Sheila Jackson Lee Grateful For 400-Year-Old Constitution

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), a woman the Congressional Black Caucus floated last year as its pick to replace former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, believes the U.S. Constitution was written 176 years, give or take, before Rhode Island ratified it in 1790.

Lee’s patriotism got the better of her erudition on the House floor Wednesday, where she bloviated about the providential foresight for stable governing written into our Nation’s founding legal document. She praised the Constitution for reliably ensuring free legislative deliberation for these past 400 years, and expressed appreciation that we have “a constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not.”

Maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman and others, for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years, operating under a constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not.

Using Lee’s math, the Constitution would have been written in or around 1614, when things like Pocahontas marrying John Rolfe and Jamestown’s settlement as the capital of the Virginia colony were considered current events.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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