By Kevin Davis
[Originally published at Divided Under God on June 7, 2013]
In recent months, several legislators have wasted public funds by proposing legislation that would either circumvent Constitutional law, or is redundant because of Constitutional protection, in order to further their personal agendas.
For example, in April of 2013, North Carolina state officials attempted to pass a bill that would allow them to declare a state religion – a clear violation of the First Amendment. Legislators felt the Establishment Clause did not apply to the states, displaying their lack of awareness of the Fourteenth Amendment and related Supreme Court decisions. Presumably because of national attention and public outcry from non-Christians, the proposal was shot down before anyone was able to vote on it.
In May of the same year, the Louisiana House and Senate passed a bill they called the Civil Liberties Defense Act. The bill was nicknamed the “anti-Sharia bill” because of its basic intention. It stated that no foreign law could be adopted or enforced in Missouri if it did not coincide with the Missouri or US constitutions. The creators of this bill were intending to prevent Sharia Law from being enacted in Missouri, although no threat of such thing has ever been detected (MO has a Muslim population of less than 0.8%). SB-267 was later vetoed by the level-headed governor of MO, Jay Nixon, who deemed it unnecessary, saying it “seeks to solve a problem that does not exist.” The bill was a true waste of time and money, since the US is already protected by way of the First Amendment.
These are just a couple examples of proposed legislation that even a first-year undergraduate law student would laugh at as completely ridiculous. These bills are a complete waste of taxpayer money. Instead of dealing with real problems faced in the US, lawmakers have shifted their focus onto nonsense proposals that violate the US Constitution, and their colleagues have supported them wholeheartedly.
In order to help prevent such waste, a petition has been created on whitehouse.gov to require any person running for city, county, state, or federal government positions to take and pass a test on the US Constitution. Please help support this positive change by clicking the link below to read and sign the petition and share the link on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Reddit, and all other social media sites you use.
Sign and share the petition here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/add-eligibility-requirement-running-public-office-candidates-must-pass-test-us-constitution/3SS7fxJp
Can anyone rationally argue against our elected officials having Constitutional knowledge?