Saturday, July 31, 2010

Iowa GOP accidentally impeaches Reagan

When you think the Republicans can't get any sillier, they always do.

Every so often, you hear a rumor about a supposedly lost constitutional amendment from the early 19th century. According to this urban legend, this amendment - which would revoke U.S. citizenship from any American who accepts a foreign title of nobility - actually passed and became part of the Constitution, but was later suppressed.

In reality, this amendment was approved by many states - but it didn't win enough states to pass. And frankly, I'm sorry it didn't pass, because there's no reason why citizens of a democratic republic should bear noble titles.

But now Iowa's Republican Party has adopted a platform plank demanding that this amendment be added to the Constitution - because they think the amendment will strip President Obama of his citizenship and force him to leave office. They claim Obama's Nobel Peace Prize is a title of nobility.

A Nobel Prize is not a title of nobility, geniuses. But the Iowa GOP thinks it is because they think the word 'nobility' comes from 'Nobel'. I swear I am not making this up.

So even if the amendment had passed, Obama's citizenship would be safe.

However, if the amendment had passed, it means Reagan would have lost his citizenship. Around the time Reagan left office, he accepted knighthood from the British government. And that is a title of nobility. For the last 15 years of his life, he was Sir Ronald Reagan. All the Iowa GOP's platform would accomplish would be to retroactively remove Reagan from power.

It gets sillier.

If the amendment had passed all those decades ago, it would have been numbered as the Thirteenth Amendment. Iowa Republicans' platform says this amendment shall not be passed anew but shall be deemed the Thirteenth. The platform actually says that this amendment shall replace the real Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery.

So not only did the Iowa GOP just impeach Reagan, but they reinstituted slavery as well.

What a bunch of simpletons.

They actually expect to retake Congress with this nonsense?


  1. You have no citations for this. You made it all up.

    " And that is a title of nobility. For the last 15 years of his life, he was Sir Ronald Reagan."

    Earlier you admitted, no he was not.

  2. I accuse you of making everything up. To you that's "semantics".

  3. Here's a link to the story I supposedly "made up":

  4. Nowhere does it say that Republicans think that a obel Prize is grounds for impeachment.


  5. OK, then he was called Madam, hahahahaha!

  6. "I lost $120 to a pickpocketer today at either Buckhead Mountain Grill or Kroger."

    Hee hee.