Sheila Jackson Lee: We’ve Lived Under the Constitution for “Some 400 Years”

This is somewhere along the lines of Cory Booker’s claiming that he drove to Hawaii or Obama lamenting that he’s had to travel to 57 states. Or Hank Johnson worrying that Guam was going to tip over if it had to many troops stationed there (he later claimed to have been joking).

Sheila Jackson Lee seems to think that we’ve lived under the U.S. Constitution for 400 years. We have lived under it for a long time, but not that long. Here’s what she said on the House floor:

“Maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman and others, for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years, operating under a constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not.”

For our liberal readers, the Constitution was adopted in September of 1787, which was almost 227 years ago. She could’ve rounded it up or down, saying “nearly 230 years” or “over 225 years,” and that would’ve been fine. No one would have thought anything about it, and there wouldn’t have been any reason to make the news.

Admittedly, this is only in conservative news. It’s not going to make it to any major media outlets, because Sheila Jackson Lee is a female Democrat. And she’s black. Everyone knows that if it were a white conservative male saying something like this, some MSNBC morning show “expert” panel would be talking about how uninformed these white conservative males are, and The View would be laughing about how stupid the politician was who said it.

But since it’s a black Democrat woman, no one cares. We’re supposed to give her the benefit of the doubt. We all know what she meant.