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Friday, November 26, 2004


Baker Mitchell

1. The 1st A refers ONLY to the Federal Congress - "Congress shall make no law..." and note the Enumerated Powers clause.
2. The individual states can make all the laws about religion that they wish. (Note: there is a prohibition against religious oaths for federal officers and judges but state officers and judges are allowed to be required to take a religious oath.)
3. Most of the states, at the time the Constitution was written, had official state religions. (Freedom of religion meant that you could worship with your feet.)
4. Only the Surpreme Court is a creation of the Constitution. All the appelate courts, district courts, etc. and the rest of the federal judiciary are/were created by legislation. If the legislature gets tired of competition from the bench, they can dissolve these benches if they wish. So let's add to the list: tax reform, tort reform, and, now, judicial reform!
5. Why doesn't spel ckieck werk in this tex bxo?

Tribe of Dan

As I set here in my comfortable home watching the lights on the Christmas tree and surfing wirelessly on my laptop, I think of the folks that put together a county that has made it possible. Where else in the world could an average person with little wealth enjoy such things to the extent that we take them for granted?

I am reminded of the story of the signing of the constitution. While old and suffering greatly from the Philadelphia heat and a progressive case of dropsy, Ben Franklin sat and scanned the room. Maybe, his ever-inquiring mind was searching for something to weigh the gravity of the moment. He saw a half-sun carved on the back of a chair. In a wonderful analogy, he commented that he did not know if that was a rising sun or a setting sun.

“I have the course of this session...looked at that...without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting; but now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun.”

I wonder what Ben would say now?

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