Monday, May 12, 2008

McCain Needs A Refresher On The Constitution

After eight years of having the moron-in-chief misguide our country and wreaking havoc wherever he goes, you'd think people would want someone with a little lot more intellect going forward. Senator Obama certainly has the smarts, but what about his competitor from Arizona, Mr. McCain? Well, simply put, we are electing someone that must (or should) protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So shouldn't that person know what's in it?

From DailyKos:

I smirked but didn't get too excited when he said he was glad to be at "West Virginia," rather than Wake Forest, when he pronounced the word "relevance" as though it was spelled "revelance," when he talked about the people in "Warshington," or even when he laid this little gem on the Wake Forest students:

I'm the living proof that an undistinguished academic record can be overcome in life -- or at least that's the hope that has long, long sustained me.

But then he started getting into the substance of his speech -- basically that judges have become too activist. A few minutes into his discussion of this topic, this is what I thought I heard:

The year 2005 also brought the case of Susette Kelo before the Supreme Court. Here was a woman whose home was taken from her because the local government and a few big corporations had designs of their own on the land, and she was getting in the way. There is hardly a clearer principle in all the Constitution than the right of private property. There is a very clear standard in the Constitution requiring not only just compensation in the use of eminent domain, but also that private property may NOT be taken for "public use." But apparently that standard has been "evolving" too.

My head whipped around, and I thought, "HUH?????" Granted, it's been 25 years since my Constitutional Law class, but . . . isn't the whole point of eminent domain that the government CAN take private property for public use, as long as the owner is fairly compensated for the taking?

The diarist is correct, McCain got that one wrong. His handlers knew it too, thats why they scrubbed the transcript of the speech, even though the video proves the type wrong. How sad is it that McCain doesn't even know what is in the Constitution while he wants the job to protect it? Well he probably doesn't give two shits about what is in it, because he's running for Bush's third term, a mere continuation of the assault on the document neither Bush or McCain cares about.