Randi Rhodes Says Conservatives 'Can't Stand' the Constitution, Claims It Was 'Written on Hemp'

On her radio show Wednesday, Randi Rhodes insisted that conservatives are not constitutionalists. They know nothing about the Constitution, she asserted. She oddly claimed that there's “nothing about politics” in the Constitution, so resisting new spending because it makes you popular is apparently quite unconstitutional behavior:

And they don't give a rat's ass if you are suffering through Christmas, or if your 9-year-old is suffering through Christmas, or your 3-year-old is crying...or your 6-year-old is hungry...they just don't give a rat's ass! This is all politics, and frankly, there is nothing about politics in the Constitution, nothing! No parties, no politics!

Conservatives, according to Rhodes, also don't believe in the First Amendment: “So they don't believe in freedom of the press, and they don't believe that there is a separation of church and state, and they don't believe in free speech obviously because they think speech is money and of course, money is not free.”

She concluded: “How dare they call themselves constitutionalists! They can't stand the damn thing! And wait til they found out it was written on hemp! Oy!”

The Arizona Republic's Political Insider found marijuana lobbyists making this charge, but “extensive research on Google and with U.S. Constitution experts showed this to be an urban myth.”

According to Laura Diachenko, public affairs specialist at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, the U.S. Constitution was written on parchment with iron gall ink. Historians believe the parchment was made of cow skin, she said.

It’s true that hemp was used to make paper in the late 1700s. But important founding documents were written on parchment because it lasts longer, Diachenko said. The Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence also were written on parchment.

Earlier Rhodes rants: "Thomas Jefferson would bitch-slap Rush Limbaugh so hard" and Ben Franklin would "make mincemeat" out of Mark Levin for claiming to be on the side of the Founding Fathers.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis