'Then why are you allowed to vote?' Lauren Boebert goes down in flames after new Constitution gaffe
United States Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado) received an avalanche of derision on Wednesday morning after she penned a vague-yet-incorrect statement about the United States Constitution.
"The U.S. Constitution was not written as a suggestion," Boebert tweeted.
This echoes a similar post that she authored shortly after taking office in 2021, in which she declared that "protecting and defending the Constitution doesn't mean trying to rewrite the parts you don't like."
Then, in June 2022, Boebert complained about the most fundamental of all American freedoms.
"The church is supposed to direct the government. The government is not supposed to direct the church. That is not how our Founding Fathers intended it," Boebert said at a Sunday service. "I'm tired of this separation of church and state junk that's not in the Constitution. It was in a stinking letter, and it means nothing like what they say it does."
Of course, the First Amendment unequivocally states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Article V, meanwhile, literally outlines the process for modifying the Constitution, which has occurred twenty-seven times:
The Congress, whenever two-thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two-thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three-fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.
The internet never forgets, and the social media reactions were merciless.
Mayo: "You are the dumbest assh*le in Congress."
David Weissman: "You understand what amendments are? Besides, you don't abide by the Constitution."
Chidi: "How do you think those 17 additional amendments got into the Constitution?"
Joshua Sauberman • זאוברמן: "So why are you wilfully ignoring every other amendment except the 2nd?"
Terry L. West: "It's been amended 27 times. It wasn't written on stone tablets. Check out Section 3 of that 14th Amendment, then be grateful we don't have a real Attorney General and @TheJusticeDept."
P. Martin Kennedy: "But it was written with the understanding that it would need updating (or to be revised) every couple of decades. You'd know that if you actually studied while being handed your GED at the 3rd time trying...or wasn't your 4th? And did you earn it or did they just give it to you?"
Wrex Weed: "Neither was 'don't expose yourself to minors in public' or 'don't impregnate your fifteen-year-old girlfriend' yet here we are."
Stelenj: "Then why are you allowed to vote? It's almost like it can be amended or something...but sure...it was a good try..."
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