The Constitution of the United States is not hard. It’s not molecular biology. It’s not calculus, it’s not quantum physics. It’s not the plot-line of David Lynch’s Lost Highway. Why, then, do Democrat politicians have such a hard time understanding it or remembering what’s in it?
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-UH) could not even figure out the three branches of government even though the first three articles of the Constitution describe them, their structure, duties, and powers. “If we work our butts off to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress … uh … rather, all three chambers of government: the presidency, the Senate, and the House,” she told the so-called “Justice Democrats” in November 2018.
It is hard to imagine that “AOC” was even a good bartender, never mind a good representative. If she talked down to her patrons as she does to everyone else, the tips were probably not enough to pay her bills – which is obviously why she packed it in and ran for Congress.
That was not her only constitutional gaffe – surprising as that might seem. During a photo shoot at Harvard University in December 2018, the conversation turned to a hypothetical AOC presidential run. When it was pointed out to her that she was too young, at 29, to run for president, Ocasio-Cortez countered that the constitutional minimum age for a president only applied to men.
“[T]he Constitution technically says he cannot run unless he’s 35,” the wide-eyed but woefully narrow-minded representative said, “so what we’ll do is we’ll force the Republican Party to pass the Equal Rights Amendment by threatening to run for president.”
There are few things in life more amusing than watching an ignorant person attempt to sound clever. Article II, Section One of the Constitution says “[N]either shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years … “ While Occasio-Cortez’s personhood is questionable, almost every other woman on the planet is, in fact, a person. Nice try, missy, but your little quip was what your generation would refer to as an “epic fail.”
In fact, there is nothing in the Constitution that disqualifies a woman from becoming president, which appears to have been Ocasio-Cortez’s underlying point. Of course, she was not alive back when Hillary Clinton ran for president, bless her heart.
Speaking of women, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-OOFUS) wanted the Twitterverse to marvel at his knowledge of the Constitution, so he decided to point something out: “Do you know how many times the word ‘Woman’ is mentioned in the Constitution? Zero,” he smugly tweeted April 30. The word “man” is also not mentioned in the Constitution, as several observers pointed out to the California Democrat and presidential candidate.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-ERP) appears to believe that the right to vote is not protected by the Constitution and she is not the only one. It is a popular theory, on the left, that a constitutional amendment is needed to protect the right to vote. On the campaign trail, Warren is pushing this very idea. “I believe we need a constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen and to make sure that vote gets counted,” the genetically-challenged senator told an audience in Mississippi.
Here’s an idea: Maybe we could number this proposed amendment the 15th. Conveniently, it already exists: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” If that is not sufficient, there is always the 19th Amendment, which states: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
Both of these already existing and ratified amendments begin with the words: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote … “ It is, therefore, pretty clear that the right of American citizens to vote is right there – twice. Perhaps Warren needs to see it in smoke signals, so that she may better understand it.
Perhaps the constitutional amendment the nation needs would say:
“No person who misquotes, misinterprets, misrepresents, or misunderstands any part of this United States Constitution shall be permitted to run for any public office, ever. Not even for the office of Director of Doo-Dad Licencing for the City of Buford, Wyoming.”
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