Condescending lectures on the Constitution don’t work when you think it’s 400 years old
Remember what Ezra Klein said about our old Constitution?
“The issue of the Constitution is that the text is confusing because it was written more than 100 years ago and what people believe it says differs from person to person and differs depending on what they want to get done.”
The internet remembers.
Proving that “great minds” think alike, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) proclaimed the Constitution has guided our nation for “some 400 years.” (h/t HotAir):
Frankly, maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman, and others for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years operating under a Constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not. The Enforcement Act is not constitutional, but it gives us an opportunity to raise these issues. That’s what freedom is, that’s what the opportunity of democracy is all about.
Of course, the Constitution was in fact ratified in 1788, when New Hampshire became the 9th of the 13 states to adopt it. By 1790, all 13 states had agreed to ratification.
We wish Rep. Jackson Lee’s continued success in Congress, and Ezra Klein success at Vox.com.DONATE
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