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?


Photo: youtube screen grab


Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

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

Lyn F.
Lyn F.6 years ago

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!

Patricia S.
Pat S6 years ago

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Elizabeth K.
Elizabeth K6 years ago

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.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

Sad, one more ignorant businessman/Republican.

Mary Alexander
Mary Alexander6 years ago

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.

Dan B.
Dan Brook6 years ago

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.

Fred Urbasek
Past Member 6 years ago

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.

Juliet D.
judith sanders6 years ago

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.

Thomas H.
Tom H6 years ago

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