1/17/2011

Elected Officials Know Less Than Public About U.S. Constitution

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Posted by Brian
Surprise!  Well, not really.  There is the question posed to Nancy Pelosi by a reporter asking where in the Constitution it authorizes Congress to force people to buy health insurance. Instead of offering an explanation, she responded -  "Are you serious?" Chances are that Queen Pelosi has no idea what the Constitution says.  She could have taken the liberal tact and said something about the commerce clause, which many on the left believe gives them that authority.  They're wrong, of course, but the're not ones to let facts stand in the way of legislation that gives them more power. 

Opinion: Elected Officials Flunk Constitution Quiz

Jan 14, 2011 – 6:00 AM

When the Republican House leadership decided to start the 112th Congress with a reading of the U.S. Constitution, the decision raised complaints in some quarters that it was little more than a political stunt. The New York Times even called it a "presumptuous and self-righteous act."


That might be true, if you could be sure that elected officials actually know something about the Constitution. But it turns out that many don't.

In fact, elected officials tend to know even less about key provisions of the Constitution than the general public.
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