions, but why isn’t this apparent to the Left? I assume that it is; consider the Democrats’ accusations against Bush during his years in the Oval Office. Our political life is saturated with power hungry liars with no shame or principles. They have no fidelity to facts, logic, or permanent commitments; they say and act only to advance themselves into positions of power.