Sharron Angle Thinks the Constitution is Not About Government

Living proof that the government SHOULD have a say in education

The Mesquite Local News reported on a very interesting Angle gathering in their town on October 1. What it shows is that if you thought the woman had already gone off the deep end that it’s proving to be a long drop, because she keeps going down but never seems to hit bottom.

She met 400 or so of her faithful followers and there treated them to a hefty dose of her delusionary rhetoric, which by all appearances they lapped up eagerly. Reid had held his Mesquite rally privately; she may wish she had done the same, but then she doesn’t show a great deal of awareness of what comes out of her mouth.

Besides, she can always claim later she never said it.

The rally’s sponsors were – hold your breath – the Tea Party and the Mesquite Republican Women’s Club and an ironically named group called the “Friends of the Founding Fathers.”

As the Mesquite Local News puts it, “Mesquite got a taste of the surreal.”

I believe you will agree the term is apt but not for the reasons the Local News believes. You see, they believe the strangest thing to transpire is the presence of Mesquite mayor Susan Holecheck, who is “featured on Harry Reid’s website as a ‘Republican For Reid.'”

But what was truly surreal was Angle’s avowed beliefs on the purpose of the United States Constitution. Move over, Sarah Palin; a new Constitutional expert is in town.

Angle, described as a “diminutive but cheery grandmother” arrived late but “received a warm reception” we are told.

She complained that in attempting to home school her son she discovered that, “Government has gotten between us and our children.” (She told the crowd, “Certainly, someone in Washington, D.C. doesn’t know what is best for my child in Nevada”).

This led her to discover “how dysfunctional the state government could be.”

Then came the gem of the century:

“Government isn’t what our founding fathers put into the Constitution. This is different,” Angle said.

Yes, Sharron – can we call you “Grandma Sharron”? – well, Grandma Sharron, perhaps homeschooling wasn’t the right choice for you. Because yes, the Constitution is ALL about government. The Constitution established the United States government, replacing the clunky and unworkable “Articles of Confederation” that got us through the Revolution.

If you don’t think the Constitution is about government, then please enlighten us as to what you think its purpose was. It allows demonstrations of gratuitous, even jaw-droppingly tragic stupidity of the sort which you’ve shown yourself capable but contrary to Tea Party spin, it’s not about gun ownership and States Rights.

But Grandma Sharon wasn’t done. Already having been exposed as a insider wannabe in a recorded conversation with opponent Scott Ashjian, she had the audacity (or unawareness) to say that the Nevada legislature was all about “good old boys, let’s make a deal, business as usual.”

Wasn’t that just what she tried to do with Ashjian, promising to use her clout with Republicans in Washington on his behalf, to bribe/threaten him to drop out of the race?

You must remember that Grandma Sharron is already a bit of an insider herself, being a member of the state legislature since 2003, serving as minority whip. That’s seven years of experience in government for this “outsider.” And she’s already shown she can play “good old boys” with the “good old boys.”

Now she wants to trade up to a more lucrative job, that of U.S. Senator in place of Harry Reid. Despite the recent evidence of her own conspiratorial behavior with Scott Ashjian, she called Reid a “co-conspirator” with President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Together, the three seem to form the Tea Party “axis of evil” in Nevada.

“Harry Reid has promoted and pushed through and made the deals for policies that have crushed our economy,” Angle said. “We can’t afford Harry Reid.”

Gosh, Grandma Sharron, where were you for the eight years of the Bush administration while he was raping the Constitution and plundering our economy? It is Republicans we can’t afford. People like you.

So what’s her ingenious plan? Hold your breath: “Cut back, pay back, and take back.”

She says that the U.S. government is controlled by “unconstitutional czars” which I suppose is meant to justify her lingering threat of “Second Amendment remedies” if she and her Tea Party thugs don’t get their way. It all plays to the Republican “government in exile” meme in which the Obama administration is an usurper. He’s a Muslim anti-colonialist Kenyan, after all.

Like Bush and all Republicans since Eisenhower, Grandma Sharron is a plunderer:

  • She wants to take away Social Security (she’ll be covered either way as a former U.S. Senator if she gets elected so she won’t need it);
  • Since she doesn’t believe in education (including, apparently, her own) she wants to wipe out the Department of Education; and,
  • Because as a U.S. Senator she will have socialized medicine, she wants to take away our healthcare (nowhere near as comprehensive as her own) so recently granted by Obama and the Democratic majority in Congress.

Typical of Republicans, the little guy isn’t even meant to get the crumbs off the table.

But that’s not all. Her “I want to repeal Obamacare,” may have gotten her the most applause in poor Mesquite, but she also wants to wipe out regulation, which even the Founding Fathers recognized was necessary.

Pssst, Grandma Sharron: Regulation is in the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3).

You almost have to admire her blatant hypocrisy if not her gratuitous ignorance.

Though there is no record of any current Tea Party candidate calling for transparency in government during the eight years of the Bush maladministration, Grandma Sharron called for “true transparency.” Opacity is okay for Republicans; after all, they won’t answer questions even when they allow them to be asked, and they won’t debate Democratic opponents or talk to unapproved media outlets.

And of course, good Tea Partier that she is, she threw a punch for the wealthy, arguing that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans be retained. Because they, after all, are not the ones who destroyed our economy but the poor bastards who were its victims.

And she wants those poor businesses to pay lower taxes. They’re victims too, after all.

Again, just to stress the point, Grandma Sharron had nothing for the poor huddled masses who got screwed by the wealthy and corporations in the crash of ’08.

At least she didn’t threaten to shoot us again. Now she’s merely talking about running over us with a train: “They can either get on board the train or get run over by it.”

Of course, if the train derails as it did in 2008, then we will likely hear more about those “Second Amendment remedies.”

Then she showed yet another piece of monstrous “good old boys” gaming by not answering the question “Would you let the government send jobs to other countries like that?” Even Grandma Sharron is likely aware that her “good old boys” in Congress recently derailed legislation that would have kept jobs in the United States, and returned others from overseas.

And of course, she couldn’t miss the opportunity to attack Islam, claiming that “It seems to me there is something fundamentally wrong with allowing a foreign system of law to take hold in any municipality or government situation in our United States” even though no such thing has happened.

But then we’d all be plenty surprised if facts suddenly began to matter to the Tea Party! That would be a truly surreal moment.

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15 Replies to “Sharron Angle Thinks the Constitution is Not About Government”

  1. Hraf, Social Security certainly needs reformation and transformation; it’s going broke as we speak. It’s not the payments to senior citizens that is an issue but the massive fraud in the disability areas. Same with Medicare and Medicaid.

    The Department of Education is an unnecessary bureaucracy that interferes with state’s rights of control. Mainly, it has been a tool to inject a liberal agenda into the process, which slows it down and increases costs.

    And Obamacare is definitely NOT the way to go. Yes, we needed healthcare reform, to include tort reform, but instead we got a massive healthcare welfare spendathon that was actually wealth re-distribution. Thousands of unread pages in the law forced down the throats of the 70% who didn’t want it.

    Hopefully in November, we’ll begin to correct the events of the last two years and cut spending. Our nation’s future is at stake.

  2. “Hraf, Social Security certainly needs reformation and transformation; it’s going broke as we speak. It’s not the payments to senior citizens that is an issue but the massive fraud in the disability areas. Same with Medicare and Medicaid.”

    Social Security is not going broke. From MSNBC: This year’s report
    ( http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/TRSUM/trsummary.html ) by the trustees who oversee the fund found that, if left alone, the Social Security system will continue to be able to pay its bills for at least the next 40 years — thanks in part to a $1.4 trillion nest egg of Treasury securities that has been stashed away over the past several decades. ( A separate analysis – http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/55xx/doc5530/06-14-SocialSecurity.pdf – by the Congressional Budget Office figures the fund is in good shape until 2052.) To the extent we are having problems we can blame the Bush administration for cutting taxes but failing to reduce spending to match, putting the budget deeply in the red.

    “The Department of Education is an unnecessary bureaucracy that interferes with state’s rights of control. Mainly, it has been a tool to inject a liberal agenda into the process, which slows it down and increases costs.”

    This cannot be proven. In fact, the Department of Education is necessary to protect minorities from the excesses of Democracy, where the majority legislates their own position above the interests of all. This was one of the main reasons the Constitution was written. The example of Texas proves that the States should not be allowed to “go their own way.”

    “And Obamacare is definitely NOT the way to go. Yes, we needed healthcare reform, to include tort reform, but instead we got a massive healthcare welfare spendathon that was actually wealth re-distribution. Thousands of unread pages in the law forced down the throats of the 70% who didn’t want it.”

    On the contrary, the majority of Americans wanted healthcare reform and they did not want less than delivered, they wanted more. To the extent that what you call “Obamacare” is inadequate is due to Republican obstructionism. Demagogues like Angle want socialized medicine for themselves but not for anyone else. Defend that hypocrisy if you can.

    For the record, any government collection and spending of taxes is a redistribution of wealth. Interestingly, Republicans complain only when it is the money of the wealthy being taxed; it is never a redistribution of wealth when the average person is being taxed.

    The United States’ debt problems are not the fault of Obama or Democratic spending — it is caused by tax cuts, wars and other spending while cutting taxes (by Bush) and by expenditures to help banks and the housing market (a result of Bush’s mismanagement of the economy and Republican deregulation efforts). The mess we are in now can only be escaped if a Democratic administration and Congress are in control. The Republicans, as President Obama correctly pointed out, drove the car into the ditch. We are not giving you the keys back to do it again.

    “Hopefully in November, we’ll begin to correct the events of the last two years and cut spending. Our nation’s future is at stake.”

    It is actually the events of the eight years before 2008 which must be addressed and corrected. We have begun repairing the damage but it will take more than a single term to undo decades of Republican mismanagement of America’s domestic affairs.

    In the end, everything comes down to Republican mismanagement of the economy since 1957.

  3. Ah those talking points emails will get you every time! Sometimes people should think about them before they spout them.

  4. Sharron Angle is just the tip of a disease going around in which people support someone regardless of the things they say and do. it is incomprehensible to me that people support this woman given the things she says and has said. It’s just simply unbelievable to me that her and Harry Reid are this close of in the polling. even if Harry Reid is the worst senator in the world he should be at least 90 points over her in a poll

    Sheer lack of vetting. Sheer lack of caring. I don’t know if her campaign people go home at night laughing or crying.

  5. Disinformation and misinformation can be blamed for much of this. As you say, Angle on the issues alone should be nowhere near Reid in polling. Unreasoning fear and hatred is another factor, and this is fed into by Tea Party rhetoric and FOX News, as studies show that Republicans who watch FOX News believe most of what they hear (despite it’s obvious bias and numerous errors of omission and commission).

  6. I had to laugh when I read her statements that the Constitution is not about government. By running for a U.S. Senate seat, she is trying to become an integral part of the government that she says the Constitution is not about. I find her circular logic quite funny, but it’s no different from people who say government is the problem while they strive to become a part of it. She is definitely a poster child for the dumbing down of this country, and I shake my head in disbelief that people anywhere can put their faith in someone so lacking in basic knowledge of government, common sense or common decency. If she manages to win a seat in the Senate, the people who put her there will deserve every bit of derision and hardship that’s guaranteed to come their way.

  7. Crazy, isn’t it? Unfortunately, if ignorance has its day, the rest of us get to go along for the ride…and I’d really hoped we’d come to the end of that road in 2008.

    And now the right-leaning media is criticizing liberals for attacking GOP women. So insisting on facts is apparently a no-no according to the conservative media elite.

  8. Anne, you give me hope! I live in Las Vegas and every single day I see the polls even, I cringe. I am completely amazed at the unmitigated mis-information and downright lies spewing from Angle’s mouth. I have to believe that the polling is skewed to exclude cell phone polling and/or Clark County.

    I know the Northern region of Nevada is pro-Angle, and a lot of the elder, white (Angle demographics), don’t have cell-phone-only households. I can’t wait until this farce is over and hopefully we can put Angle on a shelf and dust her off when we need a good laugh now and then.

    Bless you for seeing through the nonsense and giving me hope that there are more of us, than them.

  9. Are you talking about Regan? He was good at giving speeches. Or would you rather have a President who reads from their palm.

  10. I also take heart from reading your post and seeing that there are plenty of Nevada residents who are very clear about the choice they face in November. Not only does Angle talk nonsense, but she and her ilk clearly do not have the interests of Americans at heart. I mean, how can anyone listen to this fool say that people on unemployment are “spoiled” without feeling a surge of anger? It takes a soulless, heartless creep to kick people who are already down. This country is at a crossroads, because we have to decide whether we are going to go full-tilt into the 21st century, or remain stuck in the past and hindered by the kind of complacency that keeps us from seeing that we can’t simply rest on the proud moments of our past. That’s where the hard right resides, and if they have their way, this country will truly regress. Angle and other “politicians” like her are a symptom of how badly the political scenario has deteriorated. I mean, 40 years ago, she, Palin, and others would have been laughed off the political stage. It’s an indictment of the country’s dumbing down that they have a serious shot at political power on a national scale, where they can do a great deal of harm.

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