Rather amazingly, Republican legislators in New Hampshire want the laws they write to adhere not to the US Constitution (that old rag?) but to Britain’s ancient Magna Carta. Sounds like a convincing two of their number have watched way too much History Channel:
Under House Bill 1580, set to be introduced by House Republicans Bob Kingsbury, Tim Twombly and Lucien Vita, all new legislation would have to quote the 800-year old document that outlines feudal barons’ demands of King John of England.
The lawmakers say their intention is to honor the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, but they also believe it’s “a document that still functions.”
“This is a little bit older than the Constitution, but the same thought is there,” said Vita.
The “functioning” document includes such totally-not-racist laws as “If anyone who has borrowed a sum of money from Jews dies before the debt has been repaid, his heir shall pay no interest on the debt for so long as he remains under age.”
The state Democratic Party also supports the bill. Sort of.
“I appreciate all the hard work the Republican legislators are putting into the effort to make them look like extremists,” said Ray Buckley, spokesman for the Democrats. “Saves us the trouble.”