Wannabee Senator Not So Sure About that First Amendment Thing


Christine O’Donnell, Tea Party candidate for the Senate seat in Delaware, doesn’t know that the separation of church and state is written into the Constitution.   A lot of people might not know that the separation of Church and State is part of the first amendment, thinking it’s more about speech than God. But a lot of people aren’t running for the US Senate.  Christine O’Donnell is.

Forgive me if my values aren’t O’Donnell’s but I suspect families these days who are invested in education value both homework and basic reading skills, things O’Donnell seems not to value.  If she were, she’d know that as one of 101, 100 Senators, she’ll be required to vote on laws that must be, you know, Constitutional and the First Amendment is, technically, part of the Constitution.

Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that our politics are what they are, given that Snooki has her own Wikipedia entry and we know who she is without even clicking on the link.

A few years ago, I read an excerpt of Po Bronson’s book Nurture Shock in New York magazine. In it, Bronson introduced the now constantly discussed notion that as parents we should coach our kids, not overpraising children to instill in them a sense of process.  By coaching, our kids would learn to keep trying, even when something is hard, and to gain a sense of mastery over material that’s challenging.  This is what we try to teach our kids. Christine O’Donnell has been trying to stay in the public eye since she was a teenager and she’s been a candidate many times over the years.  She certainly learned the lesson of stick-to-it-iveness, but she has mastered no material.

In the way that geography wasn’t important to Tea Party fairy godmother Sarah Palin, a woman who could see Russia from her backyard, the details of government don’t seem to be important to O’Donnell.  A Senator, a President, these people should be role models at least when it comes to doing your homework. Can Christine O’Donnell, who wants to be famous and a Senator but can’t be bothered to read the first amendment, really be a role model, never mind a senator?