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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.

  • Mike Netherton says:

    I would like a pock­et size book of the U.S.Constitution. Thanky­ou.

  • Joseph T Munley says:

    I would like a copy of the con­sti­tu­tion.

    Thank You

  • ORIJAI says:

    I would like a pock­et size book of the U.S.Constitution.2 COPIES ONE FOR MY SON AND ONE FOR ME PLEASE MAKE TO P.O. BOX 555 SMYRNA DELAWARE 19977 Thanky­ou.

  • Don Lavoie says:

    Please send me the con­sti­tu­tion pam­phlet

    20 LYON

  • Larry J. Tedder says:

    I would like a free copy of the US Con­sti­tu­tion for my grand­daugh­ter, please.

  • Mary Lou Levy says:

    This is the fourth time I have request­ed two free copies of The US Con­stiu­tion, since 2017 to no avail. WILL YOU PLEASE expain why my request has not been hon­ored. ALSO WHAT I NEED TO DO or who I can go to to have my quest hon­ored. THANK YOU FOR ATTENDTION ON THIS MATTER.

    My address is
    1542 Alta Glen Dri­ve Apt 36
    San Jose, CA 95125

  • Thomas F. Torres says:

    Would you please send me 2 copies of the pock­et con­sti­tu­tion. Thank you very much.

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