The law seeks to increase the penalties on those who commit violence against women.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller and other Democrats want to extend this coverage to gays, lesbians and native tribes. Republicans balk.
The American Civil Liberties Union originally opposed the law in 1994 on the grounds that the increased penalties were harsh, and stricter pre-trial detention violated the Constitution. Conservatives agreed.
The Supreme Court struck down a portion of the law as unconstitutional in 2000.
The court should have rejected the entire law. The Constitution leaves to the states to handle such matters as domestic violence.
In town to work up public sentiment for continuing this redundant, unnecessary and unconstitutional law, Rockefeller cited the tragic case of the lad who bolted from the car and tried to flag down help on the interstate for his mother as her boyfriend beat her.
A car struck and killed the boy.
But the Kanawha County prosecutor's office is quite capable of prosecuting the boyfriend for murder without federal assistance.
What Rockefeller and his 99 fellow senators, the 435 representatives and the president he waited for all his life should do is concentrate on balancing the budget.
More than half a century ago, Sen. Barry Goldwater wrote, "I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size.
"I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden."
He must have read Tacitus. Mitt Romney should, too.
Surber may be reached at donsur...@dailymail.com.