Hannity & Barton on Con Law: Required Reading at Tea Parties

Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has a knack for saying just the right thing. She famously educated Chris Matthews on the merits of guilt by association saying “…usually we associate with people who have similar ideas to us, and it seems that it calls into questions what Barack Obama’s true beliefs, and values, and thoughts are…I am very concerned that he [Barack Obama] may have anti-American views.” Now, Bachman is inviting conservative commentator Sean Hannity and Christian evangelical author David Barton to teach lawmakers the nuances of Constitutional law. Bachmann originally considered Supreme Court Justices Scalia or Clarence Thomas but neither could match Hannity’s honorary degree (he dropped out of two colleges) from the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, or Barton’s religious education BA degree from Oral Roberts Univerity. 

Neither Hannity nor Barton are lawyers, of course, but they do subscribe to the “myth” of Church-State  separation and the need to place the likeness of Rush Limbaugh on Mount Rushmore (just kidding on the last part – I think). According to Bachmann deputy chief of staff, Brook Bialke, “Topics ranging from the commerce clause to the intersection of constitutional principles with daily concerns such as Medicare will be covered.”

Should be educational — in an Orwellian kind of way.

Source:  Think Progress

–Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

34 thoughts on “Hannity & Barton on Con Law: Required Reading at Tea Parties”

  1. Tootie:

    “It is those who have graduated from allegedly distinguished colleges and universities who run and have run this country for nearly a century.”


    That would be about two centuries there Tootie. Despite my disdain for reflexive adulation for Ivy League grads, I infinitely prefer their accomplishments to those like you who complain the loudest even as they accomplish the least. Virginia’s own “Southern Ivy,” The College of William & Mary,has done pretty well: Thomas Jefferson, John Tyler, and James Monroe, Peyton Randolph, Fulwar Skipwith, Henry Clay, and John Marshall.

  2. It is those who have graduated from allegedly distinguished colleges and universities who run and have run this country for nearly a century.

    Yet, here we are on the brink of collapse. We are now a totalitarian police-state BECAUSE of these people.

    Thus, no one with an once of wisdom or true intelligence can conclude that having a degree from an Ivy League school, a baby Ivy, or any other school which Democrats/Marxists, or leftists approve of is in any way a measure of having received a quality education.

    And by this evidence we could easily conclude that the worst Americans ever come from the most expensive and most exclusive colleges and universities.

    Of course this mainly refers to law schools and the liberal arts. By its very nature, science requires an adherence to reality.

  3. FYI:

    Rep. Charles Rangel found guilty of breaking 11 ethics rules
    11:52 AM

    A House ethics panel has found Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., guilty of breaking 11 ethics rules.

    Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., said there was “clear and convincing evidence” on the charges. She just finished reading the votes taken in private of the bipartisan trial committee’s deliberations.

    Rangel, a former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, had been charged on 13 counts, including misusing his office to raise money for a public policy center bearing his name and failure to pay taxes on rental income from a Dominican villa. Two charged had been rolled into one, Lofgren said.

    “We have tried to act with fairness, led only by the facts and the law,” Lofgren said. “We believe we have accomplished that mission.”

    (Posted by Catalina Camia)

  4. Swarthmore mom:

    I guess many candidates don’t pay any attention to the American voters position.

  5. I saw a poll where about 75% of Americans support the extension of unemployment benefits. Michelle Bachmann and the majority of rebublicans want to end the extension. I guess many American voters don’t pay any attention to the candidates positions.

  6. I see that a lot of the cable channels are giving the Republicans a lot of air time,But I also see this report the third since the election that is telling us something else:

    Poll: GOP’s House Win Was Rejection of the Democrats, Not a Mandate
    Americans overwhelmingly say that the midterm election results that gave Republicans control of the House represented a rejection of the Democrats and not a mandate for the GOP, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll conducted Nov. 11-14.


  7. Smom,

    That would explain the look in her eyes. She keeps seeing a 900 foot Jesus.

  8. Michele Bachmann is a graduate of the last class of Oral Roberts University Law School.

  9. FYI:

    Kentucky GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell’s opposition could doom Zadroga 9/11 health bill

    BY Michael Mcauliff

    Monday, November 15th 2010, 4:00 AM
    ‘If he’s only going to help the people of Kentucky … he doesn’t deserve to be a national leader,’ John Feal of the Fealgood Foundation says of Kentucky GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell (above).
    ‘If he’s only going to help the people of Kentucky … he doesn’t deserve to be a national leader,’ John Feal of the Fealgood Foundation says of Kentucky GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell

    * 9/11 responders rip Dems for vote delay on health bill
    * Watch Rep. Anthony Weiner explode over 9/11 bill
    * Bitter political fight on the Hill over 9/11 Zadroga bill
    * Zadroga measure to help 9/11 responders may die

    WASHINGTON – A key senator who is balking at legislation to help ailing 9/11 responders backed similar steps for sick nuclear workers in his home state.

    Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader from Kentucky, refuses to take a public position on the $7.4 billion James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, but sources say that in private discussions he has not supported it.

    When he was running for reelection two years ago, McConnell touted his support for a law that compensated “patriots” who worked to build America’s nuclear arsenal during the Cold War.

    McConnell said as much in an ad that sounds remarkably like the case for helping Americans who came from all over the country to toil in the toxins of Ground Zero – and got sick after officials said it was safe.

    “During the Cold War, America’s security depended on nuclear strength. Workers at Paducah’s gaseous diffusion plant are patriots who did some of the most dangerous work,” the ad says.

    “We always knew the job was dangerous,” says nuke worker David Fuller in the ad. “What we found out along the way was that it was more dangerous than what we were made aware of.”

    McConnell’s spot crows that he won both a cancer screening program and compensation for people who were ignored and dying because of their service – much like 9/11’s neglected responders.

    “Really all we’re asking for is the same thing that was done for nuclear workers,” said Rep. Pete King (R-L.I.). “I would hope that Mitch McConnell realizes that 9/11 workers were just as victimized as the nuclear workers were, and they all should be protected by the federal government.”

    Advocates for 9/11 responders argued that McConnell’s constituents would be all for him backing the Zadroga bill.

    “If he’s only going to help the people of Kentucky, he’s a homer; he doesn’t deserve to be a national leader,” said John Feal, founder of the Fealgood Foundation.

    “Kentucky people are some of the most patriotic people in the country,” Feal said. “They would be embarrassed if they knew Mitch McConnell was not supporting 9/11’s patriots.”

    The Zadroga bill needs two Republican senators to sign on in order to pass. Insiders believe one is ready to join, but if McConnell said yes, many more likely would follow.

    “His vote is a lot more important than just his one vote – it’s a lot more what he does as party leader,” said one person involved in negotiations. “If he makes this a free vote, 10 or 15 Republicans will probably vote for it.”

    The Senate is expected to meet just three more weeks before the start of the new Congress next year, and if the bill does not pass, it will be dead.

  10. I am looking forward to people becoming more educated. I suppose I am thankful that I have some degree of intelligence.

  11. Taibbi’s work seems to strike the right note of anger and frustration that will be needed in the future to motivate the apathetic masses…..

    (His Rolling Stone piece earlier this year on the Tea Baggers was spot on).

    Thanks anon nurse.

  12. http://www.alternet.org/story/148855/taibbi%3A_the_tea_party_moron_complex

    Taibbi: the Tea Party Moron Complex By rallying behind dingbats and morons like Palin and Michele Bachmann, the Tea Party has made anti-intellectualism its rallying cry.

    November 14, 2010

    The following is an excerpt from Matt Taibbi’s new book, “Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America”:

    Bachmann is the perfect symbol of the Dumb and Dumber approach to high finance. She makes a great show of saying things that would get a kindergartner busted to the special ed bus — shrieking, for instance, that AmeriCorps was a plot to force children into liberal “reeducation camps” (Bachmann’s own son, incidentally, was a teacher in an AmeriCorps program), or claiming that the U.S. economy was “100 percent private” before Barack Obama’s election (she would later say Obama in his first year and a half managed to seize control of “51 percent of the American economy”). end excerpt

  13. Pete:

    It would seem so,but I think this time the Repubs have painted themselves into a very tight corner.

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