Wielded as a sword of honesty, truth and used as the foundational document to support a political platform of "change", the U.S. Constitution is routinely misquoted and misrepresented by the same candidates asking for your votes this November.
Regardless of party affiliation, young and energetic candidates with little or no political or educational background are playing up to their constituencies, with emotionally charged statements of wanting to "take us back to the days of our founding fathers and the constitution", whatever that means. Political analyst Ken Uchokmi summarizes the frenzy. "I mean, they can't even get the difference between the articles and the amendments straight. Some of them keep quoting the separation of church and state as an article in the constitution, when it doesn't say that at all. It's just a declaration of the creation and separation of governmental power.
Asked for examples, Uchokmi said, "The first amendment is restrictive, preventing the government's power to create or legislate against the freedom to practice ALL religions, free speech, and free press. People also misinterpret the second amendment. We have the right to bear arms, but under the governance of a well regulated militia. Everybody conveniently leaves out the 'well regulated' part. Even the 'one nation under God' phrase in the pledge of allegiance wasn't added until 1954, but it gets mistakenly tied to the constitution all the time".
Uchokmi also questions the motives of those wanting to go back to the days and the spirit of our founding fathers. "That seems to be met with huge applause each time it gets mentioned. I guess everybody forgets that slavery was all the rage until 1865 with the 13th amendment, and that women weren't even allowed to vote, much less run for office until 1920 with the 19th amendment. I'm just saying. The good old days, weren't all that great for many Americans.
"I prefer a society where our fellow citizens are actually familiar with the document that insures our independence and personal freedoms. Then we can separate thinkers and leaders from idiotic fundamentalists and just tell them all to shut up and sit down".