The first order of business of the lame duck House of Representatives was to pass a resolution (as far as I know resolutions have no meaning) to oppose through federal legislation (which only has meaning if it is written, passed, signed into law, etc.) to ‘address’ (ban? regulate? tax? allow under only certain conditions?) the interstate sale and distribution of videos showing small animals being slowly crushed to death by women, using their bare feet or high heeled shoes.
The reason that this is a Tea Party defeat is that any such legislation would be valid under the Interstate Commerce Clause, which Tea Partiers, when they remember to think, insist is not constitutional.
Why is it not constitutional? Well, its a tricky argument which is difficult to explain but I’ll try.
See, the clause is part of the Constitution, which normally would make it Constitutional, rather than Unconstitutional. But it provides for and allows for all sorts of legislation that some Tabaggers, like Michel Bachmann, thought must be unconstitutional (most teabaggers fail to read past the Second Amendment. I mean, after all, who needs any other amendments once you’ve got the second one. And by “fails to read past” I mean “or before either” because the Commerce Clause is in Article I of the original main corpus of the Constitution, not in some whacky afterthought amendment like the right to due process or the right of free speech.)
So, if you knew before you knew anything about it that it was unconstitutional, and then you found out that it is actually one of the main parts of the original Constitution, then you can only assume that this is in the Unconstitutional part of the Constitution, also known as the Librul Hussein Obama Moslem Law part of the Constitution.
Perhaps the teabaggers will come to their senses when the new Congress comes to order. Then, they can redress this wrong and oppose any legislation impinging on the right of Americans to make and distribute videos of women crushing kittens and hamsters to death with their bare feet or high heels.
I have no idea why Sarah Palin and Michel Bachmann come so starkly to mind. I am now going to wash my brain out with Listerine.