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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Christine O'Donnell Outshines Coons, Makes It Look Easy.

In a radio broadcast debate October 18th, Christine O'Donnell schooled Democrat contender Chris Coons, repeatedly showing broader command of the issues and greater poise under pressure. In addition, the debate added the bonus of underscoring Coons' deficient understanding of the nature and text of the Constitution which governs our nation. Words mean things, and as Coons found out, fudging around the edges and beating around the bush didn't cut it with Ms. O'Donnell. She initially had to take him to task on the Constitution's First Amendment.

As Coons attempted to defend why he thought no explanations should be discussed in schools other than Darwin's Theory of Evolution, Ms. O'Donnell caught him claiming the Constitution stated a wall of separation existed between the church and the state. As Ms. O'Donnell was aware, the notion of a ”wall of separation between church and state” is not found in the Constitution or any of its amendments. It is found in Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Association written January 1st, 1802.  In this letter, Jefferson assures the Danbury Baptist Association that the government will not interfere with the religion of the Baptists, nor will an officer of government preside over a national religion, as the king of England did over the Church of England.  It is an explanation that the Constitution protects the Danbury Baptists from governmental interference.

Coons attempted to misconstrue the impetus behind O'Donnell's question, to the laughter and great pleasure of the assembled dolt law school students in the audience. Following the next question, Coons attempted to embarrass Ms. O'Donnell, erroneously thinking he had caught Ms. O’Donnell in a simplistic error.

“I think you’ve just heard from my opponent in her asking ‘where is the separation of church and state’ show that she has a fundamental misunderstanding.”

“That’s in the First Amendment?” O’Donnell probed.

“Yes” Coons responded.

The First Amendment reads in part:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Coons misunderstood the text of the First Amendment and the significance of Ms. O'Donnell's question. He also apparently was unaware of the degree of knowledge Ms. O'Donnell possessed on the subject. O'Donnell is well versed in the First Amendment protections, as became embarrassingly obvious when O'Donnell asked Mr. Coons if he could identify the five freedoms protected in the First Amendment.

Big on taxation, short on Constitutional restraint.
In answer Coons, who has studied the law and practiced as a lawyer, named the establishment clause, but blanked on all the others. The First Amendment prohibits the Congress from making a law toward the establishment of religion, and protects the free exercise of religion.  It also protects the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, and the freedom of the people to peaceably assemble and petition their government. After that take down Mr. Coons demanded that O’Donnell quit asking further questions of him. Indeed, as they went to the heart of the matter and underscored his hypocrisy in criticising Ms. O'Donnell. We must stop that at once.

Throughout, Coons was boorish and overbearing. His smug aside comments to the moderators, dismissive attitude toward Ms. O'Donnell and incessant interruptions of his young opponent were embarrassing to watch. For her part, Christine O'Donnell was warm and engaging, and consistently displayed a greater awareness of the topics at hand and their relevance to the people of Delaware.

Delawareans have a clear choice.

8 comments:

  1. The question for Delaware is will they have the good sense to realize that more Democrats in the Senate will bolster the ongoing decline of the nation, as they tax and spend us into an unrecoverable position. O'Donnell is right on the money - Coons is big on raising taxes, he is big on government spending. We can't afford him or his ideas. If the people of Delaware can look past the distraction that Coons and his team have brought to the race, then O'Donnell will have a very good chance of winning.

    Let's hope so.

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  2. Fantastic article!
    I live in Delaware and waited a long time for an opportunity to vote for a true conservative. She will be a powerful voice and vote in the Senate for fiscal restraint and family values! A warm and friendly person brimming with enthusiasm and confidence.
    The people in New Castle County have NO reason to vote for Chris Coons. He was roundly criticized in the News Journal and the community for promising NOT to raise taxes in his 2004 campaign and then promptly increasing them 3 times in 5 years. At this point in the campaign Coons is claiming to be a "Clean Shaven Capitalist" who is in favor of the Bush tax cuts to be continued in toto, PLEASE.
    I CAN'T WAIT TO VOTE!

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  3. Hooray, BRJ!!! Now tell two friends and have them tell two friends and so on..and so on...and so on...

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  4. Sounds like very good news! I'm glad she did well on the debate.

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  5. "The First Amendment prohibits the Congress from making a law toward the establishment of religion ..."

    In fact, the First Amendment prohibits the Congress from making a law either for or against any establishment of religion.

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  6. Yes, well that will all be lost upon the likes of Chris Coons. If he doesn't understand the Constitution's design to restrict the powers of the Federal government, okay he's just one more wise ass. But to be talking down to someone who clearly understands it better than he, to allow his campaign to toss mud at COD while he stands there mum, acting like its out of his hands and he is all above the fray... it's really too much.

    How do they warm to these guys? It's just beyond me.

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  7. More awesomeness from Christine O'Donnell.

    Like Palin, her academic credentials are not amazing, but she has a far better command of history, foreign relations, law, and public policy than do her more-schooled peers. I'm an academic elitist, but not enough of one to not recognise excellence when I see it (regardless of the form it takes), and Christine O'Donnell has it.

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  8. Yes, she does.

    And I've got to hand it to her for remaining positive and upbeat when that twit started in with the snide remarks. That dolt Coons was not only wrong on the facts, he didn't even understand the question. No help from the legal begals in the audience as well.

    Did you catch the radio debate at all? My god that guy Coons is a tiresome weiner.

    Does his education have it over on COD? I agree with you... no way. If anything it appears to have made him all the more smug and arrogant, and correct me if I'm wrong, but smugness and arrogance are not resume enhancers. Two points - Ivy league education provides one the opportunity to be well educated. It does not provide one with wisdom, judgment or a commitment to the principles upon which this nation was founded. And secondly, it's handy to be smart, but Ivy league smarts aren't everything.

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