“Constitution Loving” getting out of hand

Joy Behar recently asked if “all this Constitution loving” is getting out of hand.  Her question was in regards to the fact that new House Speaker John Boehner is having the Constitution read on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Watch the clip, then read the discussion.

Joy Behar Decries All ‘This Constitution Loving’

First of all, do you think there could ever be too much “Constitution loving” by Congress?  Really?  This is the foundational document of our republic.  This is the outline of what Congress is, and more importantly, is not to do.  Each Congressman takes an oath of office to support and defend it.

Here is the current oath of office from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives:

“I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

The Constitution itself requires this:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

So I don’t think that it is a problem to stress the importance of this document, which by its own declaration is “the supreme law of the land” (Article VI, paragraph 2).  If more people actually loved their country enough to familiarize themselves with the Constitution, we might have a more educated populace, and thus less extreme leftists with a voice like Joy Behar.

Going on and discussing the comments made by Bill Press in this clip shows how the left likes to cloud the discussion with misdirection.  First, he calls it a “publicity stunt.”  Again – really?  I don’t think you can overemphasize the importance of the Constitution to the members of Congress.  To belittle this by calling it a publicity stunt is really out of line.

As a second point of misdirection, Press starts talking about hoping that they pay attention to it, learning about the right of privacy and that only Congress can declare war.  This is a perfect example of how the left uses misdirection to confuse the issue.

First, I assume that his mention of rights of privacy are referring to the IV Amendment’s protection against unreasonable search and the Patriot Act and wire tapping.  This misdirection is clearly meant as a dig on Republicans (specifically George W. Bush, I’m sure).  But what he doesn’t tell you is that regardless of how you feel about the Constitutionality of the warrantless wiretaps and the Patriot Act, the Obama Administration, which last I checked was NOT Republican, actually wants expanded warrantless wiretapping rules.

Second, he mentions that only Congress can declare war. True, any person who has actually read the Constitution probably already knows this.  I am sure that George W. Bush knows it, too.  Press is saying this to the prey on the uninformed with more smoke and mirrors.  What he wants you to believe is that only Republicans don’t understand how Congress is supposed to exercise checks and balances over the President and that somehow President Bush illegally declared war on Iraq.

But I am quite sure that Press knows that World War II was the last war declared by Congress.  He knows that you probably don’t know that all subsequent conflicts that we refer to as “such-and-such war” were not in fact declared.  Last time I checked, the Commander in Chief during the “Korean War,” was a Democrat.

The importance of this to the debate is, as I mentioned, Bill Press is trying to cloud the debate as if U.S. military intervention in Iraq was an illegal war declared illegally by Republican President George W. Bush.  In the video you can see that Joy Behar agrees with him.  I wonder if Bill Press and Joy Behar have read the Authorization For Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 by Congress?  If they have, I’m pretty sure they assume that you not only haven’t read it, you’ve never heard of it.  A perfect example of how the Left uses misdirection to cloud the debate.

No Joy, this “Constitution Loving” is NOT getting out of hand.  In fact, as the supreme law of the land, I don’t see how you can love it too much.