Sarah Palin’s turn before the teabaggers was an exercise in emptying the US Constitution of meaning while seeming to exalt it.
She praised US military personnel for defending the constitution.
But she complained that constitutional protections were offered to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the underpants bomber. She said it is ‘our’ constitution, reducing it from a universal document (the Declaration of Independence says ‘all men’ are endowed with inalienable rights) to a tribal one.
She said Abdulmutallab could otherwise have been questioned. But why should he have answered, rights or no? Holder’s methods got him talking. (Nor is it likely constitutional to arrest a lawbreaker on US soil and whisk him off to military detention.)
Then she said we need a commander in chief, not a professor of constitutional law.
But Obama is designated by the constitution as commander in chief. Is she denying that status to him?
And if the constitution is so great and worth dying for, why is it bad to study it systematically?
So at every turn she invoked the constitution to undermine the constitution.
She is not about law, but is about power. We’ve had enough narcissistic sociopaths in politics.
And note that Jerry Brown, e.g. Would not be put on CNN addressing 600 leftwing democrats in prime time. I’m afraid of Time Warner now.
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