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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Video: Herman Cain lectures Americans to read the Constitution... then confuses it with the Declaration of Independence

Will there never be any end to it? Is Herman Cain just going to keep sticking his foot in his mouth over and over again? Not to mention the other GOP candidates? We've got Newt Gingrich torpedoing his campaign by calling Paul Ryan's Medicare cuts "right-wing social engineering" and then reversing positions less than a week later after it blew up in his face. Then you've got Rick Santorum saying Vietnam POW John McCain doesn't understand how torture works. Then Herman Cain says he doesn't think people in Israel have "a big problem" with Palestinians returning to their land.

In addition to his foreign policy cluelessness, Herman Cain has now demonstrated how little he really knows about the very Founding documents he claims to represent, and to make his gaffe more hilarious, it happened mere seconds after lecturing Americans to read the Constitution and condescending to those who don't read it.  Here's the text followed by the 50 second clip of Herman Cain's Constitution gaffe:

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!'

Dude. Herman. That's the Declaration of Independence that says those things, not the Constitution. Are you sure that you've read the Constitution?

I've been saying it again and again. Herman Cain is NOT one of us. He is not a Tea Party candidate. He does not represent the Founding Fathers' ideals. He is simply using the language of the Tea Party to get votes and ride the wave of Tea Party sentiment into the White House where he'll continue business as usual and work for the well-connected banking establishment's special interests just like the last two presidents have been doing... not for honest, hardworking, conservative Americans who believe in freedom and who believe that freedom is what made this country great.

Tea Party goers-- be outraged at Herman Cain because he is using you and he is deceiving you. This latest gaffe is just another bit of evidence that he doesn't really know, understand, or care about this nation's Founding principles, nor its constitutional law. If it's still not enough to be outraged at Cain, at least please do not be enamored of him. Be a little wary. Be a little worried. Be a little suspicious. At the very least, acknowledge that there are a lot of little details that should make us take a much closer look at Herman Cain before coronating him without qualification nor reservation as the Tea Party's exemplar and candidate.

Hat tip: ThinkProgress via Memeorandum.

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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