Saturday, July 10, 2010

Constitutional comprehension

The other day, I read in the Washington Post that some teabaggers spent the Independence Day holiday teaching classes on the US Constitution. The first thought that popped into my head was that they really should start with reading comprehension instead.

As I’ve pointed out before, the teabaggers are dead wrong in their interpretation of the US Constitution, especially the tenth amendment. So, learning how to read something with understanding would be a better use of their time than continuing to teach nonsense.

Of course the reason for their silly opinions about the meaning of the Constitution isn’t really due to a lack of reading comprehension: They’re actually deliberately misleading people in order to advance their extremist agenda. If they can keep people ignorant about what the Constitution actually says, it becomes easier for the extremists to subvert it and democracy.

The sensible answer would be for ordinary Americans to teach the real Constitution—just as public schools once did. For democracy to survive in America, that job is vital—far too important to be left to people who push a fake interpretation in order to advance an extremist agenda.

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