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In Their Own Words: A Warning Label on the Constitution

Posted By Brandon Stewart On June 10, 2010 @ 6:00 pm In First Principles | Comments Disabled

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Diane Macedo over at FoxNews.com points out [2] that one publishing company–Wilder Publications–has put warning labels on their editions of the United States Constitution. The warning label  on “Foundations of Freedom: Common Sense, The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, The Federalist Papers, The U.S. Constitution” reads:

“This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.”

The idea that the Constitution is somehow dated and less relevant today is outrageous. The simple, noble principles enshrined in the Constitution have never been more relevant than they are today.

Heritage’s Matthew Spalding makes this exact case in his book, We Still Hold These Truths, writing:

To this day, so many years after the American Revolution, these principles—proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence and promulgated by the United States Constitution—still define us as a nation and inspire us as a people. They are responsible for a prosperous and just nation unlike any in the world. They are the highest achievements of our tradition, serving not only as a powerful beacon to those throughout the world who strive for freedom and seek to vindicate self-government but also a warning to tyrants and despots everywhere. It is because of these principles, not despite them, that America has achieved its greatness.

Macedo notes that many who have encountered this bizarre warning have already begun to voice their displeasure:

Amazon.com’s customer reviews [3] of Wilder’s copy of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation show an overwhelming number of people speaking out against the disclaimer, describing it as “insulting,” “sickening” and “frankly, horrifying.”

Another review [4] for Wilder’s edition of the Federalist Papers calls for an all-out boycott of the publisher, sarcastically pointing out the “dangerous ideas” it’s trying to protect children from: “limited government, checks and balances, constrained judicial review, dual sovereignty of states and federal government, and deliberative democracy.”

If you are interested in being exposed to the “dangerous ideas” in our Constitution, you can request your own pocket copy [5] (sans warning label) from Heritage.


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[2] points out: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/06/09/publishing-company-putting-warning-label-constitution/

[3] customer reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Constitution-Amendments-Declaration-Independence-Confederation/product-reviews/1448687918

[4] review: http://www.amazon.com/Federalist-Papers-Alexander-Hamilton/dp/1604592672/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276109377&

[5] your own pocket copy: http://www.askheritage.org/Premium.aspx

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