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The Constitution

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!

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King Newt

Good article on Newt’s hatred of the judicial system and why it is dangerous and misinformed.

In 1608, King James I announced to the judges of England that because they were merely his delegates, he was entitled to decide cases himself. They responded that no king since the Norman conquest had assumed that power. Lord Coke, chief judge of the Court of Common Pleas, added that “his Majesty was not learned in the laws of his realm, … which require long study and experience, before a man can attain to the cognizance of them.”

Greatly offended, James said this treasonously placed the king beneath the law. Coke answered: “The king is under no man, yet he is under God and the law, for the law makes the king.”

Newt Gingrich, the sometime historian and would-be Republican presidential nominee, would do well to heed Coke’s admonition. His “21st-Century Contract with America” launches a frontal assault on the nation’s courts, particularly on “judicial supremacy” — the idea that the courts ultimately determine what the law is.

More: King Newt Takes on the Judges

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