Ruling Class author urges Bill of Attainder against Speaker over health care: the Constitution.
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Codevilla points out with some understatement that members of what he calls the Ruling Class — let’s just call them Democrats in this example — would arise, suddenly alarmed. They would demand, heatedly no doubt, as to where in the Constitution any authority exists to prosecute the former Speaker, now simply a Congresswoman from California and possibly the Minority Leader, with such an outrageously un-constitutional piece of legislative, well, garbage.
At which point: a hearing is called to discuss the bill.
This is where Codevilla’s perceptive point gathers steam.
You have to love the institution of the congressional hearing. In practice, 90% of them are boring if necessary, and sometimes they aren’t necessary. But there is that 10% where the media suddenly swarms, sniffing a really good story that packs personality, politics and everything from sex (the Clinton impeachment) to drugs (any current hearing on border security) to rock and roll (the long ago hearings that summoned forth a concerned Tipper Gore, wife of then Senator Al Gore, to discuss the government’s role in labeling rock lyrics for anxious parents).
But a hearing to strip a former Speaker of the House of her rights and explore an ex post facto prosecution removing any possibility for judicial review? This is sex, drugs and rock and roll in Washington.
And therein lies the teachable moment on exactly how and why Pelosi’s disdain for the Constitution — a disdain shared in countless forms over the decades — should be used to educate a new generation of Americans.
The Pelosi Prosecution hearings should be a wide open exploration of the U.S. Constitution itself. And not something just designed for a congressional hearing room, either. This is the moment to enlist the aid of colleges, foundations, and others in initiating discussions of the Constitution across America and in the media.
In fact, Hillsdale College has already been doing this, and will have another round of discussion this very week.
Hillsdale’s focus this week will be topics such as::
• “Free Markets, Regulation and the Constitution”
• “Howard Zinn and Civic Education”
• “Does Tea Party Constitutionalism Have a Future?”
• “Founding Father” (presented by National Review’s Richard Brookheiser)
• “How to Interpret the Constitution: A Debate”
• “Civil Liberties and Islamic Terrorism: A Debate”
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