Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) Gets BOTH the Constitution and the Torah Wrong in the Same Interview

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From http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2011

Jerrold Nadler Gets Both the Constitution and the Torah Wrong in The Same Interview

Progressive’s have been lining up against Speaker Boehner’s plan to open the House session tomorrow with a reading of the United States Constitution, even though the Democrats have been invited to participate in the ceremony.  Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Va.) office told the Washington Post that he would issue advising Democrats they are welcome to take part.  But that is not good enough for the  progressive Congressman from New York, Jerrold Nadler.

“They are reading it like a sacred text,” He called the “ritualistic reading” on the floor “total nonsense” and “propaganda” intended to claim the document for Republicans. “You read the Torah, you read the Bible, you build a worship service around it,” said Nadler, who argued that the Founders were not “demigods” and that the document’s need for amendments to abolish slavery and other injustices showed it was “highly imperfect.”

“You are not supposed to worship your constitution. You are supposed to govern your government by it,” he said.

Nadler’s comments show the main problem with the progressive philosophy.  One does not simply read the Torah like its a good novel or the morning paper read with a bagel and schmear. Even when the Torah is read in Synagogue the words are to be used as a learning tool. Prayers are for Worshiping, Torah is for studying. The Torah is studied because it is meant to be the blueprint for how to live your life.  Similarly the Constitution is being read in the House of Representatives as a study tool. It is the blueprint that the US Government is supposed to follow. And the fact that it can be amended is the beauty of its perfection.

Nadler is wrong, the constitution is a sacred text. And reading it is more than just a stupid little ritual.

“The Constitution is seen as both the source and the product of God’s blessing on the United States,” said John Green, a University of Akron political scientist and adviser to the Pew Forum’s surveys on religion in politics. “Reading and invoking the Constitution is part of a public ritual that makes up the civil religion.”

In his first presidential inaugural address, George Washington divined the invisible hand of providence in the nation’s creation, a pervasive belief, Green said, that imbued the Constitution with a “quasi-scriptural” quality. The perceived majesty of the document has waxed and waned over time, but after a sweeping Republican Party victory in the November midterms, it is conservative and tea party members who are most vocal in extolling its restorative powers.

Today’s “opening” of the House of Representatives was full of ritual, like the calling out of each name and having each member vote individually and publicly is one great example. If Congressman Nadler wants to get rid of some of the Congressional ritual why not cut out that little part where they appoint a committee to go out into the hall and get the new speaker. John Boehner has been a member of the House of Representatives for 20 years, if he cannot find his own way into the chamber we all have a big problem.

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Re: Rep. Jerrold Nadler

Jerrold (Jerry) Lewis Nadler is a socialist linked Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 8th district of New York.

Links to Democratic Socialists of America

Nadler has long been close to Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)-regularly attending the DSA sponsored annual Socialist Scholars Conference in New York.

In 1995 Jerrold Nadler was prominent[3]at the DSA Socialist Scholars Conference April 7-9 New York City. Nadler was involved in Panel 1 “Crisis In The City” with Frances Fox Piven and William Kornblum.

Jerrold Nadler attended the 14th Annual Socialist Scholars Conference: “Two Cheers for Utopia: Reimagining Socialism” April 12-14, 1996 in New York City.

Nadler shared a panel[4]with Frances Fox Piven and Stanley Aronowitz of DSA and Trudy Goldberg entitled “The Left and the Job Agenda in the U.S.”

Nadler was listed as a speakerat the DSA sponsored 1997 Socialist Scholars Conference held March 28- 30 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York[5].

Other speakers included: Mimi Abramovitz, Daniel Singer, Harry Magdoff, Istvan Meszaros, Barbara Epstein, Ruth Sidel, Carlos Vilas, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, L. A. Kauffman, Leo Panitch, Hector Figueroa, David Abdulah, Louise Merriweather, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Alexandr Buzgalin, Leith Mullings, Axel Queval, Pap Ndale, Jean-Pierre Page, and dozens more…

According to DSA’s Democratic Left[6]of April 1 1999;

Recently, Congressional Representative Jerrold Nadler briefed DSA activists from around the country on the state of the Social Security situation. According to Nadler, the Social Security “crisis” isn’t financial, it’s political.

The rival Social Democrats USA (SD-USA) have alleged that Jerrold Nadler is a member[7]of Democratic Socialists of America. SD-USA’s website history of the U.S. socialist movement confirms the known DSA membership of Ron Dellums, Major Owens, David Dinkins and John Sweeney and also names Nadler as a member.

The Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee merges with the New American Movement, a socialist group that emerged from the New Left, to form the Democratic Socialists of America. To date, three members of the Democratic Socialists of America (link) have served in the U.S. Congress: Ronald Dellums, Major Owens, and Jerry Nadler. Democratic Socialists of America member, David Dinkins, is elected mayor of New York city. John Sweeney, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, becomes president of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organization.

Congressional Progressive Caucus

In 1998 Jerrold Nadler Democrat was listed as a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[10]

As of February 20 2009 Jerrold Nadler was listed as a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[11]

Influence

n 2007, with the Democrats in control of Congress, Rep. Nadler was given the honor of serving as the Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. He is also the highest ranking Northeastern member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, an Assistant Democrat Whip, and the New York State Congressional Delegation’s representative on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, “affording him the opportunity to work on a daily basis to craft and shape the policy and major laws that govern our country”.[12]

Judiciary House Sub – commttee

In 2010, Nadler was chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. [13]

Saving ACORN

When the Democratic Socialists of America connected John Conyers, called for an investigation of the Democratic Socialists of America connected ACORN, the effort was brought to an holt, by the Democratic Socialists of America connected Jerry Nadler.

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of subcommittee on the Constitution, made the case that the bill to deny federal funding to ACORN, may not, if signed into law, stand up to court challenges.

The ACORN bill, Nadler claimed, was essentially a “bill of attainder,” a measure targeted to benefit or penalize an individual or group which is prohibited in the Constitution, Article 1, Sections 9 and 10.

In a floor speech tonight, Nadler said:[14]

A little while ago, the House passed an amendment to the bill that we were considering that says no contract or federal funds may ever go to ACORN, a named organization, or to any individual or organization affiliated with ACORN. Unfortunately, this was done in the spirit of the moment and nobody had the opportunity to point out that this is a flat violation of the Constitution, constituting a Bill of Attainder. The Constitution says that Congress shall never pass a Bill of Attainder. Bills of Attainder, no matter what their form, apply either to a named individual or to easily ascertainable members of a group, to inflict punishment. That’s exactly what this amendment does.
“It may be that ACORN is guilty of various infractions, and, if so, it ought to be vetted, or maybe sanctioned, by the appropriate administrative agency or by the judiciary. Congress must not be in the business of punishing individual organizations or people without trial.

Working Families Party

Under New York’s “fusion” system, Jerry Nadler has run on the tickets of both the Democratic Party and New York’s ACORN and Democratic Socialists of America connected Working Families Party.[15]

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