A likely typo
From a Op-Ed by liberal-left Naomi Wolf, in the Washington Post:
"Is America still America if millions of us no longer know how democracy works?
In recent years, the trend away from teaching democracy to young Americans has been at least partly a consequence of the trend of teaching to the standardized tests introduced by the Bush administration. ...
Few young Americans understand that the Second Amendment keeps their homes safe from the kind of government intrusion that other citizens suffer around the world..."
I'd agree with that, but given the writer's political stance, I suspect she meant the Fourth Amendment,
UPDATE: Instapundit has a throughly tongue-in-cheek commentary:
"A couple of readers think that Naomi Wolf meant the Fourth Amendment, not the Second, but I'm sure they're wrong. First, she's writing about Constitutional ignorance, so I'm sure she took time to review the Bill of Rights herself. Second, if she had made that kind of error, one of the layers of editors at the Post would have caught it. Third, her statement is correct on the merits."
As he would say, Ouch!
I'm sending copies out to everyone.
Posted by: 30yearprof at November 27, 2007 12:59 PM
Do you suppose it will be corrected once it hits the archives?
Posted by: Windy Wilson at November 27, 2007 01:12 PM
This could be like the story of the gangster taking the Third Amendment when he was compelled to testify. lol.
Posted by: Windy Wilson at November 27, 2007 01:13 PM
I believe you're right to think she meant the 4A.
However and precisely to her comment, I'm sure the framers felt that "the Second Amendment keeps their homes safe from the kind of government intrusion that other citizens suffer around the world."
Even in the year 2007, I certainly agree. And who says the 2A is outdated...?
Posted by: Carl in Chicago at November 27, 2007 01:51 PM
It wasn't teaching to the test!
It started decades ago. The Lib Teachers don't want the people to know what the Constitution says or how the Founders wanted the Government to work. If the students learned that then how could they swallow the Left Wing BS the Teachers were trying to indoctrinate them with.
The Left wants the students ignorant it makes their job of selling BS easier.
Posted by: Dan Hamilton at November 27, 2007 02:24 PM
Amendments: 1) free speach, then some dead letter stuff, then 2) right to be secure in their homes, etc., 3) right against self incrimination...
It's a living document, so the numbering should keep pace with the times. :-)
Posted by: Peter K. Boucher at November 27, 2007 02:59 PM
Ms. Wolf's amusing mistake is the more amusing for being true in more ways than she knew!
Posted by: Tarn Helm at November 27, 2007 03:58 PM
Hmmm, was it a mistake, or was she subtly/subliminally trying to teach her readers that the Second Amendment protects the others?
I saw a lecture by her on the internets somewhere in which she tried to explain to a crowd of liberals how she finally realized that the militia and the people mentioned in the Second are one and the same. And that the whole point was so the government couldn't take the other liberties without a fight.
It would be nice to be a fly on the wall when it finally dawns on her who it is that wants everybody disarmed...
Posted by: illspirit at November 27, 2007 07:04 PM
"Amendments: 1) free speach, then some dead letter stuff, then 2) right to be secure in their homes, etc., 3) right against self incrimination..."
HA! Now that's funny right there!
Posted by: Bill at November 28, 2007 06:16 AM
DH pretty much got it right. An ignorant population is far easier to lead to the slaughter of so******m (a word that apparently isn't allowed on your comments).
Posted by: emdfl at November 28, 2007 06:30 AM
Layer of Editors? Certainly. They're constantly falling down on the job, and they often cover for each other. It's all in the parsing. (Thanks Bubba)
Posted by: Peter at November 28, 2007 07:02 AM
I think one of the big problems is that people apparently believe that the U.S. is a Democracy, and with their rudimentary "majority rules" understanding of such, expect that if a sufficient number of people or legislators (see Paul Helmke's comments re. the Heller case) support something, then the Consitution is irrelevant.
Posted by: jed at November 28, 2007 04:03 PM
Her sage advice didn't help Al Gore win lol.
Oh he got the women's vote Next.
I don't support women's suffrage for a host of reasons maybe I should live in an Arabic or Persian country.
I know...according to her... Al Gore is the
Alpha Male but I notice he never became President either.
So much for her idiocy and the things she *thinks* she knows.
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