If you don’t get the title reference, New York Times columnist David Carr dismissed the people of Missouri and Kansas, and flyover country in general, as “You know, that’s the dance of the low-sloping foreheads. The middle places, right?” Yes, that’s right. At the risk of invoking Godwin’s Law, he used the ol’ Nazi “Genetic Inferiority” reason for his determination that we are inferior to him and his ilk.
Again, remind me why anyone reads these publications. I’m missing it.
Anyway, Time Magazine decided they were going to education the dumb rubes out here who were not sold on the idea of the Living Constitution. Problem being, they not only did not make a cognizant argument for their belief that this document is “alive”, they didn’t even get the factual statements right.
Late last week, I fisked Richard Stengelâ€™s Time Magazine cover story â€œOne Document, Under Seigeâ€ (update: click here for the one page version) but it deserves more discussion. I consider it nothing less than a journalistic scandal that this piece was (1) a cover story, (2) written by their Managing Editor, (3) who serves in an organization dedicated to teaching other journalists about the Constitution, and yet it is rife with factual errors, including many that are obvious simply by reading the Constitution.
My mistake in the last post on the subject was trying to catalogue everything wrong with it, leading me to take issue with his philosophy, too and thus what got lost for some was the simple fact that Stengel was clearly factually wrong on many points, often when the facts could be determined by doing nothing more than reading the Constitution.
So this time, we are going to focus solely on the factual errors. There are thirteen of them and like the lawyer that I am, I will start off with his most egregious error and end with the least egregious. Here are the thirteen errors, in short:
- The Constitution does not limit the Federal Government.
- The Constitution is not law.
- The Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment emancipated the slaves.
- The Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment granted the right to vote to African Americans.
- The original Constitution declared that black people were to be counted as three-fifths of a person.
- That the original, unamended Constitution prohibited women from voting.
- Inter arma enim silent leges translates as â€œin time of war, the Constitution is silent.â€
- The War Powers Act allows the president to unilaterally wage war for sixty days.
- We have only declared war five times.
- Alexander Hamilton wanted a king for America.
- Social Security is a debt within the meaning of Section Four of the Fourteenth Amendment.
- Naturalization depends on your birth.
- The Obamacare mandate is a tax.
At the link, he goes on to explain each of these points. It’s well worth your time to read it all. TIME was definitely caught in their own condescension net.
And remember this the next time you rely on any of these lefty, purportedly knowledgeable “reporters” or their writings. They are equally knowledgeable about every field. That is to say, they aren’t. They’ve pretty well mastered grammar, but that’s all.