The Constitution and the Tea Party

Newsweek's Andrew Romano wrote an excellent piece about the tea party's skewed concept of the U.S. Constitution. The centerpiece:

The Constitution is a relentlessly secular document that never once mentions God or Jesus. And nothing in recent jurisprudence suggests that the past few decades of governing have been any less constitutional than the decades that preceded them. But the Tea Party’s language isn’t legal, and neither is its logic. It’s moral: right vs. wrong. What O’Donnell & Co. are really talking about is culture war.

And this is hilarious, given Joe Miller's goons detaining and handcuffing a reporter:

Today, Tea Party activists gather to recite the entire document to each other. They demand that a wayward America return to its Constitutional roots. They even travel to Colonial Williamsburg and ask the actor playing George Washington how to topple a tyrannical government. In short, they take their Constitution worship very, very seriously...

They dig the Constitution as a piece of agitprop -- a way to paint the president and the Democrats as unamerican without employing much nastier, often racially-tinged, language.

(ht MobiusB)