10 Myths About the U.S. Constitution Most Congressmen Believe
10 Myths About the U.S. Constitution Most Congressmen Believe By Laurence M. Vance – Lew Rockwell
A recent article on MSN is headlined: “10 Myths About the U.S. Constitution Most Americans Believe.” Here are the ten myths:
- The Constitution is on hemp paper.
- The Constitution has 39 signatures.
- Thomas Jefferson and John Adams signed the Constitution.
- The same signatures are on both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
- The Constitution established an American democracy.
- All 13 states participated in writing the Constitution.
- The President can veto a proposed amendment to the Constitution.
- The Constitution gives the Supreme Court the power to declare laws unconstitutional.
- The Constitution explicitly states there is a separation of Church and State.
- The Constitution ensures your right to vote.
Each of these myths is adequately corrected by the author in the article.
There is no question that Americans are ignorant of the Constitution. But there are members of one elite group of Americans that I want to single out who are some of the worst offenders.
The ignorance that Americans have of the Constitution is exceeded by the ignorance of the Constitution that most congressmen have. Members of Congress swear to uphold the Constitution. Article VI, clause 3, of the Constitution requires that senators and representatives “be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution.” U.S. law requires that members of Congress be sworn in before they can take their seats. The language of the congressional oath has changed (it is set by statute) several times since it was first administered in 1789. It now reads:
I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
Regardless of any flaws or problems that the Constitution has, it is the supreme law of the land. One would think that members of Congress—most of whom have at least a bachelor’s degree and many of whom are lawyers—would have a good grasp of what the Constitution says. Yet, their constitutional ignorance is appalling.
Here are 10 myths about the U.S. Constitution that most congressmen believe.