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Saturday, April 16, 2011

25 Myths of the U.S. Constitution

Today in Chino I spoke at a Tea Party meeting, and discussed a few myths about the U.S. Constitution. Inspired by that opportunity, I have decided to begin a series of articles that will explore twenty-five common myths of the U.S. Constitution.

Myth #1: America has three co-equal branches of government.

Myth #2: Federal law supersedes state law. No state can make any law contrary to any federal law.

Myth #3: Roe v. Wade made abortion legal.

Myth #4: The Supreme Court interprets the Constitution, and can decide if a law is constitutional or not.

Myth #5: A Con-Con (Article V. Convention) would allow the Constitution to be re-written.

Myth #6: The Commerce Clause allows the federal government to regulate all commerce between the states however it seems fit.

Myth #7: The General Welfare Clause enables the federal government to take any action it deems necessary for the General Welfare (like entitlement programs).

Myth #8: The Constitution guarantees the separation of church and state.

Myth #9: The Constitution gives you your rights.

Myth #10: The United States is a Democracy.

Myth #11: The United States "is," rather than "are."

Myth #12: The Bill of Rights apply to the States.

Myth #13: Anchor Babies are American Citizens.

Myth #14: The courts are the check against Congress.

Myth #15: The Founding Fathers were deists.

Myth #16: The role of government is to ensure equality through social justice.

Myth #17: The Necessary and Proper Clause allows the federal government to pass any law it deems necessary and proper.

Myth #18: The Constitution ensures no taxation without representation.

Myth #19: Being born in the United States satisfies the definition of Natural Born Citizen.

Myth #20: Constitution is an outdated document, or a living document.

Myth #21: Executive Orders can modify law.

Myth #22: The Federal Government has Implied Powers that are not specifically enumerated by the Constitution.

Myth #23: Progressive Income Tax Rate is Constitutional because of the 16th Amendment.

Myth #24: The Federal Government's job is to tell the States what they can and can't do.

Myth #25: The President has to ask Congress for permission to wage war because the Constitution gives the Congress the authority to declare war.

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