US Constitution Hits Best-Sellers List

From the Associated Press:

A pocket version of the U.S. Constitution has become a best-seller on Amazon.com. The 52-page pamphlet printed by the National Center for Constitutional Studies sells for $1 and was in the Top 10 best-selling books on Amazon on Saturday afternoon. The site produces an hourly list of its best sellers. The Constitution emerged as a best-seller days after Muslim-American lawyer Khizr Khan, whose son was killed while serving in Iraq, flashed a pocket Constitution and offered to lend it to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a speech at the Democratic National Convention. The version Khan used at the convention did not appear to be the same as the one that became popular on Amazon.

  • Michael Rush

    If you hate Trump ….Whip it out !

    • karen in kalifornia

      OMG. I think this is the pocket version used by the Bundy gang at the Oregon Wildlife occupation. The National Center for Constitutional Studies was created by supporters of the Mormon Church and spearheaded by one W. Cleon Skousen who is an anti gov type person. OMG read the wikipedia on these guys. This is not a good thing. Some supporters of W. Cleon Skousen include the John Birch Society, the Eagle Forum, and the Oath Keepers!!!!!!

      Again this is not a good thing.

      As I recall from the Oregon standoff, this pocket version of the Constitution has editorial comments in the margins supporting the “lands rights” movement very

      popular in the Western States (Bundy). Notice the pocket version is published and sold out of Malta, Idaho.

      So now this anti-government group has made millions and will indoctrinate millions incorrectly about the actual interpretation of the Constitution.

  • Todd20036

    Think any of the Trumpanzees who buy this will actually read it?

    • Dazzer

      or can actually read it.

    • geoffalnutt

      Can they actually read at all? I thought not. That “home-skoolin” tends to leapfrog from subject to subject.

    • mrfy

      If they did they’d misinterpret it as usual.

      • Steverino

        They would emulate what Thomas Jefferson did to create the “Jefferson Bible” (although in a bad way) by clipping out parts they don’t like, such as the 14th Amendment, but keep the 2nd Amendment front and center, as if the entire Constitution depends upon it.

  • Rolf

    …and they’re all being mailed to the Dump & Petard campaign headquarters.

  • Michael Smith

    I should dig out my copy, highlight the relevant sections, and mail it to Trump.

    • Acronym Jim

      And he’d tweet out:

      “Michael Smith sent me cherrie-picked copy of the Consitution. Didn’t even include Artilces Seventh through Twelfth.

      Sad!”

  • Elsewhere1010

    This not only makes me very happy, but (blush) puts me in the forefront of book trends. I currently have five copies, all in this booklet form. Got my first as a gift for making a donation, then found it on Amazon and ordered a few more so I could give them away as needed.

    The Constitution of the United States of America. Don’t leave home without it.

    • karen in kalifornai

      Don’t do it. The National Center for Constitutional Studies pocket version has annotations in the margins as part of the publication. The center was founded by a right wing religious guy with a backing of groups like the John Birch Society and the Eagle form. Look it up on wikipedia. This is the pocket version shown off by all the unlawful occupiers of the Oregon Wildlife refuge at the beginning of the year. The annotations claim the federal government can’t own land. That’s jus t the stater. Burn them.

      • Elsewhere1010

        Didn’t know about his, but I assure you my copies are all complete and unexpurgated.

      • Elsewhere1010

        I assure you the only marginalia in my paperback copies is my own. I have five editions, no notes of any kind in any of them. The cover of the National Center for Constitutional Studies look like this

        If you read the comments at Amazon there appear to be two different editions for sale with the same cover, one with annotations by W. Cleon Scousen (of Sovereign Citizen persuasion and also an original member of the John Birch Society) and some with Presidential “quotes”. Neither copy would be worth having.

        I just got off the phone with Amazon support and the matter of the pamphlet’s listing info is going to be examined and edited; and certainly the Constitution itself gives you the right to buy garbage — but it has to advertised as garbage so people can make a decision. BTW, it’s currently sold out, which at least means that no copies of this edition will be going out, at least for now.

  • bryan

    Ghazala Khan has also written an article for the Washington Post: Trump criticized my silence. He knows nothing about true sacrifice.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ghazala-khan-donald-trump-criticized-my-silence-he-knows-nothing-about-true-sacrifice/2016/07/31/c46e52ec-571c-11e6-831d-0324760ca856_story.html

    • Wynter Marie Starr

      I highly rec the article. Any parent or human could feel this woman’s pain. She has a great deal of strength and she is an admirable person as is her husband.

  • Paige Turner

    I get the real feeling that this is hurting Trump. His interview with Stephanopolous was a disaster and this isn’t going away.

    He has pissed all over a war veterans Parents and continues to play dumb and gaslight. Perhaps we have finally found his kryptonite?

    • another_steve

      Unbelievable how badly he’s handling it. It would have been the simplest thing to get rid of — just acknowledge the great sacrifice of the Khan family and move on. The media would have lost interest in the story in 24 hours. Instead, he’s stoking the flames.

      Unbelievable.

      • Mike__in_Houston

        That’s a thing these days: never admit you’re wrong; just double down. I saw a piece on CNN about it the other morning, inspired by Bill O’Reilly’s doubling down in the face of criticism of his idiotic statement about slaves and the White House.

        • moebym

          Admitting to being wrong is an act of weakness to them.

          • 2patricius2

            And the real act of weakness is the inability to admit mistakes. The inability to admit being wrong, and to learn and to move on, is the sign of an insecure person.

          • B Snow

            Learning and moving on is a kind of evolution, and they don’t believe in evolution.

            And yes, “insecure” is possibly the kindest thing to call them.

          • Hue-Man

            “I was wrong once. I thought I was wrong but I was right.”

          • Jerry

            I think that’s “I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken.”

          • Lynettechunt1

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        • David L. Caster

          It’s the theory of the Big Lie, or the more modern equivalent: Cognitive Ease

          • another_steve

            Not surprising at all, David. In nature, the direction of things is towards least resistance. Least struggle.

            Philosophical Daoists observe the way that water flows. How water always finds the path of least resistance. How it deals with obstacles and barriers placed in its way. Always, effortlessly and with the least possible struggle.

            Daoists have a saying: “As above, so below.”

            As it is with water seeking the path of least resistance, so it is with the human mind.

            The seeking of least resistance. The seeking of least struggle.

          • David L. Caster

            In other words, basic thermodynamics.

          • another_steve

            Basic thermodynamics. I think so, David.

            So Trump’s appeal is what it is, I think, because he offers simple answers and convinces people that he’s always right. The path of least resistance for the observer and the eternal appeal of the dictator.

            Surrendering the need to be right (ego) and mastering the art of discernment are goals of Buddhist and Daoist practitioners. It requires mental discipline, so it’s hard. It runs counter to the natural flow toward cognitive ease.

            A diverting of the natural flow of consciousness, which — like the diverting of the flow of water — can be a challenge.

          • ColdCountry

            And why Trump keeps repeating himself.

          • David L. Caster

            Exactly, by using the same words and phrases, including his “code names” and dog whistles for his “enemies” and the other boogiemen he uses to agitate his followers.

      • Paige Turner

        He just cant help himself and will never back down. He must win at all costs even if its the grieving parents of a war veteran. He has no empathy at all and this is showing more and more.

        • Villager

          lack of empathy is typical of a sociopath.

      • BobSF_94117

        I’m sticking to my ever less likely belief that he doesn’t actually intend to make it to the election.

        • another_steve

          If he cops out, if he cuts and runs, his name will lose value. Big time.

          Would you stay in one of the “Governor Sarah Palin Luxury Resorts,” for instance?

      • Jason

        He’s so easy to bait into making a fool of himsself. Elizabeth Warren is the best at it, which is why I’m surprised she’s not on the ticket.

      • Villager

        He’s a total idiot who created this mess by criticizing the wife/mother, speculating about why did not speak.

      • PiperPine

        I think its totally believable. Trump is under the impression that the more news media attention he gets the better for his campaign, free airtime, and he hasn’t met a controversy yet that really hurt his campaign.

      • saucetin

        Ghengis

      • wmforr

        He just couldn’t help him self. He had to get that dig in “she’s not allowed to speak.” Actually it’s the Christian St. Paul who says women shouldn’t speak.

        • another_steve

          “Actually it’s the Christian St. Paul who says women shouldn’t speak.”

          Great point, wmforr.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I don’t think it’s going to be one thing; if it was going to go down like that, it would have happened already. I think it’s going to be cumulative; three more months of Trump behavior and revelations will whittle away at support from Independents (hopefully). It also gives truly patriotic Republicans a chance to endorse Hillary (that’s juuust beginning to happen). The “avalanche” will occur when his poll numbers go low enough so that it’s clear he has no chance of winning. Then, watch the cockroaches scurry away because they don’t want to be seen with a loser.

      If the numbers stay close into the fall, then it’ll be a dog fight to the end.

      • Bruno

        There has been back and forth in the poll numbers so far depending on which candidate had the worse week. I’m trying to imagine what else can come at the DNC & Clinton after now. I’m sure there will be attempts, the question is do those attempts have legs? Assange is one angle, but I think his cause is moribund. The original email scandal has been played out, despite what anyone thinks. Benghazi doesn’t even make that many headlines anymore. And I don’t see tRump HELPING himself in any way. Perhaps an October surprise involving terrorism, but I still wonder if that doesn’t advantage Clinton more amongst centrists. An economic collapse of some sort, but that doesn’t seem nigh. The race is hers to lose, and she should be able to go on offense until the end.

        • Gerry Fisher

          I agree with people who’ve said that a terrorist attack between now and the election can keep this close or tip it toward Trump. If the Clinton people are smart (I think they are), they’ll have a “I can deal with this latest terrorist attack far better than Trump” strategy in the planning stages right now.

          • Bruno

            That’s what I thought, but looking at how he screwed up his response to Orlando, I’m not so sure.

          • Gerry Fisher

            On the one hand, I hear you. On the other hand, I’m pulling my hair out over him getting this close. Ya know?

          • Bruno

            Of course. I’m literally losing sleep over it. Well, to be realistic, terrorist attacks occur all over the world, and this smaller lone-wolf variety seems to be on the rise in the US while the small group variety seems to be on the rise in Europe. Though I really hope not, there will likely be attacks between now and November. It’s just a matter of the scope and nature, and where they occur, but they will have an effect on this election. The Dems did a good job at the convention of portraying strength and faith in the US and its military, so hopefully they can move forward with that and keep people in their corner.

          • nowhereman

            They’ve probably got ads in the can and ready to go.

        • nowhereman

          I know that the last person I’d want in charge during a crisis is Trump.

      • another_steve

        I’m seeing some of this, but not enough: Get other Republicans — particularly those running in November — to go on record as either supporting or repudiating Trump. Do it again and again and again.

        Mainstream media may be hesitant to take the lead on that for fear of coming across as partisan, but Democrats and the progressive media have to do it 24/7 from now to election day.

        • Gerry Fisher

          Agreed. I think a significant number of recognizable Republican leaders endorsing Clinton (not doing the mealy-mouth thing that Romney and Ryan are doing where they slap Trump’s wrist or imply “not voting at all”) will go a long way toward turning the tide for Hillary.

          Again, I think the Clinton people are smart, and they’re probably working this angle behind the scenes. Getting the first 5 to 10 will be hard, because everyone’s afraid of being branded a traitor. Past a certain number, it could become an avalanche (“well, if s/he endorsed Hillary, I guess it’s safe for me to do so”).

          Right now, the cowards are planning on appearing supportive in public but voting for her in private. They need to endorse her publicly in order to help the cause significantly.

          • John T

            I don’t think endorsements matter that much. Trump’s appeal to his supporters is that he is considered to be anti-establishment. His supporters want him to burn everything to the ground, so of course they don’t care if he is “competent” or whatever. Any time a “respectable” Republican accuses Trump of being dangerous, Trump’s die-hard supporters just get die-harder.

          • David L. Caster

            Any time a “respectable” Republican accuses Trump of being dangerous, Trump’s die-hard supporters just get more brain-dead.

        • bambinoitaliano

          If they keep quiet it means they are standing behind Trump policies whatever that maybe.

      • greenmanTN

        It is going to cumulative, things like claiming the NFL wrote to him to complain about the debate schedule. NFL: “No we didn’t!” Produce the letter, Donnie!

        He’s a compulsive liar and sociopath and this is the first time in his life that he’s been under this kind of scrutiny, where he can’t say one thing to someone then another thing to somebody else, that he can’t maintain the facade anymore. Lies tend to fall apart when the lied to get together and compare notes…

        • GayOldLady

          Especially when they’re comparing notes on live TV and in TV & Radio interviews.

        • nowhereman

          Hear hear! He really should just delete his twitter account AND his campaign and slink away to a dark moist cave to lick his wounds.

      • Gerry Fisher

        I think the other thing that’s important is that Hillary pummel–and I mean PUMMEL–him. Even when he’s down, pound him into the dirt. We’ve seen that out debating him doesn’t work, facts don’t work, him shooting himself in the foot and lying doesn’t seen to have an effect. If a terrorist attack happens and if people are looking for a “strong leader,” it should be the woman who pounded the lying Cheeto into the ground and then spit on him. (The tricky part is doing this while still appearing presidential, without stooping to name calling or otherwise being dragged down to his playground-insult level.)

        • Jeffrey

          I agree. She did a great speech of hope and the entire country needed and wanted that after the RNC. Now its time to go for his fucking throat and kick the shit out of him. But yes, while still remaining human and relatable, because apparently that matters to somebody out there.

          • canoebum

            I’m more in the “stake in the heart” mood right about now.

          • Gerry Fisher

            Hillary can do both. Why take chances? 😉

        • Bruno

          All this. But maybe even more importantly, that strong leader needs to reiterate her foreign policy experience. She did a great job of this in her speech, even if many on the left probably cringed at that part.

          • Gerry Fisher

            Yep. Legitimate, professional, smart, experienced strength. Not schoolyard bully pseudo-strength.

    • Blake Jordan

      Let us hope it wakes up some of those people who are not going to vote, or vote third party because they incorrectly believe Clinton is comparably “evil” to Drumpf…

    • Mike__in_Houston

      One can hope it will be tRump’s equivalent to rMoney’s infamous “47 percent” statement.

      • Paige Turner

        Lets hope so.

      • Todd20036

        It may well be, but not with his base.

    • Bill

      Donald Trump is Donald Trump’s kryptonite.

    • delk
    • Gene

      I wish such were the case.
      I just spoke to a relative..a beloved one…a simple, but, I thought, decent woman. she is scared. her son the coal miner is unemployed. she has little money. her son in laws evangelical faith has infected her, and she is now scared shitless of Muslims. she is…..defending (gag choke puke) trump (his name should never be capitalized) and his comments “’cause we dont know these foreign people”….all attempts at reason..went unheard. when I pointed out this is the gold star mother and father speaking, and both are US citizens..and that their son gave his all, her response was “then they must not be real Muslims, or real Americans, ’cause they dont like trump”///

      speechless

      she thinks he will magically reopen the mines…re open the mills…bring back things as they used to be. I will grant him this. he has spoken to her. no one else on either side (she would not have spit on Sanders if he was on fire..a “damn socialist”) has “spoken” to her in….decades.

      God and three Archangels could not get her to vote against Trump. and any attacks, even proven ones with verification, are just proof to her that he is being attacked for being a “real American”

      when it was over, I wept.
      I just lost..an aunt. I can honestly say that I cannot love someone I dont respect..and, I felt myself, not loving her anymore. How sad..how awful this day has been indeed. and I lay it all on the fascist baboons head.
      he is a monster, and he MUST not win.

      If you are a Bernie or Buster, well..get the fuck over yourself, and work to save the US from this…freak.

      • thatotherjean

        I’m so sorry. It must be awful to lose someone you love, not to
        death, but to propaganda messages that they cannot be convinced are lies, because they are things they want so much to believe.

        • Steve Teeter

          Penn Jillette said that no one believes lies as deeply as they do the lies they tell themselves. Since he’s in the business of getting audiences to tell themselves lies about what their eyes are showing them, he should know.

      • JCF

        {{{Gene}}}

      • NancyP

        I am sorry. I just don’t understand these people though – it is hard to speak to the concerns of someone who always looks backward. Half the mines are worked out, and the other half have only a few years left. The smart Appalachian who wants to stay put should be asking – what industries can be brought in? What re-training can be provided?

        • B Snow

          Exactly what Hillary said months ago, but the only part of that speech anyone remembered was “we’ll close the mines”, not the part about “and train people for new jobs”.

    • Grimes

      The hypocrisy is so obvious

    • Rambie

      That’s the beauty, just poke Trump enough and he’ll foam at the mouth.

  • SoCalGal20

    Mr. and Mrs. Khan are treasures. I’m so glad people are listening to them.

    Btw, the ACLU is offering FREE copies of the Constitution for anybody who requests one. Use the coupon code POCKETRIGHTS for free shipping.

    https://twitter.com/aclu/status/759127342350557184

    • TuuxKabin

      I’m calling the Women’s League of Voters during business hours to ask if they offer free copies as well. Thank you for setting the lead.

    • DaddyRay

      The Clinton Campaign should offer the same

    • kevway

      I just went to the gov website and read it

    • kevway
      • SoCalGal20

        Wow that’s a blast from the past! Everybody should be made to watch all those Schoolhouse Rock segments. I remember those from when I was a kid.

    • JCF

      Since there son was killed, every year the Khan’s hold a graduation party for graduates of UVa’s ROTC program, where—in addition of giving them all the experience of visiting w/ a Muslim family—they give them all copies of the Constitution. It was one of these that Mr Khan pulled from his pocket.

      Truly, wonderful Americans.

      • SoCalGal20

        Oh, thank you for sharing that.

  • JustSayin’

    I think we should start a mailer that people buy a copy to send to trump amd also donate a buck to the dnc …

  • Texndoc

    The Gold-Star parental couple have unnerved the Trump campaign like the Judge Curiel episode. David Brooks said it best this morning about Trump: “a moral pygmy”.

  • danolgb

    Crap! The version people are buying tho looks to be the “annotated” version with the notations of Cleon Skousen. This is not a good thing. This is the version the Bundy occupiers cling to. The National Center for Constitutional Studies is a right-wing “original intent” group based in Idaho.

    • TuuxKabin

      Start spreading the word that the ACLU is giving them out gratis, as SoCaGal posts further along. I doubt they’d be the ‘annotated’ version. Or we’re really doomed.

    • Dramphooey

      Don’t worry; they won’t read it. It’s probably being bought by people who are thinking they want to whip out a Constitution.

    • SoCalGal20

      Goddammit, Amazon. This is why we can’t have nice things

  • Christopher Smith

    So the ‘annotated’ Constitution is having its fifteen minutes now?

    • danolgb

      It already got it’s fifteen in Malheur. Progressives, this is not the copy you are looking for.

    • Acronym Jim
      • Christopher Smith

        Please continue reposting those two links, AJ. I think many people are not aware of this….

    • SoCalGal20

      I made a separate post with the link and coupon code but the ACLU is offering a copy of the Constitution for free.

    • olandp

      Wow, troll can’t tell the difference between a phone and a small pamphlet. Why am I not surprised?

      • Christopher Smith

        Wow, little asswipe doesn’t notice that the pamphlet looks exactly like a phone in the photo, as it did during the speech, and couldn’t resist an opportunity to be ugly. Why am I not surprised?

        • olandp

          by “little ass wipe” I presume you mean me, but with your vision who knows.

          • Christopher Smith

            By ‘shitgibbon’ I also mean you, but with your ugliness perhaps you consider that a compliment.

          • olandp

            I am appropriately chastised for being “ugly”. You are now on ignore.

          • Christopher Smith

            The block button was created just to dispense with you.

          • Steve Teeter

            Oh, cummon. Look again. It doesn’t look anything like a phone, it looks like a pamphlet. Said respectfully, of course.

          • Christopher Smith

            Oh, cummon. Look again–it looks exactly like a phone at first glance. If ‘olandp’ felt the need to enlighten me, it could easily have said something graceful like ‘true, but it was a pamphlet.’ Did you even bother to read the snotty little attempt at snark? Gratuitous nastiness for absolutely no reason with of course the cliche ‘troll’ tucked in there. Do you yourself make a habit of the same sort of toxic little remarks? Said respectfully, of course. I’m JUST SAYIN’. LMAO!

  • WIGuy

    So maybe now the GOP can finally learn what is really in this dang document

  • Octavio

    At one time I had a job where I bought services from lots of printers, photographers and graphic artists. One small company that usually churned out good work was a husband/wife shop. They were scientologists, as were all of their employees. One year instead of an xmas card, they sent out long cardboard mailing tubes, each containing a giant one-page copy of the Constitution. It was BIG. I taped if up on the wall behind my desk chair. I enjoyed sitting in front of it and watching who was and wasn’t intimidated by the giant poster. I wish I still had it.

    I wonder if the pocket constitution sold by the militia types and gun yahoos is the same as the one in the photo. I suspect the militia version has some changes/additions. 😉

    • TuuxKabin

      I remember seeing a wall poster of the Constitution in a poster shop on Haight Street. Wish I’d bought one. But the Fillmore and Avalon Ballroom posters were more fun to try and read, hanging in a hammock listening to music.

      • Octavio

        Eons ago, before I bought my money pit below Coit Tower, I lived for a year one block above Haight on Masonic in an old painted lady. I have great memories of walking down to Haight for coffee and hash hish in the mornings. The smell of weed and patchouli was mighty strong in those days. 😉

        • TuuxKabin

          I remember us having this discussion. I think my address was 1493 Masonic at the ‘crest of the hill’, just across from the road leading up to the parking lot on the top of Buena Vista Park. We decided we never met. At least not there, at that time. Your spirit was definitely out and about tho, I know it was.

          The ‘oil’ of choice was ‘Musk’, when it came from the gland of the ox. Gawd, I’d ball anybody wearing that scent. It was the essence of sensuality for me.

          • Octavio

            Ever go to the Rich Street Baths?

          • TuuxKabin

            SOMA, correct? Probably, but I remember the one on B’dway, in North Beach. Dave’s. Went there when I lived on Vallejo, again, at the crest of the hill. And there was a bath house in the Mission which was convenient when I lived on Upper Market. Met one of my very first, first, husbians there. Spent our honeymoon there.

        • fuzzybits

          I remember going to Mommy Fortuna’s to eat and wondered if I was sitting in the same booth Janis might have sat in.

    • Reality.Bites

      Why would anyone be intimidated by it? It wasn’t printed with a giant photo of John Travolta and Tom Cruise in the background, was it?

      • Octavio

        Dear. I love you. But it appears you’ve never dealt with those who presume there is a commie under every bed and a conspiracy to overthrow the government behind every curtain. The Utah-baed company I worked for was 99.99% mormon — me being the exception. As you may have read on this thread there was a mormon named Cleon Skousen. Check out his Wikipedia page. The musings of Cleon are very popular in The Beehive State. Mormons still read his 1950s screeds as if they are scripture. Anyone who might dare openly display an authentic print of the Constitution must, therefore, be in collusion with Russia and the devil. Unlessit is Cleon-approved, like thee copies sold at BYUs bookstore or Zion’s Books. Mormons also eschew anyone with an education NOT acquired at BYU, the Rigby Idaho Campus, or BYU Hawaii. It’s not hard to instill fear and anger among the brethren and sisteren. I invite you to expand your horizons and vacation in Provo, SLC or Odgen, Ut. some time. 🙂

        • Reality.Bites

          Well maybe. BF and I both have blue eyes, although dark hair. We might pass for a Mormon father and son. And he kind of often dresses like a Mormon missionary, except it’s a white T-Shirt and black jeans, not a white shirt and black tie.

  • joe ho

    Traitor Trump’s version.

  • Max_1
  • Sam_Handwich

    i think i’ll wait for the broadway musical

  • bambinoitaliano

    I’m glad the people are getting interested in actually reading the constitution. Thank you Mr Khan for helping Americans educating themselves.

  • Lazycrockett

    Drumpf is gonna have to address soldier debacle and his ties to Putin if he wants to keep those uneducated white men in the rust belt.

  • karen in kalifornia

    OMG. I think this is the pocket version used by the Bundy gang at the Oregon Wildlife occupation. The National Center for Constitutional Studies was created by supporters of the Mormon Church and spearheaded by one W. Cleon Skousen who is an anti gov type person. OMG read the wikipedia on these guys. This is not a good thing. Some supporters of W. Cleon Skousen include the John Birch Society, the Eagle Forum, and the Oath Keepers!!!!!!
    Again this is not a good thing.
    As I recall from the Oregon standoff, this pocket version of the Constitution has editorial comments in the margins supporting the “lands rights” movement very
    popular in the Western States (Bundy). Notice the pocket version is published and sold out of Malta, Idaho.
    So now this anti-government group has made millions and will indoctrinate millions incorrectly about the actual interpretation of the Constitution.

    • clay

      and yet . . . it’s odd that 8+ years of Tea Party couldn’t raise its status.

  • That’s awesome. There are also several free apps with the Constitution and other founding documents (Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, etc.) that I have on my iPhone and iPad. Comes in handy when I get into debates in bars. I must be a super fun guy to hang around.

  • BearEyes

    Now, it needs to be both read AND understood.

  • karen in kalifornia

    Please read.
    Here’s the LA Times article about this pocket version. Again, this headline is NOT A GOOD THING.

    “Oregon armed protesters invoke the Constitution — annotated by a conspiracy theorist”
    http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-85653839/

  • olandp

    I have a pocket Constitution that I got from the ACLU which I carry in my bag so that when a born again tells me that God and Jesus are mentioned all through the Constitution (as one once did), I can whip it out and demand, “Where?”

  • Max_1

    Did the GOP even brandish one pocket Constitution this year?

    • anne marie in philly

      in the restroom to wipe their asses perhaps…

      • TuuxKabin

        Nah, they all had change for a five.

        • anne marie in philly

          bwhahahahahahaha!

    • clay

      And Cruz was seen without a flag lapel pin!

      • Max_1

        Oh the horror… !

  • Blake Jordan

    None of them were purchased by Drumpf…

  • karen in kalifornia

    Do not buy the National Center for Constitutional Studies pocket version of the Constitution. It is annotated by a nut job.
    Buy the ACLU one. https://shop.aclu.org/product/ACLU-Pocket-Constitution-of-the-United-States

    • SoCalGal20

      Use coupon code POCKETRIGHTS

  • SoCalGal20

    That annotated version is currently #2 on the Amazon Bestseller’s list. Ugh.

    • karen in kalifornia

      Thank you. I repeat. Do not buy the National Center for Constitutional Studies pocket version on Amazon. It is published and annotated by a nut job. See my links below.

      • SoCalGal20

        I already posted my own. 🙂

  • Jerry

    As they were speaking at the convention, and for several hours afterward, the top-trending search on google was “register to vote”…they seem to have had a very positive impact.

    • Jerry

      And a couple shots from our seats…

  • dcurlee

    Maybe Trump bought one.

    • DaddyRay

      Correction – maybe Trump ordered one – he won’t pay for it

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT but Peter Serafinowicz has made another awesome video.

    https://youtu.be/ROnVNY5K-J8

  • avidreader

    On the one hand, I’m thinking about what someone said on Twitter the other day, comparing nationalism to a drug. This wrapping into flags business is usually a one-way street.

    But on the other hand, I don’t care WHAT it takes to defeat Trump. If it’s a truckload of empty symbolism that convinces the voters in swing states, so be it. I’ll even eat the flag if that’s what it takes to save the fucking planet from this “carbon is a clean source of energy” buffoon.

  • Max_1
    • TuuxKabin

      Hillaryous!

  • thrunch

    Save some money … there’s an App for that. Literally. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/constitution-for-iphone-ipod/id288657710?mt=8

    • Reality.Bites

      It’s a symbolic gesture, I’m sure. You don’t need an app either – it’s easily available online in any browser.

      This is about carrying it with you.

  • Bruno

    Trump sandwich, bologna, russian dressing…

    • DaddyRay

      Served with a side of Chitos

      • Bruno

        Well, Russian dressing is pretty orange…

      • bzrd

        are you sure it isn’t cheatos ?

        • DaddyRay

          I stand corrected

    • Reality.Bites

      Odd. I thought it was already well-established he’s a shit sandwich.

      • JulieBL

        BAAAAHAHAHAHA

    • DH Esq

      The best part is “payment collected up front.” 🙂

    • billbear1961

      Right on, Bruno!

      • Octavio

        Far out! Mr. Bear.

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          Crazy! Mr. Octavio.

          • Octavio

            Intense!

          • Johnny Wyeknot

            Cosmic!

    • Do Something Nice

      Borrowing!

    • John T

      That’s baloney, not bologna — there’s a difference!

      I wonder if they actually serve you the sandwich, or if they collect your money up front then tell you they’re not going to make it for you. But they’ll give you a 50% refund. You want the entire refund? Whatcha gonna do, sue us? Take it up with our team of lawyers.

  • while this is obviously bringing up a lot of important conversations in american politics, i have to say that i don’t approve. of using regular people like this for political and media points. that mother is obviously still grieving. regular people shouldn’t be dragged into the media like this.

    that said, drumpf is below scum for saying the things he said about this family. i’m glad they aren’t backing down, and i’m glad more people are going to read the Constitution. but i wish “politics” didn’t equal “media circus that hurts ordinary people,” every time.

    • They volunteered, CD. And at each step of the way, the Khans were asked if they were willing to continue.

      Mr, Khan had already been speaking out publicly against Trump, starting when Trump made his infamous Muslim immigration ban proposal. First, the Clinton campaign asked if Hillary could repeat the story Mr. Khan had given in a previous interview. He said yes. Then the campaign asked if they’d be willing to come to the convention and then if they would be appear on the stage. They said yes, both times. Then they were asked if they’d be willing to say a few words, on the stage. Again, the answer was yes. The campaign offered some speechwriting help, if the Khans wanted it. Mr. Khan said no, he wanted to speak from his heart.

      There’s a huge difference when someone is dragged unwillingly onto the national stage and when someone wants to. Khizr and Ghazala Khan WANT us all to know what their son sacrificed and exactly why Trump must never be allowed to become our country’s President.

      What is wonderful here is the entire country is witnessing what an absolutely soulless monster Donald Trump really is. And how he couldn’t even refrain from attacking this Gold Star family, never mind having at least the decency to say something comforting to acknowledge and honor their loss.

      • TK

        Well stated but you are trying to enlighten someone with Hillary derangement syndrome. Save your energy.

        • I have to try, and if not CD seeing this comment, perhaps anybody else who thinks or merely wonders if the Khans weren’t doing this willingly will have that particular question answered.

          • no, i was just coming here to thank you for the details and information. thanks!

            but tell your buddy TK that he’s not helping, not at all.

          • You’re welcome.

        • yes, i was talking about HRC. oh, wait! i wasn’t. i was talking about the sad, complicated, and sometimes sick reality of the american media. i guess that went over your head.

          you folks who hate all of us who supported Bernie just won’t let it go.

          it’s not a winning strategy, my friend. i live in OH, a critical state for her. you should listen to me, and not your own “deranged” hatred of everyone who didn’t support her in the primaries.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Just irregular people?

  • billbear1961
    • Foreigners, all three — the pianist, the conductor and the composer — and two of them Jews to boot!1! There will be no place for this sort of thing in Mr Trump’s America!!1!!1!!

      Pity, as this is just about the finest performance on record.

  • GayOldLady

    I love the courage of Mr.Khan, he’s an example for all of us.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Reviews need to make clear the selling version is that “annotated” version the nutters cling to. Give it one star and link to another unabridged version for sale at Amazon.

    • SoCalGal20

      Yeah, a bunch of people need to start giving it one star reviews and write why.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      The Constitution is not exactly “War and Peace”. Teabaggers need Cliff Notes?

      • Octavio

        You need to ask? We’re talkin’ teabaggers.

      • karen in kalifornia

        It’s not exactly Cliff notes. The annotations are right wing nutter propaganda as in the religious and lands rights movement type. Used by Bundy bros with their illegal federal lands occupations.

  • Paula

    Attacking a Gold Star family is pretty disgusting. Haven’t these people suffered enough without Trump disrespecting them?

    • boatboy_srq

      Depends.
      1) how much disrespect did they get from the Teahad rank and file before the convention?
      2) How much more from the Teahad rank and file will they get now?

      tRump’s dissing may be more public, but it’s likely only a small part of what they face every day.

  • Bad Tom

    A simple gesture by a genuine hero reinvigorates an American Founding document into a NYT best seller.

    And Trump can do nothing but attack!
    ——-
    I think Trump is jealous.

  • Michael
  • bkmn

    Trump’s hard core base don’t care about him bashing Mr. Khan and his wife but a lot of people on the fence will sure notice.

  • Max_1

    The one angle Trump missed…
    “Mr. Kahn’s son is a victim of Muslim on Muslim crime.”

  • TK: let me try this one more time, for those who aren’t getting my concern.

    i hate our media/political system. they are so intertwined, there are so many things wrong with it. there is so much evil that comes from it. /insert rant here/

    it’s wrong to ask a grieving mother to be “on stage.” always. they may be “wanted” to be part of this. but that’s not the point. if i had a choice: entice voters to voter for me using a greiving mother, or something else? i think you know how i would’ve chosen. i’m also good enough in terms of the media biz to think of 1,000 better, equally emotional and wonderful ways to swing voters.

    i care about the Little People. the DNC does not. i’m sorry if that hurts you to know. i do, and so should you.

    • Jason

      Yes there is exploitation going on here, but i think the more powerful message is that muslims have also died to protect us

    • I disagree. It is not wrong to ask a family which has already given an interview if they wish to tell their story.

      ‘The DNC’ doesn’t care. The people who make it up actually do. And Hillary Clinton cares. For fuck’s sake, she even asked permission before recounting the Khan’s story in a speech. What more do you want?

      You cannot exploit someone who actually WANTS to be heard.

    • meh, typos are the devil. you try responding to comments and trying to keep three cats all with different FELV+ status in their correct places at the same time. 😉

  • A while back, the LGBT community kept trying to get traction on repealing DADT, and for years kept failing. Eventually, we and the activist groups happened upon the key argument to fit that particular lock: Fairness. How was it fair that a gay or lesbian servicemember had to pretend to loving nobody, hide even the fact of being gay or lesbian, in order to serve — and potentially make the biggest sacrifices of all, to give their lives for the country? It obviously wasn’t fair at all.

    The Khans have given us all a similarly compelling narrative: How can the country dare to say it is free and values freedom, when the very same people Donald Trump says are universally to be suspected are also among those who have made the same sacrifices gay and lesbian Americans were making?

    Khizr and Ghazala Khan put a face to the consequences of Trump’s ethnic, religious, and racial bigotry. Their son’s face, who gave his life in a suicide bombing attack while in Iraq, saving those he was serving with. As I noted below in a comment, they were not unwilling speakers. The Khans, who immigrated to America from the UAE and became citizens, wanted Trump and the rest of the country to know that Trump was disrespecting them and their sacrifice. They’d already given an interview, and Clinton’s campaign asked if she could repeat their story. They said yes, gladly. Then they were asked if they would like to come to the convention. Again yes. Then subsequently asked if they might be willing to appear on stage with others. Again yes. Then asked if they might say a few words, they said yes, although later on Mrs. Khan would decide she couldn’t maintain her composure and did not want to be seen breaking down in public, so she helped her husband put together the speech he would later deliver from memory, without notes or teleprompter. The campaign asked if they would like some speech-writing help, and Mr. Khan said no, he wanted his words to be all his own.

    Part of Trump’s success in his bigoted demagoguery is he paints faceless groups with his brush of hatred, stereotypes and prejudice. Muslims shouldn’t be allowed into America, he says — he’s since upped it from immigrating to include visitors and tourists, too. What the Khans did was to show us one actual family who would’ve been excluded or, in Donald Trump’s hellscape vision for the country, literally persecuted for their religion, despite their own son having given his life in service to this same nation.

    It has resonated because it was real, and the Khans are real. And even more thankfully, Trump could not muster even a single shred of decency or empathy in response. There were any number of classy things Trump could have said. “Thank you for your son’t service and sacrifice.” He could not even stop himself from attacking this Gold Star family! He couldn’t keep from trying to use their story to advance still more of his anti-Islamic bigotry. And of course, he appallingly tried to equate his own personal enrichment with the Khans’ actual sacrifice, to say that having employees is as much a sacrifice as losing a son.

    Yeah, yeah, yeah — I know someone reading this is already probably composing the usual “doesn’t matter, Trump’s base is as vile as he is” response. The point isn’t to reach his base. The point is to reach those people who are considering voting for the Cheeto-colored Republican merely because he’s not a Democrat. The ones who can still be reached, and they do exist.

    Trump attacking a Gold Star family was a terrible blunder on his part. I’m hoping stuff like this is just the beginning of what Clinton, the Democrats, and Americans who still have decency and a conscience will bring to bear against Trump and the forces of hatred and ignorance.

    • David L. Caster

      The point isn’t to reach his base. The point is to reach those people who are considering voting for the Cheeto-colored Republican merely because he’s not a Democrat. The ones who can still be reached, and they do exist.

      Absolutely they do exist. And it is time to start speaking directly to them in ways that will make sense to them and stick. It is also time to start making the larger case for exactly what the US is all about and how the Ultra-right factions of the GOP have been systematically undermining the principles of the country. The Democrats need to construct a message that emphasizes the need to get back to the fundamentals of Democracy, equal protection under the law, and unity of purpose in the interest of the common good.

      • Exactly. Turn this into what isn’t Democrat vs Republican, but America itself versus Trump and the evil he represents. Which in previous elections could’ve been seen as hyperbole, but we’ve witnessed who and what Trump really is. This is no ordinary election this time.

        • David L. Caster

          Yeah, we are out of the “normal” operating envelope now.

  • John T

    You can also read the Constitution for free online, of course. What are
    all these people going to do with a little booklet, wave it at
    each other when they’re trying to win an argument at the bus stop or
    wherever? A pocket Constitution is a cool prop, I guess, but the
    original text of the document isn’t nearly as important as the centuries
    of interpretations and rulings by the courts. I dunno, carrying one of these around kinda seems like wearing a flag lapel pin.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      That was my thought exactly – a prop. And I even wonder if the Trump campaign has bought thousands to use at their next rally.

  • David

    Buy it now – before Herr Drümpf has a chance to ban and burn them.

    • Max_1

      No Name Calling
      ~ Mike Pence

  • Max_1
    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      ISIS wants Trump to win. He’s their best recruitment propaganda tool.

      • JCF

        ITA.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Khan has really done some serious damage to the Trump campaign.
    For all his supposed media savvy, sure looks like Trump never viewed “The Wrath of Khan”.

  • Max_1
    • Only in this case, it was very probably true.

  • BudClark

    Oh, Pastafarius! Now we’ll have to deal with neocons who think they got the information by osmosis!

  • nowhereman

    The one on Amazon is probably the bastardized annotated version that the sovereign citizens use. If that is so, then this is not good news. I’d recommend getting a copy of the real one, not the one that Moses delivered to the Continental Convention. I’ve got a copy that is designed for use in high schools and is very well laid out and easy to understand.

    I just checked–and I was right. A quick read of the reviews will make that clear.
    https://www.amazon.com/Pocket-Constitution-Text-Bicentennial-Commission/dp/0880801441/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1469997434&sr=1-1&keywords=constitution

    • djcoastermark

      That was what I thought when I saw pocket Constitution. There was a big uproar a few years back in florida schools over that one.( the soveriegn one )

    • karen in kalifornia

      It’s not “probably” it is. Google National Center for Constitutional Studies and your lean more than you want about the religious sovereign lands nutter who sells these annotated booklet.

      • Nowhereman–Berniecrat

        I went back and checked after I wrote that. The comments I saw really panned it.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    Here’s a good rip of Trump by a Conservative, reported by Daily Kos.
    http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/7/30/1554637/-A-conservative-s-reaction-to-Trump-on-Khizr-Khan

  • DaveMiller135

    [to the tune of “I Want Your Sex”]
    Not everybody reads it, but everybody should.

  • EDinMCO

    About. Damn. Time.

  • Lynettechunt1

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  • Brian Scott
  • Daniel Leyva

    AND you can get the Kindle version for free!

  • wmforr

    It’s about fucking time! Maybe Mr. Khan will finally get Americans to study their own history.