Get a Free Pocket Edition of the U.S. Constitution (Now #2 on the Amazon Bestseller List)

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Going into the Democratic National Convention, who would have thought that the speech we’d all remember this week would belong to Khazir Khan, the father of a Muslim-American soldier who died fighting for the United States in Iraq? Khan’s rebuke of Donald Trump’s divisive presidential campaign was stinging, and it came capped with these lines:

Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with our future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words “liberty” and “equal protection of law.”

Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of the brave patriots who died defending America – you will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities.

You have sacrificed nothing and no one.

This private citizen succeeded in doing what Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, President Obama, Joe Biden and maybe even Michael Bloomberg could not. In his own modest, understated way, he put Trump on the defensive. And when Trump lashed out, you could finally hear the whispers: Have you no sense of decency, Donald, at long last?

Khizr Khan may be to Donald Trump what Joseph Welch was to Joe McCarthy. That would be one positive outcome of Khan’s speech. The other is that sales of the U.S. Constitution (as Electric Literature noted) have gone through the roof. The U.S. Constitution is currently #2 on Amazon’s list of bestselling books, right behind the new Harry Potter book. Fathom that.

You, too, can buy a pocket edition of the Constitution. But why not get it for free? Through November 8, the ACLU is running a promotion which will let you snag a free pocket-sized Constitution–one that can fit in your backpack, glove compartment, or back pocket. It measures 3/12” x 5.5” and features “the full text of the Constitution, the Amendments, including the Bill of Rights, as well as a Know Your Rights series: What to do if you’re stopped by the police.”

Head to this page, and use the coupon code POCKETRIGHTS.

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  • Chris says:

    Please don’t link to that pocket Constitution. That particular one, the one that’s going like hotcakes on Amazon, is annotated with the rantings of right-wing ideologue Cleon Skousen.

  • A.B. says:

    Thanks for the post and the link. I swore an oath to protect that document from all enemies. One of the politicians chose to introduce the sympathy act to their play; another chose to tastelessly, and seemingly without a deeper understanding of the cost, critique the play. One must understand that choosing to stand upon that stage and hold the microphone means that all is “fair play.”

    The soldier knew this, and “filled the unforgiving minute
    with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run.”

    Honor him by supporting our constitution.

  • Jimmie Rutherford says:

    God bliss

  • Randy says:

    Despite the small form factor, it seems to be a very effective shield to hide behind, when pretending your ideology isn’t what it says it is.

  • Greg says:

    You, the ACLU, and Amazon made a huge mistake. Cleon Skousen. Really? I will throw it out the moment it arrives. Unfortunately, I will now be spammed by every right wing organization in the country. Thanks a lot….

  • mark holcomb says:

    I see in someone’s post that DJT has sacrificed nothing. We’ve all heard that there is a time and place for everything. Now is DJT’s time. It’s his time to put everything he’s worked for his entire life on the table to defend our constitution and bill of rights. At 70 yrs. old he will be wearing the uniform of a marine, a soldier, our navy and air force, our coast guard, national guard, our border patrol and our police officers and he ask for nothing but America’s support. On 11/09/16 when DJT has been elected President of our great nation, our country and our constitution will be safe, and not continued to be walked on by the current admin.

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