When a Washington, D.C. security guard assumed his post at the National Archives Building this morning, he noticed something different about the Bill of Rights: a red, hand-written asterisk had suddenly appeared in the First Amendment, accompanied by a footnote. “People,” the specific word preceding the asterisk, had been qualified with the following condition: “White Christian males. NO gays!!”
“NO” had been underlined three times.
Preliminary forensic tests point toward the asterisk being the product of late night vandalism, but Washington remains divided on whether or not it was a part of the original text, with the majority of conservatives claiming the document has always contained the markings.
“What? That’s always been there,” said Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. “It’s always been how I’ve operated.”
The controversial incident comes on the heels of such divisive topics as the University of Missouri protests to the Syrian refugee crisis, events that have called into question who the government does – or does not – protect.
Multiple additional asterisks were found within the footnote itself, including, “White as defined by the ‘no-drop’ rule,” “Males must be born males. No Caitlyn Jenners,” and “Stance on Catholics TBD.”
Texas Senator and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz was suspiciously quick to defend the belief that the asterisk had always been part of the document. “People say it looks like my handwriting, but ever consider that’s because me and the founding fathers are the same people with the same good, Christian values?” he said. “Trust me, I wish I could take credit for those absolutely genius words, but I definitely can’t because it’s been there the whole time.” He then added, “I wouldn’t even know where to buy a red pen!” which are believed to be the first true and accurate words spoken by the candidate during his entire campaign.
When asked for his opinion, presidential hopeful Jeb Bush stated, “If it hadn’t been there the whole time, then how would I even know about it? Check. Mate.”
President Obama announced that the White House is taking all precautions to identify the vandal, which was immediately seized upon as another example of the President’s wasteful, divisive, partisan politics.
“Technically, we don’t have to listen to him anyway,” said Mike Huckabee, “because he doesn’t fit the asterisk values that have clearly been part of the constitution since God created it.”
Barbecue sauce fingerprints were also discovered on the parchment, but investigators are still determining whether or not they are connected to the asterisk.