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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Herman Cain, yet another constitutional illiterate

Tea Party Republicans worship the Constitution, except for the parts they don't like. You would think they might take the time to study a document that they revere almost as much as the Bible. You would be wrong.

Herman Cain is emerging as one of the GOP Presidential front runners in the early going. He'd better hit the books now if he wants to continue.

He launched his official campaign last week by urging people to read the Constitution. Whether he as read it even once is open to debate but he certainly hasn't reread it judging by the evidence. Firstly he confused the Declaration of Independence with the Constitution. I don't expect the average citizen to be that familiar with everything in the Constitution but when a Presidential candidate shows such reverence to it, he should fucking well know what he's talking about.

Apparently not. According to Think Progress Cain is utterly clueless. Last October, on his radio show he said the following:

All of the talk about a national foreclosure freeze . . . all they’re trying to do is appeal to people’s emotions. You see, the United States federal government, folks, has no jurisdiction over bankruptcy law. States do!

So, if some states decide that they want to investigate some of these phony or incomplete foreclosures, it’s up to the states. This is not even under the jurisdiction of the federal government! But it sounds good. It really sounds good, though.

One problem with that statement:

According to Article I of the Constitution, “[t]he Congress shall have power . . . [t]o establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States.”

He can't even get past Article 1 without screwing it up as badly as possible. Article I has 10 sections to it so even a professed 'know it all' like Cain might have problems understanding or remembering it all.

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