Ezra Klein: Constitution too hard to understand


Ezra Klein is one of the goto guys on the Left for all things policy related and he is being asked to talk about how the Republicans will have the Constitution read aloud in Congress. He says it’s a gimmick, but then he says this:

The issue with the Constitution is not that people don’t read the text and think their following it. The issue with the Constitution is that the text is confusing because it was written more than a hundred years ago.

Ah that’s the problem. Liberals are just stupid! That would explain a lot you know. This whole separation of Church and state has been completely misinterpreted and it’s implementation stands to support Klein’s reasoning here. I’ve always thought the first amendment was pretty dang clear, but I guess I never realized how difficult it was being a liberal trying to read those 100+ year old documents.

CAJ note: Oh! So that’s why history isn’t taught in schools any more! The moral of the story for parents? If the Founders, who were mostly self-educated men, were smart enough to compose these “confusing” documents, then why bankrupt your own retirement to pay for your child to attend an expensive private university when state schools will turn out the same calibre of education for far less money.

Update: At MichelleMalkin.com Doug Powers writes:

…The Constitution is over 100 years and as such doesn’t make sense anymore? Saul Alinsky’s over 100 years old too but Klein doesn’t seem to have much trouble relating to him. It’s not the age the left fears, it’s the constraint of the content.

A breakdown of the indecipherable complexities of the Constitution from Stephen Gutowski:

But lets cut Ezra some slack. I mean just look at the first amendment. It’s confusing as hell:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

“Congress shall make no law”. What in the world could that mean?

Beware those who can make complete sense out of a 2500-page health care bill and bloated tax code but who say it’s impossible to decipher the massive six-page US Constitution…

Read the whole thing.

Update 2: From IowaHawk, What the Constitution Means to Me, or Something…

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