Wednesday, April 7, 2010

There was one?

"In these volatile times when we are a nation at war, now more than ever is when we need a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professor lecturing us from a lectern."

Sarah Barracuda Palin, March, 2010

One supposes that the former 1/2 governor, and noted geographer, is speaking of the former president in terms of being a strong military leader. The noted patriot and Air Force Reserve pilot George Bush. Yes.

But Jay Leno made a good point the other night, saying that America is the only country where you can insult someone by calling them a "teacher." What in blue blazes is wrong with being a constitutional law professor? It seems to me that we could use a few more people in this country - heck, in this state - who know something about the Constitution.

The first thing that anyone hollers when a law is passed that, they feel, impinges upon their right to follow their habitual pursuits, is, "It's unconstitutional!" (I also have heard, "it's inconstitutional," but no matter.)

I am not a constitutional expert by any means, but we certainly need them to help us stay on the right course around here. And should Mrs Palin someday be elected president, let us hope that she will name someone of Mr Obama's acuity and mental greatness as a constitutional adviser. The framers of that great document had the foresight and wisdom, over 200 years ago, to foresee so much, and the fact that this vital document is still the living law of the land pays testament to their vision.

You betcha they even saw the day when people would be entranced by a huntin' fishin' hockey mom, and pay attention to her shrill bleatings. And here she comes again, demonstrating her firm grasp on how our nation's laws work...When asked by ABC in July, 2009, why she felt she would not have to go through the same ethics investigations that wound up with her resigning as governor of the state of Alaska, she said:

"I think on a national level your Department of Law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we've been charged with and automatically throw them out."

Sarah, there ain't no "Department of Law" "there" in the White House. Ask any constitutional law professor.


Anonymous said...

Do you mean to tell me the business cards, I just had made saying I work in the office of the Department of Law ARE NO GOOD!!!! AHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Mark said...

Yes - take 'em back for a refund!