Are GOPers really the Constitutionalists they claim to be?
When the Tea Party took over management of Speaker Boehner and the remaining rational members of the GOP back in 2010, they insisted to great fanfare they would open sessions of the House with a reading of the Constitution. Of course, reading has its challenges. Some of the pages stuck together and so were omitted, but they made up for that by reading the Declaration of Independence as well and claiming it was part of the Constitution. And one new member, Representative Mike Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Pennsylvania, had missed the swearing in ceremony and instead raised his right hand before a televised version of it, so he technically wasn’t even a House Member at the time he did his part of the reading.
They also were going to cite the constitutional authority for every new piece of legislation they took up, but that didn’t last long. Repealing Obamacare 43 times and 51 bills trying to restrict or outlaw abortion are difficult to justify with a specific clause in the Constitution. Having run on Jobs, Jobs, Jobs here’s an interesting list of what they actually did.
And can anyone explain how people that claim to be Constitutionalists could read a Constitution that never mentions “corporation” written by men who had never heard of the New York Stock Exchange or even a corporate form anything like a modern corporation, and come up with such a cockamamie reading of the law as “the personhood of corporations” being guaranteed by the USA’s founding document? Apparently when cons rail against judicial activism it has nothing to do with what the law actually says, just whether the judge involved found in favor of their pet ideology. And yet their 2012 standards bearer swore corporations are people to great applause from his GOPer friends.