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Cain: “Reread the Constitution” — Maybe He Should [VIDEO]

Cain: “Reread the Constitution” — Maybe He Should [VIDEO]

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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6:50PM PDT on May 29, 2011

It's time for all of us to refresh our memories and do some reading.

4:52PM PDT on May 26, 2011

It amazes me that political candidates do not know the Constitution from the Declaration. Maybe a requirement for running for office should include a basic test in high school civics and history. They do not pass...they do not run...PERIOD!

11:08AM PDT on May 26, 2011

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2:59PM PDT on May 25, 2011

John S.,

Unfortunately for you the man is an idiot, and no critical statement of his will have any credibility.

Plus, Obama is 1/2 white - what are we, chopped liver? I love that all the racists believe that his black half is more powerful than his white half. A true supremest would not believe that.

2:09PM PDT on May 25, 2011

Sad, one more ignorant businessman/Republican.

1:39PM PDT on May 25, 2011

I will have to do some checking on this person, by the video he couldn't even come up with his own words. That is a concern.

12:23PM PDT on May 25, 2011

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, Medicare and Social Security slashing, union busting, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, lacking compassion, warmongering, and dangerous.

NEVER vote for or otherwise support Republicans.

11:22AM PDT on May 25, 2011

I have read the Constitution and I think that every candidate should read it. Wait, not the parts they want to read, the whole thing. It's not that long and it is simple to read. Then that candidate must recite it in front of the Capitol steps before he/she can be sworn in.

9:51AM PDT on May 25, 2011

An Italian friend of mine was complaining about this guy a few days ago. She has a point, the endless association of all Italians with organized crime is unfair. Naming his pizza chain "Godfather's" shows that he is into stereotyping and opportunistically riding the coattails of a famous movie.

9:34AM PDT on May 25, 2011

He joins the rank and file of the other ignorant and dim-witted teabuggers. Bring on the spectacles!

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