October 30, 2018
A recent article on MSN is headlined: “10 Myths About the U.S. Constitution Most Americans Believe.” Here are the ten myths:
- The Constitution is on hemp paper.
- The Constitution has 39 signatures.
- Thomas Jefferson and John Adams signed the Constitution.
- The same signatures are on both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
- The Constitution established an American democracy.
- All 13 states participated in writing the Constitution.
- The President can veto a proposed amendment to the Constitution.
- The Constitution gives the Supreme Court the power to declare laws unconstitutional.
- The Constitution explicitly states there is a separation of Church and State.
- The Constitution ensures your right to vote.
Each of these myths is adequately corrected by the author in the article.
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