How To Read The Constitution

Oscar:  Howse come them people in the Congress spent all that time reading the constitution?

MacIntosh:  They were teaching the new congressmen to read the constitution like a teabagger.

Oscar:  Teabaggers read it different?.

MacIntosh:  Oh yeah…they got skills.

Oscar:  Howse they do it?

MacIntosh:  They know how to read the parts they like and ignore the other parts.   It’s like the 2nd amendment.

Oscar:  Whats does it say?

MacIntosh:  “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Oscar:  Howse do they read it.

MacIntosh:  They just ignore the first half of the sentence.

Oscar:  Wow.  That’s handy.  Whats if they don’t like a whole part?

MacIntosh:  Then they become strict constructionists.

Oscar:  Whats that mean?

MacIntosh:  If it doesn’t say something very specific then it didn’t happen.

Oscar:  Like that judge guy says about the 14th amendment?

MacIntosh:   Exactly.  Scalia says the 14th amendment doesn’t protect women’s rights.

Oscar:  What does it say?

MacIntosh:  It says no state should “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”   But Scalia says it doesn’t apply to women.

Oscar:  Why’s not.

MacIntosh:  Because it doesn’t say women… it says persons.

Oscar:  Yikes.

MacIntosh:  Same reason they think the citizenship clause in the 14th should not apply to Latinos.

Oscar:  That thing about being born in America??

MacIntosh:   Yep.  It says “All persons born or naturalized in the United States…are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

Oscar:  I get.  It doesn’t work for Latinos cuz it says persons…not Latino persons.

MacIntosh:  That’s it. So they read the constitution but they did it the teabagger way.

Oscar:  They skipped the parts they don’t like?

MacIntosh:  Yep.  They left out the clause that says black people are only entitled to 3/5s of a vote.

Oscar:  That’s convenient.

MacIntosh:  But it wasn’t enough…they still got in trouble.

Oscar:  What happened?

MacIntosh:  They allowed two congressmen to vote that had never been sworn in.

Oscar:  Where does it say theys have to do that?

MacIntosh:  In the constitution.


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8 Responses to How To Read The Constitution

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  4. uncle Stever says:

    Unlike either of these corrupt parties leadership in Washington. I have always upheld my oath to the Constitution… I keep a copy of the founding documents nearby always…

    Want a copy?

    The constitution itself a contract, it restricts government and defines boundary of the various branches and levels within the Republic. Individual rights are not granted by the constitution since all authority ultimately rests with the people. However concerns and justifiably from Madison and others lead to the Bill of Rights a series of limitations on the power of the United States Federal government, protecting the natural rights of liberty and property including freedom of speech, a free press, free assembly, and free association, as well as the right to keep and bear arms.

    Natural rights – Unalienable Rights – Absolute Rights

    The absolute rights of individuals may be resolved into the right of personal security, the right of personal liberty, and the right to acquire and enjoy property. These rights are declared to be natural, inherent, and unalienable.

    By the “absolute rights” of individuals is meant those which are so in their primary and strictest sense, such as would belong to their persons merely in a state of nature, and which every man is entitled to enjoy, whether out of society or in it. The rights of personal security, of personal liberty, and private property do not depend upon the Constitution for their existence. They existed before the Constitution was made, or the government was organized. These are what are termed the “absolute rights” of individuals, which belong to them independently of all government, and which all governments which derive their power from the consent of the governed were instituted to protect.


    • dwelchnz says:

      It is the presence of government that protects unalienable rights.

      • Ziggy and Zoe says:

        Social contract…

      • Uncle Stever says:

        unalienable rights are just that regardless living within or out of society….

        To assume government protects or guarantees such rights then a government has the power to limit or do away with.

        Thats false under the American system, but what exists in Europe

      • Ziggy and Zoe says:

        That is exactly what the government is supposed to do.

        Despite all the diatribe that is espoused in our society…overall people agree with the overall dynamic of our government. I am not talking about the scope of the government or specifics but I am talking about the overall concept of governance (being a Federalist Republic via a Representative Democracy).

        Most people generally accept that our form of government sets up a society which protects them.

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