Friday, January 29, 2010

Video: Former Constitutional Law Professor Obama makes up quotes in SOTU not found in the Constitution

Well, he was kind of a Professor - he taught in law school as a lecturer - but he should darn well know what is contained in that document, albeit we don't know Obama to be an actual Constitutional scholar since his transcripts have to this day not been released. For all we know, he could have done extremely poorly in law school. His actions suggest he does not understand the fundamental principles in the Constitution. In any case, here is Obama during the SOTU address quoting the Constitution (via Gateway Pundit):
Here's the problem: that quote - "the notion that we are all created equal" - is not from the U.S. Constitution, but rather from the Declaration of Indepence:
Modern Conservative reported, via Free Republic:
In last night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama said:
We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our Constitution: the notion that we are all created equal….
Um, wrong founding document, Mr. President. It is in our Declaration of Independence that we read:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
And this is the same guy who lectured the Supreme Court moments later in the same speech.
Indeed. Here's that video from a prior post (Video: SCOTUS Justice Alito to Obama: YOU LIE!):

9 comments:

  1. AnonymousMar 13, 2010 06:30 AM
    Not to rain on your parade but i believe President Obama is referring to the 14th Amendment:

    "All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

    You are certainly correct that the Declaration of Independence explicitly states there are certain "inalienable rights" but you are incorrect to suggest that these "ideals" are not found or "enshrined" in the Constitution as the President stated.
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  2. The blogprofMar 13, 2010 08:46 AM
    The actual quote in in the Declaration of independence. The Constitution doesn't say anything about people 'created' equal, only that they should have equal rights, which by the way Obama himself does not believe in.
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  3. AnonymousMar 14, 2010 10:09 AM
    Well this argument is turning semantic and frankly what your post is suggesting is preposterous. I hadn't realized in my initial comment that you thought the President was actually quoting (as in quote unquote) the Constitution. He is referring to "ideals" and "notions" which are "enshrined" in the Constitution. Put another way, these are ideas that are embodied in the Constitution. You yourself say the Constitution says people "should have equal rights" so i think you, me, President Obama and everybody else agree on that front. At no point did he say "The Constitution says 'All men are created equal'". So your criticism is misplaced.

    To give us something to think about, a good counter argument to the point that the constitution embodies (or "enshrines") equal rights under the law (or the "notion that we are all created equal") is the original Article I. Do you know why?

    Just for fun, the quote, "the notion that we are all created equal" doesn't appear anywhere in the Declaration of Independence either. Nor does "inalienable rights" as i suggested before..."unalienable rights" does however. I guess we both need to brush up on our history.
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  4. The blogprofMar 14, 2010 10:33 AM
    Why don't you re-read my short comment. Obama himself does not believe in equal rights as he supports race preferences in hiring and college admissions, among many other such contradictions. And you need to pay attention to the word "created" in his statement that is explicitly from the Declaration.
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  5. AnonymousMar 14, 2010 05:44 PM
    Hmmm. Well i am choosing to ignore your comment about President Obama's beliefs towards equal rights as irrelevant to our discussion about whether the President fabricated quotes in the State of the Union address. I fear you and I will have to agree to disagree on whether hiring/admission preferences improve equality in our society or degrade it. I am not trying to convince you that you're beliefs are wrong or idiotic or misguided and you shouldn't waste your time trying to convince me.

    Just so we are clear, you are now arguing that because President Obama used the word "created" he can only reference the Declaration of Independence? I hope you realize how silly this sounds. The SOTU passage is clear, he is talking about ideas. Ideas that were first mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. Ideas that were later written into our Constitution. Ideas that still guide us today. For you to cherry pick one word out of the passage and say he "makes up quotes" is disingenuous at best and makes you sound like an ignorant person at worst.

    Personally I believe you are smarter than that. I would respect you saying something like "President Obama's policy regarding racial preferences does not live up to the guarantees described in the Declaration of Independence or Constitution." I wouldn't agree with you, but i respect your opinion. I do not respect you when you say the President "makes up quotes" or question his intelligence. I don't think it's true (especially in this case) nor do i think it constructive. I know many democrats did the same thing when President Bush was in office and i decried it then too. If we ever will be able to get past all this partisanship somebody will have to break the cycle.

    Thanks for listening and I hope you at least consider what I am saying.
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  6. AnonymousMar 31, 2010 09:17 PM
    Sorry, Anonymous, but your desperate attempt to avoid facing the fact that BHO made a mistake is making you look ridiculous. The 14th Amendment doesn't apply to the federal government, it is a limitation upon the power of the States. If you pay attention to the discussions about affirmative action, you'll see that one of the key points raised by advocates of federal affirmative action programs is that the federal government is not prevented from engaging in "reverse discrimination" by virtue of the 14th Amendment. Is all of this particularly relevant? I don't really think so, but, before you too vigorously agree w/ me that those arguing w/ you most vehemently are whatever-you-want-to-call-them, go back and look at the comments made about Representative Boehner of Ohio a few months ago when he confused the DofI w/ the Constitution; I'd be delighted to find that you'd written those criticizing Congressman Boehner, advising them that they were part and parcel of the same classification in which you'd placed Obama's critics.
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  7. AnonymousApr 16, 2010 10:39 AM
    "Drawing on the promise enshrined by our constitution;the notion that we are all created equal." I don't know how you can take these exact words by the President and say he is referring to the 14th Amendment. What one word is being is cherry picked here? No one but you has implied that the constitution says people should have equal rights. The idea the President is referring to is one of being born with equal rights.This has a much different meaning then saying we have to create an environment whereby some people declare everyone equal. And if the phrase "created equal", is to have any meaning at all then all attempts to create this equality of results environment will ultimately fail because any efforts to this effect causes unequal results to someone else. The idea implied in being "created equal" is an equality of opportunity, not an equality of results. And this idea finds its origin in our Declaration of Independence.
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  8. The blogprofApr 16, 2010 11:01 AM
    Funny that you mention that, as I believe we are indeed created equal in opportunity, not results. However, Obama believes just the opposite, which is why he supports race preferences that are antithesis exactly to that very same 14th amendment.
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  9. AnonymousApr 16, 2010 12:42 PM
    I completely agree with you, blogprof, with respect to Obama and what he believes on this idea of equality. Liberals believe in rights and equal justice(vs equal opportunity), and they use the constitution as a tool to correct all past injustices. My response was in reply to the March 13,14th Anonymous blogger.
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