Monday, May 23, 2011

Civcs 101

Herman Cain, freshly-announced GOP candidate for president, wants Americans to “re-read the Constitution.”

CAIN: We don’t need to rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America, we need to reread the Constitution and enforce the Constitution. … And I know that there are some people that are not going to do that, so for the benefit of those who are not going to read it because they don’t want us to go by the Constitution, there’s a little section in there that talks about “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

You know, those ideals that we live by, we believe in, your parents believed in, they instilled in you. When you get to the part about “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” don’t stop there, keep reading. Cause that’s when it says “when any form of government becomes destructive of those ideals, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.” We’ve got some altering and some abolishing to do!

For those of you who have not taken Grade 8 Civics, the phrases regarding “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and altering or abolishing the government are not in the Constitution. They are in the Declaration of Independence.

Newt Gingrich suggested that voters take a test in American history before being allowed to vote. Tell you what; how about we apply the same standard to presidential candidates?