House Minority Leader Confuses the Constitution with the Declaration

Oh dear.  House Minority Leader John Boehner has confused the Constitution with the Declaration of Independence — while holding a Constitution in his hand, no less!

Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, the House minority leader, took the podium at a Republican rally, waved a document defiantly and declared:”This is my copy of the Constitution, and I’m going to stand here with the Founding Fathers who wrote in the Preamble, We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness …” Mr. Boehner was encouraging participants to protest the pending House vote for health care reform by demanding their constitutional right to make medical decisions.

Pop quiz: What’s wrong with this picture?

What’s wrong is that the quote he cited is neither in a preamble or in the Constitution — it’s in the main text of the Declaration.  Eesh…maybe we could have someone as House Minority Leader who actually knows the text of the Constitution he swore to uphold? (AHEM Ron Paul)

Wait, noooo….that’s clearly too much to ask.

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