As Dave Barry says, "I am not making this up!" Oh, that we were.
A Virginia-based publisher has issued copies of such precious founding documents such as the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Articles of Confederation, The Federalist Papers and Thomas Paine's Common Sense with a disclaimer that reads:
This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents 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.
Okay, we might believe it if it was a California company. But in our very own Virginia? Apologizing for our great founding documents? In the home of Jefferson and Madison? But it's true (see warning label below). The books are published by Wilder Publications which lists its trading name and address as A & D Publishing, P.O. Box 3005, Radford, VA 24143-3005 (click here for its Web site). Embarassment to the commonwealth aside, this small-time left-wing publishing house has been blasted by hundreds of people in reviews on Amazon.com (Federalist Papers and U.S. Constitution) as well as on FoxNews.com, to which Wilder Publishing refused to offer comment. Condemnations also come from sites ranging from the All American Blogger to the Canada Free Press. Everyone, it seems, but liberals. We are not making this up!
Liberal warning: Reading the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution may be dangerous to your mind.