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.