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National Day of Theocracy: A Poll

Posted by Larry Wallberg on 05/05/2010

The Constitution is not subject to polls. In fact, the Bill of Rights was written specifically to ensure that certain liberties of American citizens could not be voted away by our ignorant majority.

So it’s beneath contempt for a newspaper to run an opinion poll asking the idiot public whether or not such-and-such a governmental act is in accordance with the Constitution. The views of readers, whether they’re biased or not, don’t matter. Certain fundamental rights are inviolable in this country, no matter how Fox-ergized the masses become.

Nonetheless, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, my one-time employer, has chosen to solicit a legal opinion from the brilliant NASCAR fans, bikers, and spring-breakers that make up its readership. Query: Do you think the National Day of Prayer is unconstititonal?

That question has already been asked and answered in one Federal court. On April 15, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb, writing for the Western District of Wisconsin, said yes, it IS unconstitutional. In her opinion (excerpts of which you can read in this news release), she enjoined the president from enforcing a law that called for all Americans to fall down on their knees before the power of the theocrats. However, she did add that the injunction wouldn’t go into effect until the appeals process runs its course — which means, ultimately, until a decision is rendered by the Supreme Papal Authorities. (Reminder: Two-thirds of the Justices are Roman Catholic, and every single one of the so-called “conservatives” on the bench is a member of that group.)

So, breathing a pious sigh of relief for yet another opportunity to pander to the religious zealots who seek to control the government, our nation’s Constitutional Scholar-in-Chief, Barack “Drill, Jesus, Drill” Obama, proceeded to issue a presidential proclamation that flies in the face of Judge Crabb’s well-reasoned Opinion and Order.

Since we can predict with some degree of certainty that at least five Supreme Court Justices will answer “no” to the question, there’s little practical point in your casting your own vote. Still, you might just be pissed off enough to take part in the poll. I was. If you are, too, and you’d like to just say YES, here’s your opportunity. (When the page loads, give it a second to take you by the e-hand and lead you directly to the choices offered.)

Be sure to watch for next week’s moronic poll: Should freedom of speech be unconstitutional during stock car races?

18 Responses to “National Day of Theocracy: A Poll”

  1. Since I didn’t have the newspaper to guide me and help me with my opinion because I don’t read that newspaper (and won’t) I was conflicted. I wanted to vote your way, but then I would be a droid.

    I sucked it up and voted “no opinion.”

    Isn’t it sad that the newspaper panders their readers and doesn’t have the guts to do a little education via their opinion page.

    But when Barry gets to add a Supreme, it might get interesting when this case comes up

    Your poll question is a winner.

  2. Going:
    … when Barry gets to add a Supreme, it might get interesting when this case comes up
    Nah. Barry will be replacing John Paul Stevens, arguably the Supremes’ most “liberal” justice. With the November elections in mind, the Panderer-in-Chief will probably nominate someone who can get a quick up vote. So I’m afraid that the Court will ultimately take a jog even further to the right.

  3. Jesus. 78% believe it’s not unconstitutional. Must be the same people who believe that Jesus answers their prayers.

    The entire opinion is very good reading if you’re so inclined.

  4. SI:
    You’re right. There’s a link on the FFRF site, but it loads kinda slowly, at least on my computer — as did the link you originally included in your comment. I don’t think you’ll mind that I’ve substituted a different link to the same document.

  5. Funny, when I read the USA Today article, I was struck more by the idiots who thought it was ok rather than the ones thinking their god answers prayers. The latter is like pondering if Mighty Mouse is stronger than Superman; it’s meaningless, fictional crap. The former, however, has to do with reality, namely the Constitution. One could actually look at the damn thing and see the answer. It’s like if I stood before you and asked, “what color are my shows?” You could guess, but why the fuck would you do that? You’d look.

    Now I think those idiots’ responses are not so much that they didn’t look (although I’ll bet nearly all never have and never will), but they don’t give a shit what it says unless it says what they want to hear. Since that’s how they use the Christian bible, they figure they can do the same thing with the Constitution I guess. Here are two poll questions that would be much more interesting:

    1) Have you read the Constitution?

    2) Do you care what it says?

  6. Shoes, damn it! It’s been a long day.

  7. Philly:
    It’s been a long day.
    Yes, it’s time to kick off your shows and relax.
    By the way, I don’t know who’s stronger, but I’ve heard that Superman has built a better Mighty Mousetrap.

  8. srsny said

    78% believe it’s not unconstitutional

    You think maybe there are 3 times as many blogs sending them to vote?

  9. Srsny:
    Take a peek at some of the comments on the related article, and then think about whether the people who wrote those are likely to be reading blogs. Daytona Beach is not famous for its literary life.

  10. I, for one, appreciate democracy in law-interpretation. In some parts of the country, democratic law-interpretation became frowned upon. The resulting anti-lynching movement has been destroying Confederate American values.

  11. Des:
    God bless American mobs.

  12. Postman said

    Sheesh, Larry. You’ve worked for some real wankers, haven’t you? Come back next week for the News-Journal online poll: “Are Philly’s shoes really black? You decide.”

  13. Postie:
    Actually, the paper has changed hands since I was there many years ago. The wankers I worked for leaned slightly to the left. The wankers who own it now, according to godless commie friends who still live in the Daytona area, lean more than slightly to the right.

    Never having seen Philly’s shoes — but being a patriotic American — I’m obviously qualified to express an opinion about them. So I vote that they’re red Keds, about size 18, the very kind of footwear that Jesus abhors.

  14. the chaplain said

    Should freedom of speech be unconstitutional during stock car races?

    Wrong question. It should read:

    Should stock car races be declared unconstitutional?

    Stock car races don’t do my constitution any good at all.

  15. Chappy:
    I don’t care about those races as long as the President doesn’t proclaim a National Day of NASCAR.

  16. He can proclaim an acknowledgment of NASCAR, but he can’t call for people to engage in NASCAR activities like driving without making right turns (which would send NJ drivers to either the North Pole or into the Keys), shaving your favorite driver’s number into your back, or drinking enough Budweiser to pass out and wake up to something like this.

  17. Philly:
    Which one of those people is Billy Graham?

  18. the chaplain said

    The clean-shaven guy (relatively speaking) looks a bit like Billy’s son, Franklin.

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