Jim DeMint is trying to raise some money. In in soliciting for some cheddar, DeMint tells potential donors that he believes "the only way to take back our freedom is to return to the constitutional principles our founding fathers promised in 1776."
Jim DeMint visually attempts to show reporters how much he knows about constitutional history.
I suppose DeMint will be hoping his potential donors now as little about history as he appears to, because any schoolkid knows the Constitutional Convention was not convened in Philadelphia until 1787. Then again, maybe DeMint doesn't really our Constitution and instead, wants to return to the salad days of the Articles of Confederation, which were drafted and ratified AFTER the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Of course, the Declaration of Independence was just that, a declaration of independence. It does not contain core constitutional principles from our founding fathers.
As Salon points out, this could just be seen as a stupid, ignorant missed fact. But when the appeal for money starts throwing out figures related to 1776, like donors giving $17.76 dollars or DeMint's hope to raise $17,760 in $17.76 increments over the next five days, well then that's no longer a mistake, it's just retarded.
Way to go, Jimmy. This will make everyone forget about South Carolina's floundering educational system.