Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Constitution, What Constitution? -- Update

In a previous post, I commented on the unconstitutional effort now underway in the U.S. Senate to give the District of Columbia a voting seat in the House of Representatives.

There is a more authoritative discussion of this issue here, including the following from liberal constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley:

It would be ridiculous to suggest that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention or ratification conventions would have worked out such specific and exacting rules for the composition of Congress, only to give the majority of Congress the right to create a new form of voting members from federal enclaves like the District. It would have constituted the realization of the worst fears for many delegates, particularly Anti-Federalists, to have an open-ended ability of the majority to manipulate the rolls of Congress and to use areas under the exclusive control of the federal government as the source for new voting members.

To the present administration in Washington, the Constitution is not a work to be venerated and obeyed, but rather an obstacle to be overcome or simply ignored.

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