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For the record, the Flag Protection Act of 1989 passed the House by a vote of 380-38 and the Senate by a vote of 91-9.  The Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional in United States v. Eichmann, 496 U.S. 310 (1990).

"Ultimately I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress," President Obama said.  Whatever else may be said on this topic, "unprecedented" is preposterous.


Preposterous about sums it up. The only question is whether the "unprecedented" remark was MORE preposterous than the "strong majority" remark. The ACA passed the House by 219-212, and had not a single vote to spare in overcoming a Senate fillibuster.

One must wonder what the reaction in the mainstream media would be if a conservative President tried publicly to belittle and intimidate the Supreme Court -- as Obama has done before -- and did so by simply re-inventing history.

Could this stand as an example of the rule that "Where you stand depends on where you sit." ?

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