In Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford is lucky that he was not egged, tped, and then burned in effigy after he invited people to come to his office for Halloween after four to trick or treat and walk away with . . . copies of the Constitution. The Constitution is my life. I love the Constitution. I have spent a lifetime speaking and writing about the Constitution. However, it ain’t the same as a Reeces or Snickers bar. Indeed, Sanford needs to flip to the Eighth Amendment: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” This was the infliction of cruel and unusual punishment on Halloween.
Sanford seemed clueless to his abominable act, writing on Facebook: “Unfortunately, no candy, but we do have Pocket Constitutions for all trick or treaters.”
And Sanford wonders why he was defeated in the GOP primary. When I was a kid, we loathed the parents who would give out apples or “healthy alternatives” to candy, but nothing would have prepared us for an inedible copy of the Constitution.
To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up essential [candy], to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither [candy] nor Safety.”
As for our Halloween, we have the house decked out with our graveyard and ghouls. We had great weather and a lot of kids . . . and gave out full-sized candy and no Constitutions.