It has always amused me that right wing politicians who claim to love the Constitution almost invariably know next to nothing about it, and those who pretend to revere the Founding Fathers so much continually use fake quotes from them. Jody Hice, who is going to be the next Republican congressman from Georgia, is no exception.
Andrew Kaczynski pulled a whole bunch of fake quotes from Hice’s Facebook page, starting with the infamous “quote” from Jefferson:
That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.
Except Jefferson didn’t say this, Henry David Thoreau did. And another fake Jefferson quote:
“Most Bad Government has grown out of Too Much Government.”
This actually comes from a speech about Jefferson from 1913. Jefferson never said it. I find it especially amusing to hear politicians “quote” Patrick Henry about how wonderful the Constitution is, like this one:
The Constitution is NOT an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.
Hice is apparently blissfully ignorant of the fact that Henry opposed the passage of the Constitution, arguing that, in fact, it was an instrument to restrain the people. There are also fake quotes from Ben Franklin and John Quincy Adams.