Well That’s a New Scam

Always eager to find another way to fleece their followers, Rick Santorum’s Patriot Voices, which bills itself as a “grassroots community,” is now charging people a minimum of $25 to add their name to a copy of the Constitution they’re sending to President Obama.

Join Patriot Voices and add your name to the copy of the U.S. Constitution that we’ll send President Obama. After his State of the Union and his admission that he’ll bypass Congress whenever he can and use the power of the Executive Order, we’d like to send a gentle reminder that the power of the presidency is – by design – limited. For every contribution we get here, we’ll add your name to the Constitution we send to the White House. President Obama needs to know that Americans from every corner of our country have had enough, and want him to go through Congress to get bills passed, not by unilaterally doing it himself.

Patriot Voices is a 501(c)(4), so that donation — they have boxes to check that go all the way up to $5000 — is not tax-deductible. And funny, but I don’t remember Santorum complaining about Bush’s vast expansion of executive authority. In fact, Santorum promised during the 2012 presidential campaign to bring back the Bush torture policies, which are blatantly illegal.

And when Bush declared that he had the authority to imprison American citizens forever without even charging them, much less convicting them, do you remember Santorum sending copies of the Constitution to the White House? Or when Bush was claiming that the executive branch could never be taken to court for any violation of the Constitution that involved national security? Yeah, I don’t either.

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  • A Masked Avenger

    And when Bush declared that he had the authority to imprison American citizens forever without even charging them, much less convicting them, do you remember Santorum sending copies of the Constitution to the White House?

    Agreed–he’s a hypocritical POS.

    However, I hope this observation doesn’t get used by anyone as a tu quoque to justify Obama’s embracing and expanding the Bush doctrine, to include the doctrine that he can declare anyone (including American citizens, as if that actually made it worse) to be an “enemy combatant,” and then, on his say-so alone, can order them killed. It’s easy to make the mistake of embracing a mass murderer because we find him less awful than some other mass murderer.

  • kevinalexander

    Not that I’d send Rick even 25 cents but if I got his copy of the Constitution I’d check for a blank spot where the first amendment used to be.

  • chilidog99

    Damn. I wish I had thought up that.

  • Artor

    So when Obama exercises the authority granted to him by the Constitution, the Frothy One is going to send him a copy of the document that outlines his authority to do just that. What exactly is this supposed to accomplish?

  • Don’t fall for it, Conservatives! Obama is just doing this so that he can get free Constitutions! Obama is powered by tearing up Constitutions!

  • peterh

    #2 wins the thread.

  • @ #2

    A blank spot or a brown stain covering part of it. One or the other.

  • I’m just wondering if any of Santorum’s acolytes will bother reading the Constitution before signing it. I have a strong feeling if you changed the Constitution to 21st Century plain speaking language, removed the title, and handed it to these people, they’d be, “WTF?!? Hell no, I’m not signing that. Damn atheist, socialist rag.”

  • Moggie

    So, it’s essentially a petition? When have you ever needed to pay to sign a petition?

  • That’s almost as good as Gingrich’s fake awards scam.

  • pickwick

    Modus Operandi, I wandered away from FtB for a year or so, but it’s good to see that you’re still leaving giggle-inducing witticisms on many of Ed’s posts. I doff my cap to you.

  • pickwick, thanks, but I think I should point out that I’m a spambot.

  • sugarfrosted

    @2, don’t forget the quotemined version of the Second that will be there. I mean besides if you think it guarantees the right for individuals to own guns, it’s often quotemined by the right as “the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” which is not the whole thing: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” (The comma after Arms is in one version and not the other, which I think is precisely where the confusion in interpretation comes from.)

  • peterh

    The confusion comes, #13, in not understanding the distinctions between relative and dependent clauses.