Thursday, March 06, 2008

The Myth of the Rule of Law

The Myth of the Rule of Law: Stop! Before reading this article, please take the following quiz: The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States states, in part:

"Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech or of the press;"

On the basis of your personal understanding of the meaning of this sentence (not your knowledge of Constitutional law), please indicate whether you believe the following sentences to be true or false.

______ 1) In time of war, a federal statute may be passed prohibiting citizens from revealing military secrets to the enemy.
______ 2) The President can issue an executive order prohibiting public criticism of his administration.
______ 3) Congress may pass a law prohibiting museums from exhibiting photographs and paintings depicting homosexual activity.
______ 4) A federal statute can be passed prohibiting a citizen from falsely shouting "fire" in a crowded theater.
______ 5) Congress may pass a law prohibiting dancing to rock and roll music.
______ 6) The Internal Revenue Service may issue a regulation prohibiting the publication of a book explaining how to cheat on your taxes and get away with it.
______ 7) Congress may pass a statute prohibiting flag burning.