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  1. Ahh . . . you put it in the Traffic Jam. No fair.

    I suspect we actually agree on more than is apparent, with perhaps a disagreement based on emphasis. Regardless, I will respond in a post, probably tomorrow.

    Comment by Scott Gosnell — Friday, September 16, 2005 @ 5:58 pm

  2. Yeah, that was much clearer! However, I think I got it the first time, and it was how I understood it in my post at F&V responding to your earlier one.

    OK, as long as we are in seance with Madison, what would he think of the very proces itself by which Byrd got this passed. Not the substance (a mandate on local schools, but the process: The idea of Constitution Day and its accmpanying mandate was not passed after open debate in Congress on the idea, but by a rider to an appropriations bill?

    I do not know at what point Congress started doing that (on all sorts of far more consequential matters), but I am pretty sure it was not a practice at the time the Federalist Papers were written.

    Comment by Matthew — Friday, September 16, 2005 @ 7:46 pm

  3. Constitutional irony

    Dr. Stephen Taylor discusses the irony of using aconstitutional methods to mandate teaching about the United States Constitution on Constitution Day.

    Trackback by Random Fate — Saturday, September 17, 2005 @ 5:03 am

  4. I figured the refs to Madison would get your attention ;)

    I honestly have no basis for determining what his response to the maneuver would have been.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Saturday, September 17, 2005 @ 11:53 am

  5. […] hole train rolling. . . . Steven Taylor continues to answer my previous post and examine (here and here) the problems “inherent in the system” of allowing Congress to use federal (taxpayer […]

    Pingback by A Knight’s Blog » Happy Constitution Day — Again — Saturday, September 17, 2005 @ 2:01 pm

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