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ConsTEAtutional Amendments 0

Leonard Boasberg, writing at the Philadelphia Inquirer, wonders why, if teabaggers so revere the Constitution, they are so eager to amend it. A nugget:

The new Republican majority in the House of Representatives played to its tea-party base by opening the proceedings with a reading of the Constitution – well, most of it anyway, skipping some embarrassing parts, like that business about “three-fifths of all other persons.” But now let us turn our attention to how the tea-party folks would amend the document they regard with such reverence.

The so-called “repeal amendment,” if approved – which, fortunately, seems unlikely – would allow the repeal of any act of Congress or federal regulation by the legislatures of two-thirds of the states. Legislators in 12 states have come out in favor of this nutty idea, as have Virginia’s attorney general, Kenneth Cuccinelli, and the new majority leader in the House, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia.


Instead of reading the Constitution aloud, the Republican members of Congress might do better to read the Federalist Papers, written by Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay to explain and defend the Constitution to the then-disunited states. In Federalist No. 34, Hamilton countered those who objected to the idea that the laws of the United States would be the supreme law of the land.

“But what inference can be drawn from this, or what would they amount to, if they were not to be supreme?” he asked, and answered: “It is evident they would amount to nothing.”

Like phony preachers who wave the Bible while stuffing their pockets from the offertory, they like only the parts they like and so there!


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