Congressional Accountability for Judicial Activism Act of 2004

I heard about this from a friend but didn’t believe it could be anything but a liberal ‘troll’. However, lo and behold, it is real; one of our august representatives in Congress, Ron Lewis (R.-KY), with 19 co-sponsors, has introduced a bill to allow Congress to reverse the judgments of the United States Supreme Court. Lewis makes no bones about the fact that the impetus for

“the modest solutions I intend to set forth, stem from the November ruling

by the Massachusetts Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages and the

subsequent rulings on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act

that have followed. America’s judicial branch has become increasingly overreaching and disconnected from the values of everyday Americans… The recent actions taken by courts in Massachusetts and elsewhere are demonstrative of a single branch of government taking upon itself the singular ability to legislate. These actions usurp the will of the governed by allowing a select few to conclusively rule on issues that are radically reshaping our nation’s traditions.”

There does not appear to have been much note of this idiotic example of conservative ‘thought’ (quotation marks are necessary, yes) in the weblogging world. I don’t know if that it is because it is beneath the radar, if everyone has already judged it beneath their dignity to comment on, or because it is clear that the bill, now in commmittee, will go nowhere. But shouldn’t there be an test on fundamental Constitutional principles or something before a cretin like Lewis gets to sit in Congress or propose a bill? You can look at Rep. Lewis’ voting history here but why bother? You know already what you will find. [thanks, Steve]