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Who’s afraid of the Constitution?

In accordance with the GOP’s pledge to make adherence to the Constitution a priority in the 112th Congress, House members read the Constitution aloud on the House floor Thursday. The left met this seemingly innocuous action — after all, the Constitution is the foundation for our constitutional republic — with harsh criticism.

The New York Times lampooned Republicans as sanctimonious and potentially racist for pulling such a stunt.

“Certainly the Republican leadership is not trying to suggest that African-Americans still be counted as three-fifths of a person,” the Times’ editorial read.

In the Washington Post, E.J Dionne Jr. argued that those — such as the members of the Tea Party — who view the Constitution as infallible are foolish. According to Dionne, what is actually needed is a real debate over the adequacy of the document as it is currently written.

“An examination of the Constitution that views it as something other than the books of Genesis or Leviticus would be good for the country,” Dionne wrote, a sentiment his colleague, Greg Sargent, later echoed.

Michael Lind chimed in as well in Salon, comparing Republican fealty to the Constitution with the Confederacy’s attempt to retain their right to slavery.

“Now that the Republican Party, founded as a northern party opposed to the extension of slavery, is disproportionately a party of white Southern reactionaries, dominated by the political heirs of the Confederates and the segregationist Dixiecrats, the denunciation of many exercises of federal authority as illegitimate would have been predictable, even if the president were not a black Yankee from Abraham Lincoln’s Illinois,” Lind wrote.

With political opposition to the reading of Constitution so quickly morphing into visceral calls to reexamine the adequacy of the Constitution itself and allegations that constitutional adherents are racists, some now wonder: just why is the left so opposed to and even afraid of the Constitution?

Mike Franc, vice president of government relations for The Heritage Foundation, said the real reason the left eschews the Constitution is because of the restrictive nature of the text, something he compares to a vampire seeing a cross.

“What they are really afraid of is reading the actual words and abiding by them, because the Constitution is a limiting document,” Franc told The Daily Caller. “It does exactly what they fear the most.”

While Franc argued that the opposition is a product of the material within the Constitution, Thomas Mann, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told TheDC that the real critique is that the reading was more of a political stunt than a true attempt to understand the document.

“[It was] a cynical move to suggest that Congress routinely violates the Constitution in passing bills,” Mann wrote in an e-mail. “It makes one wonder how many of those reading passages actually understand its contents and meaning.”

Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin speculated that some of the opposition was a product of liberals’ frustration with the Tea Party movement and the power that movement now wields.

“I think that the anger over the reading of the Constitution, the embedding of the constitutional limits in these pieces of legislation is a proxy for their anger over the Tea Party,” Malkin said on “Fox and Friends” Thursday morning,

  • Bulldog1958

    Below is the oath of office taken by ALL Senators and Congressmen and Congresswomen BEFORE they can take office:

    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
    So please somebody tell me why these hypocrits take an oath to defend a document that they do not believe in?

    Credit for the quote goes to the website: http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/symbols/oaths.html.

  • oldguy5

    The Constituition is what supposedly governs this nation and what has made it the greatest nation in the world. If you don’t agree with it then make ammendments to it and lets see if the states will ratify the ammendments. That is how you are suppose to change it. Not ignore it or lie about it. The Constituition is exactly what it is. Our law.

    I’m all for ammending it where and when needed. These ammendments is what makes it dynamic. Do it the right way – propose ammendments to it, don’t just ignore and go around it.

  • bigdave

    Like the BAMSTER says…the COSTITUTION only says what you CAN NOT do, NOT WHAT YOU CAN DO….WHICH IS PUT THE COUNTRY IN DEBTORS PRISON FIRST, THEN DESTROY IT SECOND, SO HE WILL DO IT ANYWAY. WE ARE WHERE WE ARE BECAUSE THE DEGENERATE PARTY HAS BEEN IN CONTROL FOR SO LONG, AND JUST IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS UNDER THE WITCH PELOSI OUR DEBT HAS INCREASED BY 5 TRILLION DOLLARS! “DAMN THE CONSTITUTION, FULL SPEED AHEAD” IS THE MANTRA OF THE DEGENERATES AS WELL AS “BLAME EVERYTHING ON THE CORPORATIONS BECAUSE MANY PEOPLE ARE STUPID BEYOND BELIEF LIKE “DIE HARD”, THEY WILL BELIEVE EVERY LIE WE TELL THEM AND THE TRUTH IS WE SEE “PROFITS” AND WE WANT TO CLAIM THOSE PROFITS AND IF WE CAN’T DO IT WE WILL SEND IN THE UNION AND THEY WILL DO IT FOR US!”. RESULT? NO COMPANIES LEFT=JOBS GONE. DUH….

    • jelohman

      Yes, bigdave, MANY PEOPLE ARE STUPID BEYOND BELIEF. Are you telling us that Pelosi’s (whom I dislike immensely) raising of our debt had nothing to do with the massive tax cut boondoggle and deficit left by George W. Bush????

      • theprofessor

        Bush didn’t “leave” her anything — she grabbed it with both hands in November of 2006 and tripled it. Pelosi has been in charge of the purse-strings since Jan 2007 and has done nothing to reduce the deficit.

  • jelohman

    Who’s afraid of the Constitution?

    I am, especially when political bribery can be written off as “speech.” And for Boehner to claim that the “People’s House” is a vital part of it, when the House politicians are owned by corporate interests is laughable. Only public funding of campaigns will return our government to its owners, the people.

    Jack Lohman
    http://MoneyedPoliticians.net

  • Patrick Henry

    Die Hard:
    How are things on Mars?

  • The Die Hard

    All teabaglican reichwingnuts are idiots, liars, hypocrites, and paranoid schizos by definition, so of COURSE the regressive dark-ages thieves would immediately screech that we liberals rolling our eyes at their meaningless, time-and-money-wasting publicity stunt was “leftists attacking the Constitution!”

    That’s REALLY hilarious, coming from the marching moron fascists whose entire existence is built around violating the Constitution at every turn, from Chicken George and his illegal signing statements to every single one of the Bill of Rights except the latter part of the sentence of the 2nd Amendment.

    In typical two-toothed trailer-trash fashion, the repukeli-baggers rage about the “progressive agenda!”, which IS entirely in accordance with everything in the Constitution, while their own bootlicking of international billionaires violates every precept of the founding document that was intended to FREE us from the oppression of royalists.

    Teabagging scum would learn more from reading the D.C. phone book into the record. At least you could understand some of the words.

    Go ahead, quote me the 14th and 17th amendment, and why (and by whom) it was added. Hey, quote me just the Preamble. The WHOLE THING, racist bigots.

    http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_pre.html

    The religio-whacko Heritage Foundation and their ilk are the ones who fear and hate the “limits” in the Constitution, i.e., CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW. Again, it’s typical of neocon-nazis to accuse liberals of everything of which Murdoch’s marching morons are actually guilty.

    And oh yeah, reicher Mohammed, it’s too bad that sedition law you quoted isn’t better enforced, because it would put ALL OF YOU TEABGLICANS IN PRISON.

    Oh, THAT’S right, you repukeli-baggers haven’t believed that the law applies to YOU since idiot Reagan and Traitor One Bush.

    • bigdave

      Please, let us know WHO let you out of the ASYLUM! And, did they not inform you CRACK is ADDICTIVE and does even more harm to that little brain of yours? My, my, you sound like Obama, so in your delusional state we must remind you, NO, you are not the president! YOU WERE AN INMATE. Get back where you belong and put that straight jacket back on. IDIOT.

    • Fight4Freedom1776

      You sound like a case study as to why we should leave Obamacare in place.

      You obviously need to have someone else pay for your meds.

    • truebearing

      Die Hard,

      You back again? I wish people in the asylum would learn to flush twice. This is what happens when they don’t.

      • hampton

        He’s your mirror image, sweetums.

        • truebearing

          Hamster,

          He’s your father, cupcake.

    • thephranc

      I love all the name calling. Any takers on a pool if this coward backs any of his lies up?

      By the wall coward the Reich was socialist thus a leftist government and your using the term to defame the right only shows your absolute ignorance.

    • Does Mohammed

      I’m not a Republican nor a Conservative. I never voted for Bush. I am one of the group that actually decides elections – Independents.

      But, you can kiss my lily-white bum.

  • talibangelical

    So the Tea Party is dropping its opposition to the 14th Amendment?

    • thephranc

      Since when is the teaparty opposed to the 14th Amendment?

      Please answer this so I can expose your intellectual dishonesty.

  • erick1740

    Pretty much tells you all you need to know about the democrats, they are anti american piles of sh!t.

  • hampton

    Actually, the TPs don’t care about defending the Constitution. They only care about defending their interpretation of the Constitution.

    • truebearing

      Hampster,

      Your comment sounds like the projections of a leftist fool. Perhaps because it is.

      You had better be careful in what you pretend to support, because if you claim to support the ratified constitution, you then are at odds with Progressives/Marxists, therefore Obama, on every issue. Which is it, hamper?

    • thephranc

      The Constitution is clearly written and doesn’t need to be interpreted by the teaparty.

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