Hands Off Our Founding Document You Liberal A**Holes!

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On June 23, 2011, Time magazine published an essay entitled One Document, Under Siege” (one page version, here) by Richard Stengel.  I consider the publication of this article to be nothing less than a scandal.  Besides the deep philosophical disagreements I have with Mr. Stengel, the piece simply fails as journalism.  As I will demonstrate in this post, there were fourteen objectively verifiable errorsin Mr. Stengel’s piece, half of which could have been discovered simply by reading the Constitution itself.

I will lay out all of the false claims and evidence in a moment, but let me preview the most egregious error in the article, when Mr. Stengel wrote this:

If the Constitution was intended to limit the federal government, it sure doesn’t say so.

As one commenter wrote: “I had to read it twice to believe my eyes. Time really did say this.”  And while I will prove definitively in a moment that he is wrong, I suspect every single person reading this knows it already.

The fact that this and thirteen other egregious errors appeared in Time at all is bad enough.  But further, it was a cover story:

And look at the top left corner.  This is their history issue.

It is also scandalous because of who wrote the piece.  The author is not only the Managing Editor for Time, but he spent two years as President and CEO of the National Constitution Center.  And even today, he works with the National Constitution Center’s Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution, whose stated mission is “to help both professional journalists and students interested in journalism understand constitutional issues more deeply.”  That is right.  He is there to help journalists understand the Constitution better.

So I will present to you fourteen clear errors Mr. Stengel has made in his article, starting with the most egregious errors.  Here are the fourteen errors, in short:

  • The Constitution does not limit the Federal Government.
  • The Constitution is not law.
  • The Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment emancipated the slaves.
  • The Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment granted the right to vote to African Americans.
  • The original Constitution declared that black people were to be counted as three-fifths of a person.
  • The original, unamended Constitution prohibited women from voting.
  • The Commerce Clause grants Congress the power to tax individuals based on whether they buy a product or service.
  • Inter arma enim silent leges translates as “in time of war, the Constitution is silent.”
  • The War Powers Act allows the president to unilaterally wage war for sixty days.
  • We have only declared war five times.
  • Alexander Hamilton wanted a king for America.
  • Social Security is a debt within the meaning of Section Four of the Fourteenth Amendment.
  • Naturalization depends on your birth.
  • The Obamacare mandate is a tax.

When I am done with this post, I am going to make a bleg where I ask you to try to help get out the word about this egregiously incorrect cover story.  So stay tuned to the end (or jump ahead if you feel like it).

But first here, point-by-point, is proof that each one of those claims are incorrect.


False Claim #1: The Constitution does not limit the Federal Government.




 Just a word for Mr. Stengel and Time magazine, this is our founding document, written by men more intelligent and relevant than you can ever hope to be. We don’t need your half-assed interpretation of it’s meaning, we know what it means and what it stands for and TRUE AMERICANS (unlike yourselves) will defend it to their last breath.

Tom in NC


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6 responses to “Hands Off Our Founding Document You Liberal A**Holes!

  1. I’ll keep an eye open for when it’s ready. I’ll share it with some friends, and put the link my own blog, later today.

  2. It is no wonder that Time put this analysis in their magazine. They are true liberals to the core. We cannot expect truth and accuracy. They serve a different master!


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  4. An Excellent Comment From: https://www.orlytaitzesq.com/?p=23356#comments

    “Sovereign Soul
    June 29th, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

    Many bloggers strongly attest that aka Obama CAN NOT BE IMPEACHED — ONLY LEGITIMATE incumbents can be impeached. There’s strong possibility that aka may not even BE a citizen of the USA! It IS known that at about age 10, he was adopted by an Indonesian step-father and thus became an Indonesian citizen.

    There are NO documents shown that would indicate that aka [“Obama”] ever regained any putative claim to be an American citizen. Impeachment is for legitimate, American citizens. The presidency is the only office where the NATURAL BORN type of citizen is required — and for just the reasons we have seen in the acts of this treasonous office holder.

    HE [“Obama”] MUST BE ARRESTED for his criminal actions — many of which are now public record. Impeachment is for Nancy Pelosi and all others who lied to get aka’s [The Current 100% Foreign Indonesian Citizen Imposter who is a 100% Undocumented Illegal Alien, & a 100% Undocumented Illegal Immigrant, & a 100% Dictator Terrorist Usurper Imposter, a 100% Foreign & Domestic Enemy Treasonous Traitor, a 100% Communist Marxist/Islamist Muslim Domestic Terrorist Usurper, & the 100% Daily Serial Career Criminal, Barack Hussein Obama’s] name on the ballots.”

    * * * * * * *

  5. The Big Lie… Joseph Goebbels ain’t got nuthin’ on this dude.

    For leftards, it’s “living document” for everything they want to force upon everyone else… then they like it.

  6. The Constitution does restrain the Federal Government. Unfortunately, it does not limit it enough according to the recent iterations of the Supreme Court. Of course, the Supreme Court is made up of lawyers intent upon fulfilling the desires of the Corporatocracy. The Coraporatists are, and nothing less than, fascists, according to the well known definition of Mussolini, and he knew of what he spoke.

    As for impeachment, I believe it is arrest first, but impeach? Not unless he’s really legitimately there. I am, however, not completely decided on that one.

    Thanks for the list of falsehoods.

    My personal favorite is No. 2. The Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land. Nothing more, nothing less. Now, he didn’t really say the Constitution isn’t a law did he?

    Tom, go for it. I believe Time needs some “time” with Charlotte Isserbyt.


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