Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Says Constitution is 400 Years Old, So It Was Written in 1614?
Okay, so the constitution — tattered and fading in the National Archives — looks old. But to call the 200-year-old document 400 years old? Harsh, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. Real harsh. But that's precisely what the Democrat from Texas did while addressing House colleagues Wednesday. While tipping her hat to those who opposed her views towards a bill that could allow Congress to file lawsuits against the President for not upholding his duties per the Constitution, Rep. Lee claimed the Constitution was signed in 1614. At least, if we did her math. Said Lee:
Maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman and others, for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years, operating under a Constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not.
So, good news, President Obama! That little spelling mistake you made referencing Aretha Franklin's "Respect" (which is not spelled "R-S-P-E-C-T") has officially been overshadowed.
Of course, if you need the history refresher, the Constitution was signed Sept. 17, 1787, making it really just... hold on, we're bad at math too... 227 years old. But, really, if we're being honest, it doesn't look a day over 250.
Feel Rep. Lee' pain in the video below. And, if you're Nicolas Cage, watch it for clues.