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'We the people' to open next Congress--House to read Constitution
The Washington Times ^ | December 23, 2010 | Stephen Dinan

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.


(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 112th; constitution; filibuster; houseread; republicans; senate

1 posted on 12/23/2010 6:02:31 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

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.


2 posted on 12/23/2010 6:05:17 PM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: jazusamo

I hope that they read the original U.S. Constitution and not the perverted, “living, breathing and drinking” Commie’RAT/SCOTUS version.


3 posted on 12/23/2010 6:06:40 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Merry Christmas to all of my FReeper FRiends!)
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To: ScottinVA

I couldn’t agree more, the lame duck session was a total fiasco.


4 posted on 12/23/2010 6:07:21 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
We should read them the Declaration of Independence.
5 posted on 12/23/2010 6:07:45 PM PST by maine yankee
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To: jazusamo

The New house had better stick by their guns and not revert to the same old BS if this country is to survive..


6 posted on 12/23/2010 6:07:48 PM PST by mongo141
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To: jazusamo

I HOPE the new Congress does more than just read the Constitution. I HOPE THEY FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION!


7 posted on 12/23/2010 6:10:15 PM PST by teletech (Say NO to RINOS!)
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To: teletech

Amen! That’s what it’s about.


8 posted on 12/23/2010 6:11:21 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

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


9 posted on 12/23/2010 6:12:38 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: jazusamo

So what Judge is going to step up and call this “unconstitutional”?


10 posted on 12/23/2010 6:15:22 PM PST by Hattie
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To: KoRn

LOL! Handkerchiefs, he’d need a supply of handkerchiefs.


11 posted on 12/23/2010 6:16:13 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: KoRn

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.


12 posted on 12/23/2010 6:17:04 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Remember March 23, 1775. Remember March 23, 2010)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

It’s not very long, it should be read at the
beginning of EVERY Session.


13 posted on 12/23/2010 6:21:41 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: jazusamo
They can put a little extra emphasis on these paragraphs...

Article III.

Section. 3.

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.

Article. IV.

Section. 4.

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.


14 posted on 12/23/2010 6:23:08 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: jazusamo

Absolutely! lol

Hell, if I’m in just the right mood, reading the Declaration jokes me up a little when I read it.


15 posted on 12/23/2010 6:27:24 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: jazusamo

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.


16 posted on 12/23/2010 6:28:42 PM PST by dajeeps
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To: dajeeps

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.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2642667/posts


17 posted on 12/23/2010 6:36:45 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
I got mine from the Cato Institute. It got stained with fluid leaking from rotten fruit making the roan pressed leather-look appear as if bad occured. I never dismiss any sort of that notion.

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?

18 posted on 12/23/2010 6:51:39 PM PST by raygun (My Jake Sully Avatar action figure has gone 'dark' (just so you know).)
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To: jazusamo

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.


19 posted on 12/23/2010 7:57:44 PM PST by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: jazusamo
The is a very handy, notated, free Constitution at the iTunes store.
20 posted on 12/23/2010 8:00:49 PM PST by seton89 (No taxpayers were harmed in the making of Fords)
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To: jazusamo

Democrats look at the words of the Constitution, but only see Das Kapital and Rules for Radicals.

Its a cognitive disturbance of massive proportions.


21 posted on 12/23/2010 8:02:08 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (Character is defined by how we treat those who society says have no value.)
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To: KoRn

Families should read portions The Constitution , Declaration of Independence, and other inspired works by our Founding Fathers on a periodic basis, perhaps weekly..Children would have a strong foundation of liberty’s concepts from an early age..


22 posted on 12/23/2010 9:14:57 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: sheik yerbouty

I agree!

Children should be taught and know our Constitution as well as they know their ‘ABCs’.


23 posted on 12/23/2010 11:50:50 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: jazusamo

“House to read Constitution”

This will be like an exorcist priest reading Biblical passages to a demon-possessed cult. I’ll watch on C-Span. I want to see if Pelosi will spit green pea soup or cough up hairballs.


24 posted on 12/24/2010 7:27:25 AM PST by sergeantdave
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To: sergeantdave

Yes, it would be interesting to see San Fran Nan reacts. :)


25 posted on 12/24/2010 9:52:09 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Munz
I will bet that people like Frank and Pelosi will scoff at it and degrade the whole issue.

That's possible, those two and some other RATS have no shame.

26 posted on 12/24/2010 9:57:57 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: KoRn

I hope this will become a widespread practice;a bulwark against tyranny..


27 posted on 12/24/2010 12:02:05 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: jazusamo

U.S. Constitution (Literal)

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/constitution/pdf2002/006-Constitution.pdf

Amendments to U.S. Constitution (Literal)

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/constitution/pdf2002/007.pdf


28 posted on 12/24/2010 3:48:37 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: jazusamo

U.S. Constitution & Declaration of Independence

Pocket Edition Download:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_documents&docid=f:sd004.111.pdf


29 posted on 12/24/2010 3:51:52 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: jazusamo

Copies of the original images of the U.S. Constitution:

http://archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html


30 posted on 12/24/2010 3:59:55 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: jazusamo

High Resolution images of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence:

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/charters_downloads.html


31 posted on 12/24/2010 4:02:09 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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