Posts Tagged ‘unconstitutional’

The Unconstitutionality That Dare Not Speak its Name

October 26th, 2010 No comments

Brian Bond, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, says in an email to activists in advance of today’s DADT meeting:

Obviously this meeting has gotten out. We are expecting the content of the conversation today to be off the record and to help us figure out how to move forward with the lame duck session.

Also as previously mentioned, there can be no discussion of current court cases or legal strategy or Counsel’s Office will end the meeting. The focus is repeal and the lame duck session. This is also a non-partisan meeting where we want everyone’s help.

So the meeting was supposed to be secret, and it’s still “off the record.” Maybe that makes sense politically.

Then the hammer: the meeting will end if the judicial challenge is so much as mentioned. Not surprising, since one of the participants might try — again — to get an Administration official to say what, so far, hasn’t been said:

We think this law is unconstitutional.

We, the People (Sometimes Forget the Very Document those Words Came From)

April 29th, 2010 3 comments

After reading the summary of this poll, can anyone seriously argue that it’s a good idea to allow people to vote on others’ civil rights? Without the cooling crucible of the legislature, all sorts of things would pass — including, say, bans on marriage equality.

But where legislation has to survive scrutiny and opposition from people who understand law and history, it’s much less likely — though, as Arizona has just shown — not impossible for the most blatantly unconstitutional and anti-American laws to get through. Or maybe not.