Rep. Steve King: "Celebrate" The Constitution By Rewriting It

September 19, 2011 12:24 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Whether it's 'saving' Medicare by dismantling it or increasing revenues by cutting taxes, there is no shortage of glaring contradictions between Republican talking points and actual conservative policies. But perhaps none is more absurd than the obsession many "constitutional conservatives" have with rewriting the Constitution.

For example, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) commemorated Constitution Day this weekend with a press release demanding a constitutional amendment that would, among other things, forbid deficits and require a two-thirds supermajority of Congress to raise taxes.

Now here's what King has to say about the Constitution in his official congressional bio:

He believes the Constitution means what it says and that it should be read in light of the intent of our founding fathers. King is never caught without a copy of the Constitution in his coat pocket.

If many "constitutional conservatives" had their way, Americans would lose Medicare and Social Security, the minimum wage and child labor laws, federal funding of education, and even civil rights protections — all in the name of the Constitution. The Center for American Progress has much more on how the far right wants to upend the founding document HERE.