Skip to comments.'We the people' to open next Congress--House to read Constitution
Posted on 12/23/2010 6:02:27 PM PST by jazusamo
The Constitution frequently gets lip service in Congress, but House Republicans next year will make sure it gets a lot more than that - the new rules the incoming majority party proposed this week call for a full reading of the country's founding document on the floor of the House on Jan. 6.
The goal, backers said, is to underscore the limited-government rules the Founders imposed on Congress - and to try to bring some of those principles back into everyday legislating.
"It stems from the debate that we've had for the last two years about things like the exercise of authority in a whole host of different areas by the EPA, we've had this debate in relation to the health care bill, the cap-and-trade legislation," said Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, who proposed the reading. "This Congress has been very aggressive in expanding the power of the federal government, and there's been a big backlash to that."
Setting aside time at the beginning of the congressional session for the reading is just one of the changes to House rules that Republicans say are designed to open up the legislative process. They say the new rules also will try to bring some restraints to lawmaking after decades in which both Republican and Democratic leaders whittled away opportunities for real legislative give-and-take.
The biggest changes would make it easier to cut spending and harder to create entitlement programs, while imposing restrictions that could keep leaders from jamming massive bills onto the House floor before lawmakers have had a chance to digest them.
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It’ll be good to see a fresh start. The 111th left such a train wreck, especially at the end. Good riddance to that cabal of communists.
I hope that they read the original U.S. Constitution and not the perverted, “living, breathing and drinking” Commie’RAT/SCOTUS version.
I couldn’t agree more, the lame duck session was a total fiasco.
The New house had better stick by their guns and not revert to the same old BS if this country is to survive..
I HOPE the new Congress does more than just read the Constitution. I HOPE THEY FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION!
Amen! That’s what it’s about.
They should read the Declaration of Independence, AND the Constitution!!
Symbolically, it would be best if Boehner read them after accepting the gavel from Poloser, but I doubt he could get through reading them without breaking down too much. It would probably take all day. lol
So what Judge is going to step up and call this “unconstitutional”?
LOL! Handkerchiefs, he’d need a supply of handkerchiefs.
What they should do is buy time on a channel for a week and do nothing but read the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.”
I wouldn’t mind hearing it read by Fred Thompson.
It’s not very long, it should be read at the
beginning of EVERY Session.
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.
Hell, if I’m in just the right mood, reading the Declaration jokes me up a little when I read it.
It’s start, at least they’re reading it which is far more than any other congress has done with it since 1926. It would be nice if they had an in depth debate about what it means instead of just letting the words go in one ear and out the other.
I read “The New Call of Freedom...” by Woodrow Wilson (the big Rat) the other day. In it he talks about how the fat cats run the country because of all the disgraceful public corruption. He goes at length lamenting about the corruption, but in the end his anwer for it is not to get a bunch of prosecutors and toss the politicians rears in jail for it, no, his answer is to heavily regulate business to protect the little guy from the effects.
If it weren’t so disasterous that he got his way and we we wouldn’t ever be able to put that horse back in the barn, it would be rather amusing to see how such an educated man can put 2+2 together and get 33.
Yes, it would do the whole House good to learn a little about our government. Michele Bachmann has set up several sessions for the incoming Repubs but she’s envited whoever would like to attend, one session is with Justice Scalia.
Anyways, I have in the 'notes' sections scribbled:
Art III, sec 2.4:
U.S. vs. Moylan 417 F2d 1002,1006 (1969)
U.S. vs Dougherty 473 F2d 1113,1139 (1972)
Sparf vs U.S. 156 US 51
Its mine my own Constitution. I use it all the time.
I'd guess that you prolly could get boatload's of supertanker-to-grimace-proportion volumes of Declaration of Independence/Constitution/Amendments from these guys for song & dance (free). What makes me different to you? Is it my avatar - which will kill you by the way - or is it your fundamental socialist philosophy that I'm absolutely and utterly hostile against?
I think this is a very positive step. If nothing else it shows intent on the part of the new congress.
I will bet that people like Frank and Pelosi will scoff at it and degrade the whole issue.