Republicans have claimed, again and again, to be strict constitutionalists.
- They have made themselves out to be the party of the constitution, holding “lessons” on the constitution on the floor of the house, and constantly referencing our founding fathers like they were demigods whose words and moral were perfect.
- Republicans have gone so far as to claim that the Constitution protects a corporation’s right to spend unlimited amounts of money on elections.
- Republicans see any form of gun control as an attack on the second amendment.
Yet, what Republican’s practice is not constitutionalism, it is convenient constitutionalism. They reference the constitution when it is convenient to do so, and ignore it when it is not (quick tangent: The same thing applies to referencing the bible.). That is why the Republican response to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s invocation of the 14th amendment as a tool to overcome a debt deal impasse is so laughable. The 14th amendment states, “the debt of the United States shall not be questioned”. This reality takes a lot of leverage away from the far-right wingers in their negotiations with President Obama and the Democrats on a debt deal. So, it is in inconvenience to them. Therefore, they have chosen to rebut the constitution.
They are trying to have their constitution, and eat it too. This is far from the first time this has happened (even this year! “Natural born citizens” anyone?), it is merely the most recently example of GOP constitutional convenience.