Inevitable: Birther heckles reading of Constitution

posted at 2:55 pm on January 6, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Come on, man … or woman, in this case. The reading of the Constitution this afternoon in the new Republican majority proceeded in both a respectful and bipartisan fashion, with members of both parties taking part in the somber recitation of the foundational legal document of the Republic. However, as Greg Hengler captures for Townhall, the predictable happens when Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) gets to Article II, Section I, causing the House to come to a halt:

Give Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) credit for a quick and forceful response. Birthers will hail this as their “You lie!” moment, but everyone else will just be embarrassed. Right now, Congress needs to apply the Constitution to its own actions, which was the point of this exercise.

But embarrassing protests surrounding the reading today aren’t limited to the peanut gallery at the House. David Cole tries for snark at the Washington Post in his idea of what conservatives want to see in the Constitution:

We, the Real Americans, in order to form a more God-Fearing Union, establish Justice as we see it, DefeatHealth-Care Reform, and Preserve and Protect our Property, our Guns and our Right Not to Pay Taxes, do ordain and establish this Conservative Constitution for the United States of Real America.

Article I. Congress shall have only the powers literally, specifically and expressly granted herein, and no others. That means definitely, without question, absolutely, no regulation of the Health Insurance or Financial Services industries.

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected not directly by the People, but by other people whom the People have elected to better represent the People.

Any law enacted by Congress and signed by the President may be overturned by the vote of three or more States if they find it burdensome, offensive, annoying or in any way touching on Health Insurance, Property Rights or Guns.

Cole goes on at length in this vein far longer than the joke deserves even if it was funny or trenchant.  Instead, it just makes Cole look like a fool.  Most conservatives actually like what the Constitution says right now, and wish liberals did, too.  If we had to make one addition, it would be an Article VIII that reads:

Everything in this document means exactly what it says, no more and no less.  If future generations want to imbue other meaning and grant more authority than what we have explicitly stated in easily-understood language, please re-read Article V.

But then again, that doesn’t fill three web pages or vent a lot of hostility at conservatives who actually can read and understand documents literally decades old.

Update: Simpson is from Idaho, not Ohio, which I knew but just had a brain fade.  Thanks to Jacob M for the heads-up.


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Birther heckles reading of Constitution

I would suggest that headline is very misleading -since it is the left that is realy “heckling,” or laughing at, the reading of the constitution.

This person is hardly a leftist and merely joined in with those reading the constitution to let the world know one reason why the constitution had to be read.

Don L on January 7, 2011 at 10:00 AM

I would suggest that headline is very misleading -since it is the left that is realy “heckling,” or laughing at, the reading of the constitution.

No. Nobody is laughing at reading the Constitution.

This person is hardly a leftist and merely joined in with those reading the constitution to let the world know one reason why the constitution had to be read.

No again. This person is a lackwit and has no reason. You also lack reason if you think that a public reading of the Constitution is necessitated by lunatic claims that the president is not a natural-born citizen.

audiculous on January 7, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Inevitable: Birther heckles reading of Constitution

Code Pink competes in this sport and set a very low bar. This woman is on the Code Purple team attempting to lower it further.

rukiddingme on January 7, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Inevitable: Birther heckles reading of Constitution

Perhaps, instead, more correctly, this:

Anitbirther heckles the Constitution.

Lourdes on January 7, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Perhaps, instead, more correctly, this:

Anitbirther heckles the Constitution.

Lourdes

perhaps more more correctly, this:

Afterbirther heckles ….

audiculous on January 7, 2011 at 10:56 PM

Nonsense – the issue dies in 2012, one way or another.

Given there are two distinct birther camps, it is doubtful this issue dies in 2012.

The ‘native born not natural born citizen’ camp may never be satisfied. This camp has failed every single time in pursuit of this issue with the courts. This camp is likely to continue pursuit past 2012.

The ‘he wasn’t born here’ camp have already dismissed the short form and the newpaper articles. It is reasonable to think some will dismiss any long form released as well. This camp is also likely to continue pursuit past 2012.

At least four states are changing their election laws, requiring a long for birth certificate for all presidential and vice presidential candidates, for ballot access.

The bills have not even been brought to a vote.

That said, it is not quaint you once again are one of those people who still think we live in a constitutional republic under rule of law.

0bama will either have to produce same, forfeit those electoral votes, or not run.

You say this with all the confidence of a palm reader. Let’s test your predictive capabilities. Post the next set of winning powerball lottery numbers for all to see.

As much as it might stick in your craw – the “birthers” have won.
Rebar on January 6, 2011 at 4:09 PM.

It doesn’t stick in my crawl if the birthers win at all.

That said the race is not over. The birthers and the truthers are headed for a photo finish.

rukiddingme on January 9, 2011 at 2:40 AM

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