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December 30, 2010

Ezra Klein: The Constitution is Hard to Understand Because It's Old or Something

It's old man.

Conservatives (thanks in large part to the Tea Party movement) have promoted awareness of the Constitution to the American people, natural rights, limited governmental power. Nora (accept the pudding! oh you will accept the pudding Nora) calls this "lip service". So the MFM must try to marginalize it. Klein must have skimmed over the part about "effective techniques" in the talking points memo, and instead chose the brainy approach, "nobody can understand what it means because it's "over 100 years old".

Really? That's it, it's inscrutable because it's over 100 years old? Thank goodness our betters are super-smart so they can tell us what it really means.

Here's something else that's more than 100 years old.

"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself."

- James Madison, Federalist #51

Very difficult to understand, so old. The Constitution defines the role of government, and places constraints upon its power. I may have to read that again, there's lots of more than 100 year old words in it.

Memo to Ezra "the Constitution is Too Damn Old" Klein: before the new Republican members of the House of Representatives read the Constitution in the 112th Congress, they're going to swear an oath to uphold and defend it.

It's not a gimmick.


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