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Coons Clueless on Constitution

Well. Isn’t this interesting.

As John R. Guardiano has noted below, Democrat Chris Coons and the liberal media have gotten the Constitution totally wrong.

But the question is: Out of ignorance — or deliberateness? I vote for a combination of both.

In one of the more startling moments in the recent debate between Delaware Senate candidates Coons and Christine O’Donnell, the conservative Republican opposing the left-wing Democrat, is Coons’ frightening ignorance of the U.S. Constitution.

You read that right.

In a sentiment that speaks volumes about the combination of ignorance and arrogance all too frequently coming out of Ivy League schoolings and American liberal elites, Coons said this in response to O’Donnell’s discussion of the “overreaching arm of the federal government getting into the business of the local communities.” The conservative O’Donnell said: “…our so called leaders in Washington no longer view the indispensable principles of our founding as truly that, indispensable.”

To which Coons stunningly replied: “Ms. O’Donnell, one of those indispensable principles is the separation of church and state.”

O’Donnell immediately replied: “Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?”

The transcript than indicates “laughter.”

Laughter? If that is meant to mean O’Donnell was wrong, than we are in even worse shape than might be supposed.

There is no such thing in the Constitution as the “separation of church and state.” Coons, who was also unable to name the five freedoms mentioned in the First Amendment (religion, speech, press, the right of peaceful assembly and to petition the Government) simply asserted a flat-out untruth. And the media…predictably…is trying to say O’Donnell was wrong!

This is one very, very big issue. The notion that Coons was wrong is bad enough. The audience not understanding the fundamental founding document that is the U.S. Constitution?

Downright scary — and a glaring warning sign of just how far off-track the American left-wing and secularists have gotten this country.

Christine O’Donnell — she the supposed unqualified candidate — got this 100% correct.

And Coons — the Ivy Leaguer — got it wrong, and not just wrong but abysmally so.

In this one exchange Americans can see two of our big problems at work. Ignorance of the Constitution — and arrogance from self-appointed elitists about a supposed intellectual superiority they quite laughably don’t even come close to possessing.

And the third problem? The serious possibility that Coons in fact knows he’s wrong, but has every intention of deliberately violating the Constitution in an effort to keep extending federal control over every last nook and cranny of American life.

No more local control of schools. No more churches deciding what they can preach. No more First Amendment protections for talk radio or the Internet.

This exchange between O’Donnell and Coons is not just won by O’Donnell — as Guardiano says — it is a vivid illustration of just how determined the left is to grab control of America in total violation of constitutional principles. 

And that is no laughing matter.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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