Among conservatives, the current of resentment and fury-fired indignation at a Congress and President consistently overstepping their constitutional bounds runs deep and swift. Now come those who would divert this wide channel of displeasure into a percolating stream of revenue.
The latest (December 7) issue of The New American includes our second congressional scorecard on the 111th Congress. The scorecard, entitled “The Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution,” rates Congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements.
The not-a-vote-to-spare super majority that invoked cloture in the healthcare legislation in the Senate, thus placing deliberation of the bill on the top of the legislative agenda, reveals the pressing and unavoidable need for compromise among Democrats, some of whom are claiming to still be undecided as to whether or not they will support the bill as currently written.
The Obama administration's Solicitor General Elena Kagan has called for all 27 judges of the U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appealsa to rehear the seven-year-old baseball-steroid case, after an 11-judge “limited en banc” panel of the Ninth Circuit of Appeals, in a ruling on the case, adopted sweeping new rules for the employment of search warrants. It's a case where both the executive branch and the judicial branch exceeeded their constitutional authority.