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Herman Cain Wants You To ‘Reread’ The Constitution

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…but perhaps Herman Cain should take his own advice.

You see, during his speech, he actually quoted the Declaration of Independence to defend his position, not the US Constitution.

CAIN: We don’t need to rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America, we need to reread the Constitution and enforce the Constitution. … And I know that there are some people that are not going to do that, so for the benefit of those who are not going to read it because they don’t want us to go by the Constitution, there’s a little section in there that talks about “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

You know, those ideals that we live by, we believe in, your parents believed in, they instilled in you. When you get to the part about “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” don’t stop there, keep reading. Cause that’s when it says “when any form of government becomes destructive of those ideals, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.” We’ve got some altering and some abolishing to do!

Seriously…if these Tea Party folks can’t even get the most rudimentary facts about this country and it’s founding documents right, why in God’s name should anyone trust them to run this country?

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  • Mickey

    Are there any of Cains policies you’d like to take issue with? Or shall we stick with the trivial “gotcha” journalism.

    And I’d be careful if I were you. This piece sounded awfully racist.

  • mickey

    Enron- NOTHING of any substance, and NOTHING illegal. a LOT of people got caught up in Enron. I know this situation very well as it occurred before I got back into nuclear. This is grasping at straws.

    Right of Return- definitely a blunder. A small blunder, but a blunder nonetheless. Maybe if he had the luxury of spoon fed questions and a teleprompter he would avoid this issue. Anyone can slip like this if caught offguard. And just about everyone has at one point or another.
    Since I’m rational I’ll hold my judgement until Cain is able to clarify and lay out his position on the matter.
    You seem to expect everyone to have every answer to every question at the tip of their tongues at all times. You know better than that.

    Muslims- thats his business if he chooses to not have Muslims in his inner circle. Its a total non issue as far as I’m concerned and shouldnt sway anyone other than Muslims from voting for him. And what he said in that video is 100% accurate. But some of us just have a hard time coming to terms with that.

    Birther- if you infer that Cain is a birther based on the link you provided, then it puts your hackery on full display.

    Finally…..even if I totally agreed with you on the items you list as major policy issues, this is no where near enough to make me not vote for him. I’m not throwing my hat in the Cain camp just yet, but you havent swayed me with that reply.

    • http://homebrewedtheology.com Christian

      Cain wasn’t involved in Enron, but with Aquila Energy. There were 5 class action suits filed in 2004, when he was on the board of directors.

      The suits, later folded into a single, massive class action (PDF), alleged that Cain and top company officials violated a 37-year-old federal law requiring that employers manage employees retirement programs responsibly. – MoJo

      Right of Return is sort of a major issue in the I/P discussions. He should at least know what it is.

      His ban on Muslims in government violates Article I, Sec. 6 of the US Constitution, along with a number of EEOC laws. With this statement alone he proves he really doesn’t believe in the Constitution and his willingness to violate EEOC laws based on his bigotry should be worrisome to the TPers. Then again, they hate Muslims too, so discriminating against them is ok.

      Oh, and here’s Herman, in his own words, advocating violating the Constitution, Federal hiring laws, and saying “Obama should have to prove he was born in the United States.”

  • mickey

    And youre definitely racist for even daring to mention those things.

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  • Mickey

    Seems Cain cleared things up a bit….he admitted he was caught off guard and didn’t know what Wallace was talking about. So he says “the thing that you’re gonna learn about Herman Cain, if he doesn’t know something, he’s not going to try and fake it, or give an answer that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

    I happen to find it refreshing to have a candidate/politician actually admit that he/she does not know everything under the sun. He could have just BS’ed like Obama talking about curing high gas prices by making sure your tires are properly inflated.
    If this is the worst thing Cain does during the campaign (and honestly I doubt it will be) then he will be more than ok.

    Something tells me Cain will become more hated by the left than Palin was. No way can they allow a successful republican black man to be elected president. It would ruin 80% of the liberal platform.

  • kaj

    I have to give Mr. Cain a lot credit for this ‘mis-quote’. He seems to have picked on the way Dear Leader does things, like misquote the DoI.

    To wit:
    Does President Obama Think Our Rights Come from Our Creator?
    7:52 PM, SEP 19, 2010
    BY JEFFREY H. ANDERSON

    The most famous words in the Declaration of Independence — and almost surely the most famous words ever written by an American — read, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

    On Friday evening, when President Obama addressed the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, he quoted that passage as follows (on the clip at 22:30): “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal [pause], endowed with certain unalienable rights: life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

    In Obama’s version, there is no “Creator.”

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-misquotes-declaration-independence-again_511412.html

    AND AGAIN:

    At a Democratic fundraiser on Monday night, President Obama once again misquoted the Declaration of Independence’s most famous sentence and once again omitted its reference to our “Creator.”

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/does-president-obama-think-our-rights-come-our-creator

    So watch those stones around your glass house.

    • http://homebrewedtheology.com Christian

      I don’t call quoting the wrong document a ‘mis-quote’, I call it ignorance.

      While, yes, Obama did omit “by their creator”, so did Conservative stalwart Ronald Reagan:

      He made it possible for our nation to move closer to the ideals set forth in our Declaration of Independence: that all people are created equal and are endowed with inalienable rights that government has the duty to respect and protect. [Source]

      ..and Eisenhower

      Two hundred years, lacking sixteen, have passed since our forefathers proclaimed to the world the truths they held self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed with inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that governments are instituted among men to secure those rights, deriving their just powers only from the consent of the governed. [Source]

      …and Coolidge

      Three very definite propositions were set out in its preamble regarding the nature of mankind and therefore of government. These were the doctrine that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain inalienable rights, and that therefore the source of the just powers of government must be derived from the consent of the governed. [Source]

      …among others.

      So your point is…..?

  • Mickey

    Like I said before, I try to follow the news closely. I’m big enough to admit that I had never heard the term “right of return” before. And I guarantee 99% of the population hasn’t either. Now he knows. He has given his position on the matter. If you don’t agree with it then that’s your right. Now its time to move on and either accept his position or debate it. Harping on the fact that he didn’t know the answer in a split second will prove nothing other than that you have nothing constructive to offer in the debate. Instead you’d prefer to follow your president and wait for others to offer answers so you can bash them.

    Who defines “responsibly” when it comes to managing money. Enron had tens of thousands of people fooled. Sorry, but I can’t hold this against Cain. This is reaching for straws in a desperate way.

    He didn’t say he would ban Muslims from govt- only from his cabinet. And that’s his business if he wants to do that. You can choose to accept it or not. As you know all too well, he, as a black man, has been discriminated against all his life. I’m pretty sure there’s some unwritten liberal rule that blacks are allowed to discriminate. Seriously though, if you don’t like that position then that’s cool…but you should at least respect his honesty.

    Your video did nothing to help me to see your point. I agree with everything he said. He is not proactively advocating your president show his birth certificate. He was responding to a question. Furthermore, he gave the right answer. The president should be required to show a birth certificate!

    Look, I’m solidly in Ron Pauls corner- not Cains. While I like most of Cains positions, I do not like the person he has become on the campaign trail. Some of his stuff insults me. It comes across like a bad car commercial. Muck like H Dean, and much like Obama. I don’t like a politician acting like a cheerleader trying to whoop up the masses. But at least Cain has some amount of substance and common sense in his platform. I wish he would go back to low key, common sense talk as he did on the radio before he started campaigning.

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