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    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: The Constitution is even older than Ezra Klein thinks

    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: The Constitution is even older than Ezra Klein thinks

    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.

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    …and then Guam capsized…


     
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    Silverfox031 | March 15, 2014 at 11:42 am

    It is unbelievable idiots like this are not held accountable for their stupidity and removed from office.


     
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    platypus | March 15, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Heh. Another shameless effort to appeal to low info voters. Pfft!


     
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    Alex Bensky | March 15, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    It’s worth bearing in mind that Ms. Jackson-Lee was involved a few years ago in some sort of dust-up, I think it was over whether she should be driven two blocks in a limousine. Her response was that she was a queen and should be treated like a queen.

    I need hardly point out to anyone reading this that claiming as a congresswoman you are like a queen is not really in keeping with the constitution’s contemplation about what an elected representative should be or think of herself.

    Nevertheless, she keeps getting re-elected. Her constituents deserve her.

    blah, blah…”…lasted 400 years, operating under a constitution, that clearly defines, what is constitutional and what is not.”

    In other words, it’s a good thing we have rules, otherwise, we wouldn’t know what the rules are.


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