Programming Note

Your humble Justice Editor will speak at a Center For American Progress event tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. titled “What Happens If The Tea Party Wins? The Conservative Effort to Make Everything Unconstitutional.” Here’s a taste from the event announcement:

There is an alternate universe where most of the Twentieth Century violates the Constitution — and a growing number of lawmakers live in it. Sen. Tom Coburn believes that Pell Grants, federal student loans and all other federal education programs violate the Constitution. Justice Clarence Thomas would strike down the national minimum wage and the ban on whites-only lunch counters. Senator Mike Lee believes that child labor laws, federal disaster relief, food stamps, the Food and Drug Administration, Social Security and Medicare are all forbidden.

Yet many of the same lawmakers who claim America is powerless to help students, workers, the jobless and the elderly imagine that the Constitution gives them sweeping power to trample on the rights of women and immigrants. In their vision, everything they oppose is forbidden, and much of what they support is mandatory.

RSVP to attend the panel here.