Lefty Boy Wonder & Journolist Founder Ezra Klein: “The Constitution Is Impossible to Understand Because Its Over 100 Years Old” (Video)

Lefty boy wonder and Journolist founder Ezra Klein made the news again today. He thinks the US Constitution is impossible to understand and is outdated.

This makes perfect sense since Ezra Klein was one of the leading voices behind the unconstitutional Obamacare law.
Via The Blast:

By the way, Klein once insisted that if you oppose Obamacare you will help cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. So this wasn’t the craziest thing he’s ever said.

Iowa Hawk answers Klein.

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  • arnonerik

    It’s a good thing the left has all the intelligent people. If I was as smart as they are instead of just an ignorant TEA Party supporter I wouldn’t be able to understand the constitution either.

  • rbosque

    The Constitution is a rather short document and she doesn’t understand it? But I suppose she understands the thousands of pages of Obama-Care and the numerous socialist policies each with thousands of pages long.

    Is she serious or that stupid?

  • Buffalobob

    And the bible has to be beyond his comprehension. Along with any book that has more printed words than pictures. My guess is he really, really like pop ups.

  • Granny

    rbosque, unfortunately today’s “top students” rarely know how to spell and have trouble defining words of more than two syllables. The problem isn’t the age of the Constitution of the United States of America (which, BTW, Ezra, is more than TWO hundred years old – apparently math is not your forte either!) – it is the piss-poor reading skills of “smart” people like Ezra Klein.

  • bear

    I understand that the “Constitution” is a wooden boat somewhere near ted kennedy’s grave, and they gave a tea party on it. What’s this klein guy got to do with it?? Was he there?? Just a minute……I think someone exchanged my meds for washington post subscriber pills.

  • arnonerik

    Where did this bozo go to school. He probably can’t handle Shakespeare and the King James Bible either.

  • MrGoodWench

    Question :

    Das Kapital was written more than 100 yrs ago. How come Ms Ezra has never found that book confusing ?

  • mark

    Klein said every person who reads the Constitution has their own opinion of what it means. Really? The US Constitution was written by the founders of this nation. It serves as the foundational blueprint for how this country works. It’s confusing? Our Supreme Court and lower courts rule according to the Constitution. Our President swears in and swears to defend the Constitution. And nobody understands it? Do you think our founding fathers were so stupid as to write such confusing prose? Or do you perhaps think there is air between your ears? Clearly the US Constitution is very hard to fit into a socialist world-view because it opposes it. Perhaps the confusion is there?

  • pete t

    Any smart individual would trust ezra klien over any bafoon here

  • bg


    The Boiling Frog Syndrome

    August 11, 2001
    by Steven Yates

    [Thus revolutions tend to bring about bloody dictatorships rather than
    improved social systems by forcing abrupt change on entire, complex
    societies (political arrangements, economic relations, etc., at multiple
    levels) and they destabilize everything. Relations that have formed over
    generations are suddenly broken apart. Human beings, like all systems,
    dislike instability intensely. In practice, they will turn to the first person
    who promises to restore stability to the system, and that person is usually
    a dictator who clamps down on the entire society from the center.

    But there are other ways of changing one kind of socioeconomic system to a fundamentally different kind of system that minimize or localize abrupt, destabilizing change. Gramscian “revolutionaries” have learned this lesson well – although they do not speak the vocabulary of systems theory, of course. They have learned to get what they want by pursuing their goals gradually, one step at a time, through infiltrating and modifying existing institutions and other systems rather than overthrowing them and trying to create new ones from scratch. Clearly, a central-government initiative calling for abolishing the U.S. Constitution would have provoked an armed upheaval at any time in U.S. history, and it is at least possible that anything this abrupt still would. U.S. citizens, that is, would jump out immediately if thrown into that pot of boiling water. But if the haters of Constitutional government proceed in small increments, they eventually gut the Constitution almost unnoticed – particularly if they carry out their initiatives in multiple components of U.S. society (so-called public schools, the banking system, the major news media, the legal system, etc.). Moreover, Gramscians have found that the road to centralization is much easier if “paved with good intentions,” expressed in pseudo-moral language and portrayed as a source of stability to come. Myriad small disruptions in the lives of individuals and local communities can be rationalized as the price to be paid for the utopia just over the horizon. “You can’t make an omelet,” so the saying goes, “without breaking a few eggs.” So systems accommodate and incorporate these small steps, absorbing the disruptions as best they can and not allowing them to threaten the system’s overall stability. But when a system absorbs these small steps instead of repelling them, it incorporates them into its basic functioning and its transformation to a different kind of system with entirely different arrangements between its components has begun. Or in terms of the Boiling Frog Syndrome, the frog is in the pot, and the temperature of the water has begun, very slowly, to rise. ]

    i would say we’re more towards the bubbling point than not.. *sigh*


  • Ken

    Ezra,you d#psh*t, did you not pass ENGLISH in school. Maybe you went to one of those liberal schools where English is not required learning ….Like HARVARD or UC Berkley. That is the only reason I caan think you liberal a$$holes can’t understand the United States Constitution. But get ready dipsh*t, we are taking our country back one voting pricint at a time. Then idiots like you will not recieve degrees from universities uless you can actually understand the words you read. I have a copy of the Constitution of the United States of America on the desk in my office. I have read it and I understand it. The problem with our system now is that too many Judeges have caved to the “public” opinion and made rulings by that. The founders were far smarter than any leftist a$$hole practicing law today. Our unfortunatel situation today is that judges these days try to legislate from the bench because those bastards don;t understand ENGLISH. They think just besause they say “it” is so that is the law. Guess what, that’s why our legal system is sooooo backed up. Even those dumbass judges can’t understand English.

  • donh

    Why can’t talk like this be treated as sedition ? When the media starts making the case for officially voiding the constitution, can a government coup siezure of power be that far off ?

  • bg


    Constitution of the United States

    how many pages does the ObamaKennedyDodd Health
    Care Bill consist of?? and how many have been read??


  • pst314

    Klein isn’t stupid, just dishonest. (Insert a string of profanity between “just” and “dishonest”.)

  • Ginger

    If he is not part of the “gay night” at the white house he is working on it.

  • Sally

    I think the constitution to the “progressives” is like:

    pouring water on the Wicked Witch, or
    holding up a cross to the devil or…

    you get the idea.

  • aprilnovember811

    Looking at Obama and the rest of them is like looking at Satan. I swear they’ve all climbed up from the fires of hell. We are going to have to push his lack of eligibility even more now. I think they are becoming even more devious if it’s possible. I think Obama and the old hippie Abercrombie are trying to fabricate a phony birth certificate. I hope any hospital thinks twice before being an accomplice in this.

  • StrangernFiction

    Statists are the enemy. Ezra Klein is a statist. Enough said.

  • Henry Hawkins

    [email protected] Hawk’s post on this (linked above).

    Don’t worry, Ezra. We’ve got folks who can read it for you.

  • myohmy

    Overated, idiot, dumb? He must be not intelligent at all.

  • bg


    donh #12

    what “media”?? we the people, more or less, haven’t had a “media” since
    2000, and we most certainly haven’t had a “media” since Obama was


  • Joe College

    First they’re at war with Arizona. Then they’re at war with Republicans. Now they’re at war with the constitution, which means they’re at war with America itself.

  • Floyd Looney

    I wonder if he think Karl Marx and Darwin are out of the times too??

  • bg


    re: #13

    and who (what #14 said) understands it??


  • BurmaShave

    Iowa Hawk vivisected this Demwit pretty well .

    Ezra Klein makes Sarah Palin look positively erudite.

  • GLM In Ohio

    #9 December 30, 2010 at 6:21 pm
    pete t commented:

    “Any smart individual would trust ezra klien over any bafoon here”

    Well, that pretty much says it all Pete. Thanks for sharing that with us. There are indeed some BUFFOONS here, and you’re a shining example of that. “Smart individuals” can at least spell the word buffoon, and understand that peoples’ names are supposed to be capitalized. Coming from someone who is either too ignorant, or too lazy to capitalize his own name, your comment is irrelevant.

  • donh

    Yes BG. This is a Washington DC goverment spokesman posing as “media” , which makes his position far more frightening. He is saying what people believe inside the Whitehouse. These A holes will go through the charade of obtaining legal constitutional legitimacy for their agenda . If they can get it fine, but when they fail to get it, the constitution becomes an impossible document that must be subverted.

  • Paul Ben

    No wonder Sarah Palin is not understood too, she doesn’t speak the elites’ language.

    The elites are BEYOND the Constitution, “simple people” and “simple minds.”

    They overcame these oldie-goldie “thingies.”

    Now they use BIG words like “MARX,” “SOCIALISM,” “COMMUNISM,” “GLOBALISM,” “GLOBAL WARMING” and … “PROGRESSIVE” of course!!

    They “progressed”..They overcame the Constitution.

  • KR

    The Founding Fathers understood Tyranny. It is ageless and this is what the FFs wanted to rid their country of.

    It is a basic concept if you know some history. Obviously Ezra is clueless.

  • I’d be willing to bet his middle initial is E, yes? As in, EEK.

    Somebody please send him tthe form to get all his money back from the schools he went to – they obviously played a very cruel joke on him all those years.

  • g6loq

    . . . Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by, and, just for an instant, contracted around you, made you aware of its presence, and your role in it. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair. The other great leaders I’ve heard guide us towards a better politics, but Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal, and where we, its honored inhabitants, seem capable of achieving it, and thus of sharing in its meaning and transcendence. . . .
    “Obama’s Gift”, by Ezra Klein. January 3, 2008.

  • Pinkie French

    We have lost an entire generation to brain washing. This is what passes for a journalist these days?

  • g6loq
  • Chisum


    Let me guess. Klein typed that with one hand.

  • g6loq

    … Let me guess. Klein typed that with one hand. …

    One finger I believe. I won’t say which one …

  • Rudedog1

    In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny, “What a Maroon”!

  • bg


    GLM #26

    re: [Coming from someone who is either too ignorant, or too
    lazy to capitalize his own name, your comment is irrelevant.]

    you had me up til then Capital GLM..

    not defending pete t.. but as you can see, i rarely use CAPITALS myself,
    (have my reasons, but that’s niether here nor there) ergo, while you may
    use the upper case properly, you come off as lower case..

    another irrelevant poster.. /s/


  • wanumba

    My kid who just had to memorize the Constituton and list every article and section in an ORALS board (no notes) in order to graduate HIGH SCHOOL, laughed OUT LOUD and said, “Whoa! Can we use that line for getting out of Shakespeare?”

    Next high school student who is studying for same orals board for the Constitution just watched the vid and walked off with this comment: “Just lie about something plausible, jerk.”

  • wanumba

    Why do we have so many man-boys in … never mind. Manly guys go military, construction, heavy machinery, logging, commercial fishing … real work.

  • Oh yes. It’s so complicated. Man up, Klein.

  • Edouard

    Any callow nitwit who can say such blithely and carelessly corrosive things about the Constitution has nothing to say to me.

    The Constitution is indeed “binding”, as it is the genuine source of all that literally unites the United States and its citizens.

    Clearly Ezra Klein takes calm pleasure in spitting on America’s great compact, and would prefer to balkanize America irredeemably and subsequently divide and conquer her for the sake of his beloved anti-historicist progressivism.

    He and his ideological cohorts must be stopped from willfully shredding our nation’s strength, unity, and spirit.

  • the founding fathers wrote the constitution so we would never have a government powerful enough to tyrannize us. that is a thought that liberal america finds impossible to comprehend. to people like klein government is suppose to be a weapon to make everyone else do what they want. that rotten constitution keeps getting in their way.

  • John Fembup

    Yeah, I always thought that “Congress shall make no law” crap in the First Amendment was impossible to understand.

    For Congressmen and journalists, anyway.

  • Rock

    Just another Commie low life trying to minimize our Constitution. Far easier to advance the Socialist dream if they take down the Constitution. Arrogant little rich boy playing at being relevant. If we turn this garbage around people like him will find themselves trying to explain their traitors behavior in court. If they win we will never see a court or jury of our peers. But hey what do I know, I’m nothing more than a bigoted raciest unwilling to give the Commie’s a chance to be benevolent, or is it malevolent, matters not we have seen the grand societies they have erected around the world. 🙁

  • Rock

    Hey FBI what are you guys doing, I mean really, a little Commie snake implies the Constitution you PC do-boys swore to protect is not worth honoring, and you rather harass Tea Party members Joe the Plumber, and citizens who demand the Government protect the boarders. I guess that oath you took had no meaning to you and your we got ours club. What was once a premier Law unit has become nothing more than Political Correct lackeys.

  • toongoon

    We do have a supreme court that normally reads and understands what is written in the constitution even though it was written before Klein was in grade school.

    Obama is, however, appointing illiterates like Klein who find it too difficult to understand.

    I don’t think Klein is capable of Karl Marx either, he is of the elite mindset that if it brings down America it’s gotta be good.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    WHAT #22 SAID.

    “…against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

    How many have taken that oath?

    How many meant it?

    US Armed Forces
    “I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

    Federal Officials
    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

    SO HELP THEM GOD. May He hold them to that.

    See also:

  • Taqiyyotomist

    GAH, nevermind that Moonbat link I posted. Mea culpa.

    The gist remains. Was GW Bush an enemy of the constitution? This is debatable, IMO.

  • GLM In Ohio

    Well bg, you’re entitled to your opinion, but I hardly deserve the insult. I certainly wasn’t talking about you when I said what I said to pete t …..

    When someone pops up here and insinuates that the people here are stupid buffoons, but he can’t spell “buffoon” or use proper capitalization themselves, I felt he deserved the shot.

    Sorry if I “lost” you over the capitalization thing, but I can’t really understand the attitude. I’m on your side …

  • silentcal_rox

    no doubt, an IV leaguer !!!!!

  • Somewhat Reasonable Voice

    He states that depending upon who reads the constitution, they can get any meaning they want from it. So to this rocket scientist, words have no meaning? Or perhaps this is a magic document where words can say anything we want. Same argument is used against the scripture. And just as stupidly.

    He is another sparrow chested, pencil necked twit who thinks he’s special because he lives in the era of the ipod. Hey Rocket boy, here’s a flash for you – People Don’t Change! You are at the end of a long line of scribes and pharisees. All the same as you. Arrogant, Self-important little twits, just like the clown in the White house. Clever but not smart.

    Instead of playing with his I-pods, he should be getting his cranial emerods healed.

  • Jimmy T.

    Some should ask him, “OK, the Constitution is over 100 years old; how much over 100 years?” I would be willing to bet he doesn’t know!

  • Barbara

    Klein ought to sue UCLA for fraud. Indocrination isn’t education! The poor sap is incapable of logic and reason.

  • befuddled

    mr klein, do you know who else finds our constitution confusing–every despot in the world from Mugabe to Kim Jong-il. so i suppose that you’re in good company. the millenniums it took for it to arrive shouldn’t so be easily dismissed by some smarmy Ivy Leaguer all glossy eyed over his majesty the hope and changer.

  • JPeden

    Not to worry, Ezra, the Constitution acticipated people like you who don’t or would never understand it. So you are still covered by it, even though you admit you have no clue as to how – a fact which was already obvious to anyone who knows much about you! But this fact obviously does preclude you from saying anything in regard to changing the Constitution.

    By the way:

    1] Are you able to understand Karl Marx anyway?

    2] From your appearance and your failure to understand the Constitution with its emphasis on the rights of individual thought and initiative, Freedom and Liberty, I think you might be suffering from “Low T”.

  • AuntieMadder

    What a nitwit!

    That it is so easy to read and understand is part of the magnificence of the US Constitution. It’s obvious that it was the intent of the Founding Fathers that the common citizen could read and understand the document that is the Law of the Land.

  • AuntieMadder

    One of Klein’s contemporaries, Rachel Maddow, says The Constitution doesn’t have a Preamble.


    This always cracks me up.

  • bg


    GLM In Ohio #49

    my apologies for coming on so strong, since you have stated
    more pertinent opinions, perhaps i was expecting too much..

    okay okay, sorry..



  • Merely one more “credentialed”- as opposed to educated– fool…


    Scroll down.

  • Badger

    Well Ezra Klein, you better not read anything from Victor Hugo. He might blow your mind. Shakespeare? Hands off! He’s so old it’s lethal!

  • I’ve decide to utilize my marginal bully pulpit in defense of what Ezra Klein was implying. He obviously was not clear enough, perhaps an analogy would do the trick:

    Ezra Klein In The Cross-Hairs Of Right Wing Outrage

  • Stuart

    Ryan, If the Constitution is in any way ambiguous, there is another set of documents that would tend to clarify unambiguously the intent of the law, called the Federalist Papers. You’ve herd of them?
    If any part of the constitution is, at this point in time, unclear we have an amendment process. It is a little more cumbersome than government by executive order, but then again it was designed to be. It tends to keep statists and fools from usurping the rights and liberties of we the people- or at least it did until now.

  • Henry Hawkins

    @Ryan #61……

    I followed your link and read the piece. I think maybe you don’t know the definitions of ‘bully pulpit’ nor ‘defense’, for neither is found at the provided link. From Ryan’s link:

    “Apparently Klein got wind of the right wing outrage, he responded to his detractors in a post this morning:

    The Constitution was written more than 223 years ago, and despite the confidence various people have in their interpretation of the text, smart scholars of good faith continue to disagree about it.” [end quote]

    Well, the first indication here is that Ezra took some extra time to look up the actual age of the Constitution. His original formulation: “written over a hundred years ago” was used to show how old it was, an idea that is far better served by its actual age of 223 years, which Ezra apparently did not know off the top of his head, and had to look it up later. I asked my 16 yr old daughter without explanation, “How old is the Constitution?” She paused for 2 seconds and replied, “I dunno. At least 200 years old.”

    As for “smart scholars of good faith”, they are rarely either. Far more common is “political partisans shilling for a specific agenda or ideology by spinning what the Constitution says into what they’d like it to say, all supported by hefty academic credentials (though ‘hefty academic credentials’ no longer equates with competency or merit, if they ever did or should have).

    Ryan’s link finishes up with:

    “I remain cynical that his attempt to clarify will be framed in any other way than weak by his opponents.”

    Henry: Well, it was weak. What the writer of this remains is blind.

    “When conservatives invoke the Constitution they speak with an air of ownership.”

    Henry: Um, yes. This is because we think of ourselves as Americans and it’s the US Constitution. We also approach it with a fairly strict constructionism, reading it for what it says, no more and no less. This means we understand it better. This is ownership, and ownership is a good thing with which a citizen ought to speak of his country’s founding document. This writer presumably does not feel he understands – cannot ‘own’ – the Constitution. This is because he’s been taught (or indoctrinated – I haven’t sufficient info for that diagnosis) and believes the Constitution to be a ‘living document’, malleable, plastic, to be interpreted only through the lens of modernity and the present moment, all of which is a gloriously Orwellian excuse and justification for nullifying it when and where it conflicts with political agenda.

    “It is does not demean the document to recognize that over time it can lose its contextual meaning. After all, we do have amendments for a reason.”

    Henry: Quite the straw man argument – nobody is arguing anything different. And thanks for the condescending lesson about Constitutional amendments. I have a homework project for whoever wrote this nonsense post Ryan linked to: Please write a 1500 word essay on the differences between Constitutional Amendments and the following:

    a) Judicial Activism
    b) Executive Order
    c) Secret/Hidden Legislation

    If and when you understand why this homework has been assigned, you’ll understand why conservatives feel ownership of a document liberals treat like an orphan, and why mrons like Ezra Klein are ridiculed for repeatedly inane political commentary. If you never come to understand it… you qualify for a job writing for the Washington Post.

  • Marks-ist

    The Constitution is not hard to understand. What is hard is to misunderstand it. That takes a leftist judge, politician, academic or reporter.

  • Mad Hatter

    The Commie Klein is saying what the rest of his Alinsky buddies in the media say behind closed doors.

  • Henry Hawkins

    What Klein is doing is pointing out that various learned people who study the Constitution come away with different ideas about what it means. He makes the error of assuming that only an ambiguous Constitution can account for this disparity in interpretations. Noooooooo…. it’s because all these learned people are trying to make it say or not say whatever they hope it says/doesn’t say vis-a-vis their respective political agenda. If the picture is fuzzy, you adjust the lens, not the subject of the picture.

  • AuntieMadder

    What Henry Hawkins said.

  • Chisum
  • The solution to liberal confusion? A dead constitution. http://hennessysview.com/2011/01/01/ezra-klein-and-the-dead-constitution/

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