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A Mistake or Two

By on 6.28.11 | 11:17AM

Aaron Worthing claims to have found 13 major factual errors regarding Constitutional matters in a recent Time anti-Constitution cover story by Richard Stengel. Here's the list: 

  1. The Constitution does not limit the Federal Government.
  2. The Constitution is not law.
  3. The Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment emancipated the slaves.
  4. The Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment granted the right to vote to African Americans.
  5. The original Constitution declared that black people were to be counted as three-fifths of a person.
  6. That the original, unamended Constitution prohibited women from voting.
  7. Inter arma enim silent leges translates as "in time of war, the Constitution is silent."
  8. The War Powers Act allows the president to unilaterally wage war for sixty days.
  9. We have only declared war five times.
  10. Alexander Hamilton wanted a king for America.
  11. Social Security is a debt within the meaning of Section Four of the Fourteenth Amendment.
  12. Naturalization depends on your birth.
  13. The Obamacare mandate is a tax.

What were the folks at Time thinking? And why this attack on the Constitution -- what did it ever do to them? 

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