Monday, April 20, 2009

Supreme Court leak: Earth Day review of the separation of powers?


WASHINGTON (DP) News has leaked that the Supreme Court Justices will spend Earth Day together, digging into the constitutional issues involved with the "greening" of the White House. A reliable source said this meeting would not be a garden-variety gathering of the Justices, but would take place sub rosa.

There are budding concerns about recent congressional support for sustainable gardening practices at the White House. Congress provided seed money to purchase sheep for the White House lawn, and it set up committees to work in the White House vegetable garden. This congressional intervention with the Executive Mansion may have violated the separation of powers dictated by the U.S. Constitution.

An informal judicial review could be an effective way to get to the roots of the tangled relationship between the legislative and executive branches.

It is hoped that the Court's meeting will not become an occasion for raking up dormant disagreements about constitutional law. The Justices typically clump together at opposite ends of the judicial spectrum, and they may have to be lifted and divided in order to find common ground.

The Court's Public Information Officer refused to comment on the Earth Day meeting, and it is entirely possible that this leaked story is simply a plant.


9 comments:

tina said...

I hope there are some gardeners amongst Congress so they can get some real 'digging' done, as this gardening thing is VERY serious business.:)

Daffodil Planter said...

Tina, Yes, I'm counting on Rep. Clay and his Soil Committee to do a lot of the dirty work ;-)

Catherine said...

Brilliant!

SusanGardenChick said...

After digging through your post in an effort to understand the complex, interdependent relationship between the court and the white house, I became so overheated that a cool drink from the garden hose was required to keep me from wilting.

Daffodil Planter said...

Catherine, So glad you enjoyed it!

Susan Garden Chick, Hope you didn't trip over a patch of Stare decisis (a groundcover popular at the Supreme Court building) on your way to the hose.

Michelle said...

Hmm, just what manure pile were you rooting around in to dig up the dirt on this Supreme court escapade?

Daffodil Planter said...

Michelle, Some guy asked me to meet him in a parking garage in DC. Wouldn't give his name.

Jenny said...

I agree with you that the Supreme Court justices are overdue for lifting and dividing. The Court shows all the symptoms of being overgrown and in need of revitalization--the diminished blooming (especially in the center of the clump), the invasion beyond its proper boundaries, the thick mass of tangled roots. A perennial problem.

Daffodil Planter said...

Jenny, As a landscaping professional you provide your usual insightful analysis--thank you! At the Court there is also the difference in structure between the Justices. Some tend to ramble, while others have an upright and dense habit.