Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Oklahoma About to Get Schooled in Constitutional Law, Again!

I love Oklahomans.  Kind, earnest, hard working and friendly to a fault (just try driving any rural highway in the state and 7 out of 10 vehicles you meet, the driver will lift his hand off the wheel in the official  Okie salute hand wave).  Their politics is a whole 'nother story.

There are some things however, that Oklahomans are not.  Chief among the things they are not would have to be constitutional scholars.  For a state that prides itself on being all things Amerikan (Toby Keith spellin') you might wonder if any of their state legislators had ever read the document.

In a wave of xenophobic hysteria a few years back the Oklahoma legislature unanimously passed a ballot measure, the  "Save Our State" measure, that proposed to amend the State Constitution to forbid state courts from considering or using Shiria Law in its deliberative processes. Despite being laughably unconstitutional 7 out of 10 Okies voted to "Git er done!"

Predictably the Tenth Circuit struck down this piece of legislative garbage stating it did "...not identify any actual problem the challenged amendment sought to solve. Indeed, they admitted at the preliminary injunction hearing they did not know of even a single instance where an Oklahoma court had applied Sharia law or used the legal precepts of other nations or cultures, let alone that such applications or uses had resulted in concrete problems in Oklahoma."

Now you would think such a humiliating rebuke might have caused some in the Oklahoma legislature to pause, self-reflect, be a little more circumspect.  Oh no.  Apparently the Oklahoma legislature subscribes to the school of thought that it will really feel good when they stop slamming their rhetorical dick in the door.  Time to reload!  Next up from the state where every county voted for George W. Bush is the following piece of legislative stupidity:

     §74-4110.  Ten Commandments display monument.
     A.  This section shall be known and may be cited as the “Ten Commandments Monument Display Act”.
     B.  The State Capitol Preservation Commission or designee is hereby authorized to permit and arrange          for the placement on the State Capitol grounds of a suitable monument displaying the Ten                              Commandments.  The Ten Commandments monument shall use the same words used on the monument        at issue in Van Orden v. Perry, that the United States Supreme Court ruled constitutional.  This                      monument shall be designed, constructed, and placed on the Capitol grounds by private entities at no            expense to the State of Oklahoma.  The State Capitol Preservation Commission or designee is authorized      to assist private entities in selecting a location for the monument and arranging a suitable time for its                placement.
     C.  In the event that the legality or constitutionality of the Ten Commandments monument is challenged in      a court of law, the Oklahoma Attorney General or Liberty Legal Institute is hereby authorized to prepare      and present a legal defense of the monument.
     D.  The placement of this monument shall not be construed to mean that the State of Oklahoma favors          any particular religion or denomination thereof over others, but rather will be placed on the Capitol                grounds where there are numerous other monuments.
     [1] Added by Laws 2009, c. 204, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.

In perhaps one of the sweetest, sardonically humorous lessons in karma ever dished out as a lesson to the stupid and great unwashed, the red neck racist rabble that make up the Oklahoma legislature.  The Gee Gaws are being schooled on constitutional law by a group of Satan worshipers from, get this, NEW YORK CITY! (To quote the old Pace Salsa commercials.) It just don't get any better than this!

But wait!  Oh yes it does!  Just recently the satanists unveiled their design for a 7 foot tall, goat headed deity complete with a lap for children to sit on that they  intend to erect at the Oklahoma state Capitol, as a fitting monument no doubt, to the stupidity and lack of even the most basic understanding of constitutional law as displayed by the know nothing supporters of the Ten Commandments Monument..

Now I suppose we really should not be surprised by all this.  I mean, after all, this is the state that once housed the biggest joke of a "law school", the now bankrupt and defunct Oral Roberts whose only contribution to American jurisprudence was its most infamous alum, Michelle "Bat Shit Crazy" Bachmann.

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