OK, I’m pretty sure most of us have seen this already:
Jan. 17, 2013
TO THE EDITOR:
Republicans and “so-called” conservatives are at it again. They are claiming that the Constitution gives people the right to have guns without the permission of the government. If that were true, then how could New York and Chicago have laws against it?
We Democrats are sick and tired of Republicans constantly using the Constitution to cover up their true plans, which are to make us all afraid of everyone else. Our great president came from a civilized part of the country where there is strict gun control, and he is only trying to bring the benefits of that more modern way of living to the rest of us. I don’t know the exact statistics, but I’m quite certain that Chicago is a lot safer that Morehead City, when it comes to gun violence.
But do Republicans and conservatives listen to the voice of reason? No, of course not. All they want to do is whine and complain about how gun control and wealth redistribution violate the Constitution, as if the Constitution were all that great, anyway. There are a lot of things that need to be changed about the Constitution, I’d say, and President Obama needs to change it.
The Republicans are just trying to stand in the way, because the president is black. They even dared to question whether he was born in this country. I think all this demonstrates that the Constitution needs to be amended when it comes to the qualifications for being president. Right now, it says that a person has to be 35 years old and be a natural born citizen. Well, that is obviously unfair because there are a great many otherwise qualified people who cannot run for president because their mothers had to have a C-section. But because the Constitution was written a hundred years ago, nobody even thought of the discrimination that would result from a doctor having to deliver a baby in this unnatural way. Now that we Democrats are in control of the government, that’s just one more thing we should change in our drive to make life fair.
Please withhold my name because I don’t want to get crank calls.
PROUD TO BE A DEMOCRAT
OK, well, I took about 30 minutes to look into this and what I found was interesting. First, the search page that points to the original paper in which this letter was reported to have been published reports as “page not found.” However, I did find a page on this paper’s official site that has responses to this letter. I read several pages of them and didn’t find a single denial from the paper’s staff. I also tried to search for evidence that this letter is an internet fake or hoax. While it may be out there, I didn’t find any evidence that this is the case. In fact, I found evidence suggesting that sources such as the Free republic and FOX News actually authenticated it. So you can draw your own conclusions.
As for me, I do not doubt that this letter is real – because I’ve met people who actually think this way. This is the result of our public education system AND our news media. This is also a strong case for amending the Constitution to require ownership of real property or service in the military – during a time of armed conflict – in order to earn the right to vote. Otherwise, there will always be more people like this writer than like those of us who try to keep well enough informed to actually make intelligent and informed decisions about our government.