News came out last week of a small publishing company putting warning labels on copies of the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and other historical documents. According to a Fox News Story, Wilder Publications warns readers of its reprints of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, Common Sense, the Articles of Confederation, and the Federalist Papers among others, that “This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today.” Disclaimer goes on to tell parents that they “might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.” Walter Olson, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, says the company may be trying to ensure that oversensitive people don’t pull its works off bookstore or library shelves.
“Any idea that’s 100 years old will probably offend someone or other,” Olson told FoxNews.com. “…But if there’s anything that you ought to be able to take at a first gulp for yourself and then ask your parents if you’re wondering about this or that strange thing, it should be the founding documents of American history.” The warning seems to be offending more people than the documents themselves.
According to the article, Amazon.com’s customer reviews of Wilder’s copy of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation show an overwhelming number of people speaking out against the disclaimer, describing it as “insulting,” “sickening” and “frankly, horrifying.” Another review for Wilder’s edition of the Federalist Papers calls for an all-out boycott of the publisher, sarcastically pointing out the “dangerous ideas” it’s trying to protect children from: “limited government, checks and balances, constrained judicial review, dual sovereignty of states and federal government, and deliberative democracy. The publisher claimed he put the warning on it to keep people from rejecting the content of the document because of what he saw as its “outdated” information. A constitutional authority however, Bob Francisco says it is more likely to have the opposite effect: people not carrying the book because it has the disclaimer. “By putting on the warning, you’re making controversial something that’s not controversial: our Constitution, our Declaration of Independence,” he said. Almost all of the reviews on Amazon and the Internet discussing the disclaimer end with the same thought: don’t buy from this publisher.
It is our opinion that the issue of the U.S. Constitution, along with the state Constitution of Tennessee, is a pertinent issue in the 2010 Tennessee’s Governor race. As a long time activist, Carl has sought to push state government to uphold both the state and U.S. Constitution without favor or compromise and adhere to its tenets no matter whether some feel these principles are outdated. The idea that any publisher feels our Constitution would need a warning on it would make us laugh if it were not so insidiously moronic and stupid. Our challenge to the candidates in this race for Tennessee governor is to let the people know how they stand on upholding the U.S. and Tennessee state Constitutions.
One may say well “why is this so important?” Simply put, because the dividing line between the rights of the federal government and those of the state are clearly outlined in the U.S. Constitution. The 10th and 14th Amendments grant the states the right to govern themselves and if the federal government seeks to interfere with unconstitutional ideals – the state has the right – both ethically and legally – to reject the federalist powers to protect their citizens. Simply put, the states can tell Washington to go somewhere below. If elected governor, Carl “Twofeathers” Whitaker pledges to make sure to fight every effort by Washington to intrude upon the lives of our citizens in an illegal and destructive manner.
As an Independent candidate we don’t have special interests to protect nor do we care about offending our cronies from Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis or any where else in this state. Is it not time Tennessee to put someone in Nashville without strings attached to them before they are even sworn in? Give that some thought and realize that the over reaching of the federal government will just continue until states stand up for the “founding document” of America’s history. From our standpoint, this is a fight worth the effort? The bigger question in this race is “who of the other candidates in this race feel the same?”
We’re looking for you at the polls November 2, 2010 and we ask you to remember Carl Twofeathers Whitaker as you vote! We covet your prayers, your vote and your financial support!
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