Pizza mogul Herman Cain is slowly going from Tea Party fringe candidate to a potential real world front runner for the Republican nomination for president, at the very least generating grassroots buzz that other GOP nominees have been sorely lacking.
Cain’s new announcement video shows his passion for the race, with him evoking Dr. Martin Luther King and demanding that voters “don’t rewrite the constitution, reread the constitution.”
But his favorite stump speech line is a double-edged sword for the candidate. As Think Progress points out, Cain’s not entirely clear on his founding documents himself.
Cain really should have taken his own advice, however, before he decided to lecture the entire country about the Constitution. The phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” does not appear anywhere in the Constitution’s text. Nor does the Constitution include a phrase about the right of the people to alter or abolish a government that is destructive of their ideals. Both of those phrases appear in the Declaration of Independence, which, in case Mr. Cain is not aware, is actually an entirely different document than the Constitution — written over ten years earlier.
Constitution, Declaration of Independence. Close enough for a Presidential candidate, right?
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