Rep. Grayson gives a Constitution lesson

Alan Grayson, freshman Representative from a swing district in Florida, has emerged as a rising star within the national Democratic community due to his plainspoken “take no prisoners” comments on the House floor regarding health care reform.

This week Grayson shifted his attention to the U.S. Constitution, a document which certain GOP members do not seem be be familiar with, even though they (and all other members of Congress) swore an oath to “preserve, protect and defend” it. How GOP members expect to do those three vital things which they swore to do without having even a rudimentary familiarity with the foundational document of our government is baffling.

One does not have to be a Constitutional scholar to understand the basics of our system of government. Even grade-schoolers in this country learn about the separation of powers and the three branches of government. But perhaps the future GOPers were just too busy shooting spitwads at their fellow students when those lessons were being taught – or did they just sleep right through it?

The issue that drew Rep.Grayson’s attention was an amendment introduced by a certain dimbulb representative from Georgia named Paul Broun that attempted to deny Federal funding the non-profit group ACORN. ACORN has never been found guilty in a court of law of the charges that the GOP likes to hurl it it. But the GOP never lets concepts like “innocent until proven guilty” get in the way of their agenda. They don’t like ACORN (mostly because it helps poor people who often vote Democratic) – and that is enough for them to hurl insults and invectives at their perceived enemies. Right now they are busy branding ACORN as “Public Enemy Number One” and figuring out ways to enact punishment legislatively (even though the Constitution says they can’t).

Alam Grayson takes the occasion to “school” Rep. Broun about the provision in the Constitution banning bills of attainder. Grayson quote the Father of the Constitution James Madison and the late (Republican) Chief Justice William Rehnquist while Broun frantically casts out a lifeline to fellow Republican James Sensenbrenner (WI). Watch the entire clip – what transpires during this interchange says a lot about the current disarray and intellectual emptiness on the Republican side of the aisle.

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