The latest incredibly-inane-Tea-Party-statement-du-jour from south of the border originates with a gentleman by the name of Roscoe Bartlett:
“Not that it’s not a good idea to give students loans; it certainly is a good idea to give them loans,” Bartlett said. “But if you can ignore the Constitution to do something good today, tomorrow you will be ignoring the Constitution to do something bad. You could. There are more people in our, in America today of German ancestry than any other [inaudible]. The Holocaust that occurred in Germany — how in the heck could that happen? And when you start down the wrong road, it can be a very slippery slope.”
Now, I’m not going to comment on the flagrant abuse of Godwin’s law here, because frankly that has become pretty much par for the course among politicians who don’t use the Internet. What I am going to comment upon is the bizarre logic with regard to the Constitution.
Mr. Bartlett seems to be treating the Constitution here the way that the Bible is often treated. What I mean by this is not that he’s regarding it as something which he needs to obey regardless of his personal preferences (a point upon which he is correct), but because he seems to be reading things into the Constitution which aren’t actually there and then acting as if they’re iron-clad.
This kind of ‘logic’ is surprisingly common among Biblical ‘literalists’ who, in spite of their protestations, have an entire conception of Christianity seems based around things which were made-up centuries later.