It’s Constitution Day in America, which is generally the day in which politicians try to prove their immense knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. founding documents. Occasionally some of them misquote it, instead citing the Declaration of Independence, but Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) took another route.
“We will never rewrite the Constitution of the United States,” she proclaimed proudly on Twitter.
When the Constitution is changed it’s called an Amendment and the founding document is rewritten. As Justice Stephen Breyer has remarked, the Constitution is a “living constitution” that looks to text, history, precedent, purposes, consequences and current values to interpret any text that may have been vague, The Olympian recalled in 2011. It was 1992 the last time the Constitution was rewritten, when Blackburn was serving as the chair of the Williamson County Republican Party. She also lost her first campaign for Congress that year.
As one reporter pointed out, Blackburn is currently sponsoring three Constitutional Amendments to rewrite the document:
She drew a lot of criticism for her remarks, from people trying to explain to her how the Constitution works and what an Amendment is. You can see them below:
https://twitter.com/MykeCole/status/1306681798882189315 https://twitter.com/JamesSurowiecki/status/1306655723628224512 https://twitter.com/JRehling/status/1306636329434800128 https://twitter.com/AndrewFeinberg/status/1306651796564303872 https://twitter.com/ggreeneva/status/1306657611673198598 https://twitter.com/StevenTDennis/status/1306655345322930177 https://twitter.com/fmanjoo/status/1306664652797956096 https://twitter.com/janeknowsshit/status/1306712588135182336 https://twitter.com/hugie075/status/1306713468251373569 https://twitter.com/Deb3921/status/1306713471657140225 https://twitter.com/spookysee/status/1306714062978347010 https://twitter.com/DaveRapps/status/1306714085359222786