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Memo to Barack Obama: CONSTITUTIONAL WHAT SCHOLAR AGAIN?

When conservatives on the Internet, aping Sarah Palin because they've been fooled into thinking it's a good idea by "liberals" making fun of her, say "how's that hopey changey stuff workin' out for ya", they think they're scoring a hit on disappointed liberals.

And they're right. Hopey changey isn't working out very well. From the Heritage Foundation's health care plan, to the continuing opening of Gitmo, to the belief in cruise missiles as panacea, there's only so many times I can look at the admirable things he's done for gay rights and have it, you know. Help.

But they're also wrong. Because they think it hasn't worked out because Obama's an incompetent, lazy, bumbler who can't do anything right. Obama is accomplishing nearly everything he wants to accomplish, except maybe filling judicial openings. It's not the things he's failing at that disappoint me, it's the things he's succeeding at. Case in point.

"Lawyers for the administration and two groups of lawmakers from the House and Senate, nearly all Republicans, separately made that argument in briefs to the Supreme Court this week. The high court should relax the constitutional limits on religious invocations at government meetings, they argued."

The current constitutional limits, by the way, are already too fucking relaxed. You can talk about God, you can invoke God, you can praise God, you can have everyone bow their heads to God. But if you mention Jesus, then everyone will know you mean the Christian God, and that means you're promoting a specific religion, and that's out of bounds.

Of course, everyone fucking well knows which God they mean. It's the same tacit endorsement of Christianity inherent in 98% of American elections. But that's not good enough. They wanna say Jesus, and the Obama administration wants to let them.

See, the Obama administration's view is that even though most (all, before they got called out on it, and now most) of the prayers at the town council meetings of the Upstate New York town at the center of the case, were Christian, that doesn't mean they were endorsing Christianity, even though most of the prayers specifically mentioned Christ or Christianity.

It's just infuriating. The unofficial state religion of the United States couldn't be unofficial enough, I guess. We can't be left to assume that the generic theism we pretend is inclusive is actually Christianity. We have to know, every time we go before a government agency, that Jesus is the default condition. Or, more accurately, they have to be able to tell us, because otherwise, they're not free.

And if we don't like it, well, tough shit.