“I have wondered at times,” Ronald Reagan reportedly mused, “what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.”
I think it’s a fair assessment to say that if the Ten Commandments passed through the gristmill of today’s Congress, the Senate would refuse to take them up for consideration, and then would blame the Republican House for obstructing God’s business. In the House, the Ten Commandments would be seen as a set of proposals to begin negotiations. A good first start, but clearly in need of changes. The House Dems would propose amendments and we’d be left with vastly more than ten commandments.
We’d end up with two thousand pages of commandments that must be passed before knowing what they are. Running the Ten Commandments through Congress would prove messy — sorta like Reagan’s proverbial comparison of governments and babies: both have “an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”