When any person in the public eye constantly has a camera or a microphone shoved in their face, more often than not the opportunity for cringe worthy comments increase exponentially. But for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) , cringe worthy seems to be the norm vice the exception, as reported by the right-of-center news portal Breitbart.com on March 12, 2014.
Rep. Jackson Lee took to the floor of the US House of Representatives (see video) where she matter-of-factly stated that the United States has been "operating under" the Constitution for the past 400 years.
Unfortunately for the Congresswoman from the Lone Star State, the Constitution didn't take effect in 1614. She was off by a mere 175 years.
Only after a National Constitutional Convention was convened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787.
When ratified by various state conventions did the documents take effect nationwide on March 4, 1789.
Fly me to the moon ...
No stranger to making questionable comments in public, PolitiFact Texas noted in 2010 that Jackson Lee "asked a NASA scientist [in 1997] if the Mars Pathfinder had photographed the flag that Neil Armstrong had planted on the moon."
Other than confusing celestial bodies, and also a little closer to home, Jackson Lee famously stated in 2010 from the floor of the House that North and South Viet-Nam now live together in peace:
Today we have two Vietnams, side by side, North and South, exchanging and working. We may not agree with all that North Vietnam is doing, but they are living in peace. I would look for a better human rights record for North Vietnam, but they are living side by side.
The Republic of (South) Viet-Nam fell to the communist North in 1976. Since then, the South was absorbed into the Socialist Republic of Viet-Nam
Civics 101 ...
As reported by The American Spectator magazine, Rep. Jackson Lee argued early in 2011 that if the US Congress ever repealed the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as "Obama Care," that the move would be a violation of both the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution.
Rep. Jackson Lee may not be aware that Obama Care has never been ruled a Constitutional right by the Supreme Court.