Things That Are Not In the U.S Constitution


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"No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office in this state."

Article 14, Section 265 of the Missississippi State Constitution

Though it is not enforced, and is against Article VI, Paragraph 3 of the United States Constitution, this still remains on the books.

Via ThinkProgress, Herman Cain, Godfather’s Pizza CEO and Republican presidential hopeful:

“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!”

One problem, Herman: That’s from the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.

Bob Cesca also asks:

By the way, is Cain promoting the idea of armed revolution? Someone should ask him.

A coworker and I discuss Birthers’ new attempts to destroy the Constitution they so dearly love

Reference article found here.

Coworker: I don’t like the whole idea of states thinking they can get into defining the specifics of who can run for president, just in general.

Me: Right. That goes against their belief in the majesty of the 9th and 10th amendments. Pretty sure having the qualifications for a national office in the Constitution places that under the purview of the federal government, not the states.

Coworker: They don’t believe in the 9th amendment and they don’t understand the 10th.

Me: They don’t understand any of them.

Coworker: Well yeah.

Me: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” That means we’re all Christian, right?

Coworker: No, that means that as long as Congress doesn’t deny respect to any religion, it’s okay. So like school prayer is okay if you let Muslims do it.

Me: And Hindus and Sikhs and Jainists.

Coworker: Other heathens, sure.

Me: They’re all going to burn in hell anyway, might as well let them do their evil devil worshipping.

Coworker: Exactly.