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4 years 41 weeks ago, 12:21 PM

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You're not going to fucking believe this:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/06/09/publishing-company-putting-warning-...

A small publishing company is under fire after putting warning labels on copies of the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and other historical documents.

Wilder Publications warns readers of its reprints of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, Common Sense, the Articles of Confederation, and the Federalist Papers, among others, that “This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today.”

The disclaimer goes on to tell parents that they "might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work."

Walter Olson, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, says the company may be trying to ensure that oversensitive people don't pull its works off bookstore or library shelves.

"Any idea that’s 100 years old will probably offend someone or other," Olson told FoxNews.com. "…But if there’s anything that you ought to be able to take at a first gulp for yourself and then ask your parents if you're wondering about this or that strange thing, it should be the founding documents of American history."

The warning seems to be offending more people than the documents themselves.

Amazon.com’s customer reviews of Wilder’s copy of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation show an overwhelming number of people speaking out against the disclaimer, describing it as “insulting,” “sickening” and “frankly, horrifying.”

Another review for Wilder’s edition of the Federalist Papers calls for an all-out boycott of the publisher, sarcastically pointing out the "dangerous ideas" it’s trying to protect children from: "limited government, checks and balances, constrained judicial review, dual sovereignty of states and federal government, and deliberative democracy."

And though warning labels are usually posted to protect a company from potential lawsuits, constitutional attorney Noel Francisco says this disclaimer has no legal benefits.

"Would it ever be a legal concern that selling the Constitution would expose you to some kind of liability? No. Never,” Francisco told FoxNews.com. "The Constitution is the founding document of the country, an operative legal document."

As for the idea that this warning label might help keep these works from being yanked off bookshelves, Francisco says it is more likely to have the opposite effect: people not carrying the book because it has the disclaimer.

"By putting on the warning, you’re making controversial something that’s not controversial: our Constitution, our Declaration of Independence," he said.

Amazon customers appear to agree. Almost all of the reviews discussing the disclaimer end with the same thought: don't buy from this publisher.

Efforts to reach the publisher were unsuccessful.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
4 years 41 weeks ago, 12:57 PM

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were unsuccesful. I guess so. Maybe they should try the caves in Afghanistan or dare I say it, the Oval Office.

What an absolute souless dislaimer. It is these same documents that allow this arrogant punk organization to spew its rhetoric, how absurd.

clint

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4 years 41 weeks ago, 1:13 PM

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kind of service. I went to their web site and there isn't any sort of contact link. The address is a P.O. Box. Could write a letter to their PO box, but a nasty email would have been better.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
4 years 41 weeks ago, 2:33 PM

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THIS is a prfect example of shooting yourself in the head....and in their case, I hope it is fatal.

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]
4 years 41 weeks ago, 2:47 PM

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Warning labels

on the Constitution, Bill of rights etc. is for LIBERALS!!! Plain and simple!....I have an idea, I am going to get a shirt that says 'fucking with Hamp is known to the state of California to cause injury or death'.....I am nothing if not politically correct.....Ha Ha Ha!....This shit ain't funny!

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There is your warning Chief...lol

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4 years 41 weeks ago, 6:01 PM

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Sounds about right.

The education system is teaching kids just enough to make them ok at math and sceince. As for everything else they are pretty much letting kids slip by on. The education system feels the reason that America is lacking in the worlds eyes on how smart our children are is that us silly Americans spend to much ime on unuseful subjects such as history and even imagine this penmanship. I was speaking to my nephews which are now early teens and I was listening to some Johhny Horton and they asked what the song was about. I told them it was talking about the Revolutionary War, and they said what war was that? I thought they had to be kidding so when I had a chance I looked at their history books and what I found made me ill. They had maybe a total of a page and half on the whole war from what led up to it till the end. My nephews knew of the Bill of Rights, but had never read it. Since this time I have made sure that they know of both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I honestly think that the education system does not want this generation of kids to know what they have for rights so it will be easier for them to be slowly taken away without them even knowing.It is our responsibilty as parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, hell even as a mentor to let the children know how important it is to keep our rights.

“If ever time should come,when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of it's experienced Patriots to prevent it's ruin."Samuel Adams
4 years 41 weeks ago, 6:21 PM

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HISTORY.....

How in the hell do you know where you are going if you don't know where you have been???

Enough said!

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4 years 41 weeks ago, 7:16 PM

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fuck 'em find someone else to print the documents without the disclaimer.You might not be able to get to the publisher but you can get to Amazon and anyone else thats buying their product for sale,send an email to Amazon telling them not to do business with this publishing company.They can run but they can't hide.

i tried being reasonable,i didn't like it, NRA LIFE MEMBER,USMC VETERAN
4 years 41 weeks ago, 7:19 PM

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Warning Lables!?!?!

I never in my life felt this pissed.I am looking in a dictionary now to find a word to describe how pissed I am. I am pissed no other word to describe it!

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