And about Congress: 'I wonder how many of them know much about' Constitution
The Washington Post called him an “expert on the Bill of Rights, the Supreme Court, student rights and education” and he was a longtime Village Voice writer and icon for progressives.
But he no longer looks to Democrats to represent his view because of what has happened to the Democrat Party under President Obama.
Nat Hentoff told WND Wednesday he’s been a longtime supporter of Democrats, but occasionally has endorsed a Republican, as he did in his column at WND on Tuesday, where he said America needs the Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., kind of president in the White House.
He said he’s becoming more and more of an individual who looks for an affinity for the Constitution when he reviews candidates.
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“I used to be a Democrat. But under Mr. Obama that party has rather disintegrated,” he told WND. “I’m more likely to vote for who I believe supports the Constitution.”
In his WND column, Hentoff said he’s liking Paul as a candidate for the presidency, because he seems to be the one who is closest to the Constitution.
He cited Paul’s 13-hour filibuster in 2013 against the appointment of John Brennan as head of the CIA.
“For me, Paul made real a fantasy I’d long held: that someone running for the presidency, as he clearly is, would focus insistently on what it means under our Constitution to be an American – with basic individual rights and liberties no government has the authority to suspend or erase,” Hentoff wrote.
“During that crisply related filibuster, for example, he told a sizable, but briefly attentive nation: ‘Your government was given a few defined powers (by the Constitution), enumerated powers. … But your liberties are many. … When you read the Ninth and 10th Amendment(s), it says that those rights not explicitly given to government are left to the states and the people. They’re yours, not to be disparaged.’
“Hearing that, I wondered how many Americans know what is in the Ninth and 10th Amendments. Do you?”
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