I ran into this video today:
"How do you know if the Constitution has been perverted if you haven’t read it."
Politicians, especially conservative politicians, drive me crazy sometimes because they just blatantly ignore the Constitution. Conservatives drive me more crazy because they pretend to care about it.
Attorney General Holder recently make a distinction between “due process” and “judicial process” while justifying Obama’s killing of U.S. Citizens (terrorists) overseas. Frightening stuff (see this Colbert clip for an entertaining recap). Apparently due process can be “the president decides to kill you, and then does” and it’s “Constitutionally” considered “due process” by this administration. In this case this politician HAS read the Constitution and is trying to twist the words to subvert it.
Then you have people like Newt Gingrich, a supposed historian, who apparently has no clue what it says and/or doesn’t care. Actually, he probably DOES know what it says, but like the guy in the video suggests, knows people won’t challenge him because they have never read it.
“Any American, who actively advocates killing Americans, places themselves in our Constitution as a traitor,” Gingrich added. “The American who the president authorized killing in Yemen was an enemy combatant. Enemy combatants don’t get Miranda rights. I think it’s very important that this is a war…the president, in this one area, is right.” - Newt
Ok… they are a traitor according to the Constitution. True. But what does the Constitution ACTUALLY SAY about traitors NEWT!?
Article III, Section 3
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attained.
It’s not even an amendment, it’s just part of the body of the Constitution!