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:
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.