Stewart Mills makes hay out of Rick Nolan's deleted tweet about the Constitution

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Mills (left) and Nolan
But Stewart, all human creations are imperfect, aren't they?
Republican U.S. House hopeful Stewart Mills put incumbent Democrat Rick Nolan on blast yesterday for a tweet posted but then promptly deleted from Nolan's account in which the U.S. Constitution is described as an "imperfect document."

"Rick Nolan needs to explain what exactly he meant when he called the Constitution an imperfect document on Friday," Mills said in a release. "As a Member of Congress, he took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, but now he's showing his true colors. For hundreds of years, countless Americans have fought and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our way of life."

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"They stood up to defend not only their country, but their Constitution and all it stands for," Mills continued. "The Eighth Congressional District needs someone who will respect the principles our country was founded on, not someone who thinks that foundation is imperfect."

A Mills spokesperson tells us the campaign first was alerted to the deleted tweet after it was posted on Politwoops. Mills drew attention to it on Twitter before issuing the aforementioned release: Nolan's ill-fated tweet came in response to this post from Republican Arizona U.S. Rep. Trent Franks: We contacted a Nolan source for comment. They declined to comment on the record, but characterized the controversy as a non-story and pointed out that the tweet may have been deleted simply because it contained a typo.

The source also said it appears the tweet may have been published by a user not authorized to post from Nolan's official account, but they didn't confirm that.

Setting all that aside, the source argued that even the Founding Fathers wouldn't take issue with the claim that the U.S. Constitution is an imperfect document, as delegates to the Constitutional Convention openly disagreed about a wide range of issues.

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Paul Gerst
Paul Gerst

It IS an imperfect document, no matter which perspective you take, oh, aside from the T-Bag Party, know-it-alls who listen to Fox News and all of a sudden have Doctorates in Politics...jag-offs. Where was I? Yes, imperfect humans drawing up a perfect document? Hardly. And time is dynamic and thus, rules and documents need to be changed.

Billy Zimpel
Billy Zimpel

The founding fathers acknowledged the constitution was imperfect, hence the ability to amend it. Why would Nolan even delete his tweet? Politicians don't seem to have a grasp on what their job is. It seems every level of Govt. from local to Federal is filled with self serving douchebags, who have no clue why they are in office.

liberal
liberal

Mills should make his case as to why he believes it *is* perfect. Then he should explain all of the amendments to a 'perfect' document. Finally, explain which version of it *is* perfect in his mind. 


Assuming he has one....

Mr. Nolan, you need to quit cowering to the right wing radicals. You got my vote once. Explain to me why you should get it again. You appear to be too busy playing games with loons like this, cowering far too often. Be what you really are. 

Jim Freundschuh
Jim Freundschuh

This is indicative as to how far the discourse in this country has devolved. Politicians can't even say aloud what every educated person knows; the Constitution is not perfect. And all because they dare not raise the ire of the ever growing population of the ignorant lest they get voted out or not elected at all because they aren't far enough to the right. So here we go, adding stones to speed our wagon in our race to the bottom.

April Lynnette Streich
April Lynnette Streich

Gasp, someone said something about 'Murica that didn't include orgasming about war and sucking the dicks of the founding fathers? Off with his heretic head!!!

Mike Hess
Mike Hess

Mills sounds kind of desperate.

green23
green23

If the Constitution was perfect, we wouldn't have a Supreme Court.

If the Constitution was perfect, why was it amended so many times, and why do Republicans want to add more Amendments?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

These are the sort of jackass gimmicks the GOP runs on these days.   I hope Stewart Mills gets punched in the balls in his next campaign ad.    

Andrew Hodny
Andrew Hodny

Patrick, of course you're right, but it's worth remembering that the side that wanted to count the slaves as 2/3 of a person were the slave owning states. They wanted their slaves to be counted so they could get more members of congress. The relatively more progressive northern states were in favor of slaves not counting for anything so that their states would get a greater proportion of members of congress based on their assessment of the "population."

Kevin J. O'Brien
Kevin J. O'Brien

Like the Bible it only works when you rewrite it after it talks about condemning women for being the weaker sex.

Tammy Belka
Tammy Belka

I wish the bible could be amended...

Rick Meyer
Rick Meyer

Cripes, man... it's not THE BIBLE. It's a working document that allows amendment.

Marcus Nielson
Marcus Nielson

Republicans are going negetive (in petty ways) while Democratics are going positive. Wonder is more popular

Marcus Nielson
Marcus Nielson

The beauty of constitution is that it can be changed - maybe not "perfect" or "imperfect" in the absolute sense, but it works and what doesn't work we change (i hope)

William Davis
William Davis

I thought the bible was the constitution.. I'm so confused!

Andy Pavlik
Andy Pavlik

Of course it's not perfect! That's why it's been amended so many times you dolt!

Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner

Perfect rebuttal to the 'afraid of scissors' ass-hat's statement.

Patrick Solomon
Patrick Solomon

The document that values slaves as three fifths of a person for apportionment purposes? Yeah, it may contain a flaw or two.

Edward Shaw
Edward Shaw

You know it's perfect because it was written in the Holy Language: 'Murican!

Kevin Lane
Kevin Lane

They very point of the "living constitution" is that it's imperfect yet flexible. I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors...[it] will be said it is easier to find faults than to amend [the Constituion]. I do not think...amendment so difficult as is pretended.

David Gustafson
David Gustafson

Wouldn't elevating the Constitution to perfection be something in the way of worshiping a graven image? Not supposed to do that, Stewie.

John Lombardi
John Lombardi

Um...the constitution is an imperfect document, that's why we have amendments and a process to make it better when needed. Or worse (Prohibition) and a way to correct those mistakes (Repeal) I don't see an issue.

Kurt Hendricks
Kurt Hendricks

If it's so perfect, why all the Amendments, Stewie?

Stephen Noel
Stephen Noel

Hiliary Clinton said the exact same thing a decade ago.

norgeviking2003
norgeviking2003

@liberal You don't think a Amendment to abolish slavery or the right for women to vote was needed.  You are a tool

liberal
liberal

@norgeviking2003 @liberal What the hell are you talking about? I do believe they were needed. There have been many amendments to the constitution, thus proving the original document wasn't "perfect". 

And since when is anything in life "perfect" anyway?

Rick Nolan should stick to his guns and quit acting like a goddamned coward. He was right. End of conversation.

I don't know what *you're* talking about here, and I strongly suspect you don't either. Calling *me* a 'tool' was little more than projection on your part - clearly.

But hey, have a nice day and for the love of God, take your meds.

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