WashPo’s Ezra Klein Says We Can’t Understand The Constitution – Written Too Long Ago

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Via Michelle Malkin:

 Here’s a good piece by Doug Powers, commenting on the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein’s belief that the Constitution isn’t understandable because it was written over one hundred years ago. You’ve got to see this video, if you haven’t already:

 http://michellemalkin.com/2010/12/30/constitution/

 Where do these journalistic jamokes like Klein come from, anyway?  Who hires them?  Who needs them?

 I can read – even the English that was written a few centuries ago – really.  But here’s what Ezra says on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown regarding the Republicans’ intention to read the entire Constitution aloud after the new Congress is sworn in:

 Q:  “…Is this a gimmick??

 A:  “Yes, it’s a gimmick.  I mean, (laughs), you can say two things about it.  One is it has no binding power on anything, and then, two, the issue of the Constitution is not that people don’t read the text and think they’re following.  The issue of the Constitution is that the text is confusing because it was written more than a hundred years ago and what people believe it says differs from person to person, and differs depending on what they want to get done.  So, I wouldn’t have expect too much coming out of this.”

 Hey, Ezra.  Listen to me, man.  I’ve read the darned thing a few times, myself.  I don’t have any trouble understanding it.  The language is as clear and precise as it can be.  In fact, Ezra, I think that the clarity is a work of beauty and genius. 

 So, what’s wrong with Ezra?  What is it he thinks that we regular working schmucks can’t understand in the Constitution?

 As Powers points out, the entire document is – what- six pages in length?  When was the last time in history a Republic like this one was constructed on a six–page blueprint?

 Maybe Ezra is related to some higher-up at the Post or at MSNBC.  Tell you what.  I don’t know how he got his job, or how he keeps it with stupidity like this.  I wouldn’t hire this guy to flip burgers.  I don’t think he’s qualified.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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