Hint for Peter Beinart : when nit-picking, mind your own nits

In full Bitchy Mode, Peter Beinart sweaked :

Tim Pawlenty, … also declared that America’s first “basic constitutional principle” is “God’s in charge.” And there I was, all this time, thinking that in a democracy the “basic constitutional principle” is that the demos—the people—are in charge.

The word “Democracy” appears nowhere in the Constitution or Declaration of Independence.  For that matter, the D-word wasn’t exactly used positively by the Founders.  As if he hadn’t embarrassed himself enough, he continues :

I had naively assumed that “God’s in charge” is the “basic constitutional principle” of well, theocracy. For Pawlenty, evidently, Thomas Jefferson and the Ayatollah Khomeini saw government pretty much the same way.

… soo… faith in God makes you the same as a blood-thirsty Ayatollah? Nice.  Notice how it doesn’t even occur to Beinart that the word “constitutional” has more than one meaning? (For example, “pertaining to the constitution or composition of a thing; essential”.  Folks like Ayatollah Abraham Lincoln, Ayatollah George Washington and Ayatollah John F Kennedy would surely agree that the notion that “God is in charge” is “essential”.


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