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'We the people' to open next Congress
http://www.washingtontimes.com ^ | 12/24/2010 | Stephen Dinan

Posted on 12/25/2010 6:23:09 AM PST by fuzzybutt

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."

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: congress; constitution; people
Lets hope this is the beginning of a real move to action and not just more style over substance.
1 posted on 12/25/2010 6:23:11 AM PST by fuzzybutt
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To: fuzzybutt
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.

Repeal ObamaKare and defund all the Czars...for starters.

2 posted on 12/25/2010 6:27:53 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: fuzzybutt

WE THE PEOPLE WILL take back our government, one way or another.


3 posted on 12/25/2010 6:28:36 AM PST by thethirddegree
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To: fuzzybutt

What part of the United States Constitution empowers the Congress to pay people not to work?

What part the Constitution empowers the Congress to ally with the EPA and leftist organizations in an overt attack against the oil inustry and it’s product?

I have my copy of the Constitution right here, tell me where to look.


4 posted on 12/25/2010 6:30:28 AM PST by reaganator
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To: fuzzybutt

Life, liberty and the pursuit and destruction of totalitarians.


5 posted on 12/25/2010 6:33:54 AM PST by PGalt
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To: reaganator
I think we should read the ‘Declaration of Independence’ to them before they start.

Just as a reminder of what happens when a government becomes unresponsive.

6 posted on 12/25/2010 6:34:12 AM PST by maine yankee
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To: reaganator

I used to carry my pocket Constitution in the car at all times but now,

I have a Droid phone and there are several Apps that contain every word. Now I can poke my phone a few times and it is at my beck & call.


7 posted on 12/25/2010 6:35:23 AM PST by fuzzybutt (Democrat Lawyers are the root of all evil.)
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To: fuzzybutt

The communists are not going to like it.


8 posted on 12/25/2010 6:46:46 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Americanism vs Communism)
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To: fuzzybutt

Cool. So they’ll know exactly the rules they’re not following. Again.


9 posted on 12/25/2010 6:47:39 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: screaminsunshine

The RATs won´t even show up.


10 posted on 12/25/2010 6:49:46 AM PST by onedoug
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To: fuzzybutt

RE: 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.


Talk talk talk, style, style style, symbol, symbol....

You want me to believe them ? Let’s see them in action and then we’ll be the judge of what they do, but not until.


11 posted on 12/25/2010 6:50:42 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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They will probably have to send out a release form to their parents that they are OK with the reading of the constitution to their congressmen children.


12 posted on 12/25/2010 6:53:29 AM PST by NOBO2
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To: SeekAndFind
Talk talk talk, style, style style, symbol, symbol....

You want me to believe them ? Let’s see them in action and then we’ll be the judge of what they do, but not until.

You sure have that correct! I was just going to post the same thought.

The Pubbies at the top are still liberal and not conservative by any means. They are doing this to get us to back off and ignore what they will be, or not be, doing this session.

I doubt they will press to repeal Obamacare nor any other myriad bills that were passed in the past two years that will help destroy our country.

The repubs in charge want Socialism or Communism. They think they are special and that we need to be put in our place.

13 posted on 12/25/2010 6:57:11 AM PST by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: fuzzybutt

Bump


14 posted on 12/25/2010 6:59:19 AM PST by tutstar
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To: fuzzybutt
What do you want to bet that the democrats will not attend? They have contempt for the constitution, even though few if any know what is in it.
15 posted on 12/25/2010 7:07:55 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: fuzzybutt
Given the performance of that SAS whip Eric “I supported Tarp” Cantor in the lame duck I would bet on the style over substance only.
16 posted on 12/25/2010 7:07:58 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: fuzzybutt; All

Thanks to every cynical, ticked-off, patriotic poster.

Words AND deeds BUMP!


17 posted on 12/25/2010 7:08:45 AM PST by PGalt
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To: fuzzybutt

I’m almost dreading the moment when pelousi hands over the gavel to Boehner, this will be the moment he should show strength and determination and not bust out bawling.


18 posted on 12/25/2010 7:10:02 AM PST by RetSignman ("It's about saving our Republic, STUPID")
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To: thethirddegree

They, the Government, had better remember the cause for the 1st revolution. From soap box to ballot box to cartridge box.


19 posted on 12/25/2010 7:16:39 AM PST by DownInFlames
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To: Wolfie
Several years ago the entire text of Washington's Farewell Address was read aloud in the Senate......by Sen. Robert Byrd.

I find this part of the Address ironic, as it identifies our current president:

I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.

This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

Over the last few sessions of congress a law has been proposed that would require citing a power within the Constitution that supports the proposal. It has never passed.

My hopes are high, but the reading of the Constitution may be nothing more than showboating.

20 posted on 12/25/2010 7:19:23 AM PST by Loud Mime (Study the Constitution, while we still have it)
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To: fuzzybutt

“....and to TRY to bring some of those principles back into everyday legislating.”
She seeds of failure are sown. To quote Yoda: “Try not. Do or do not”


21 posted on 12/25/2010 7:26:44 AM PST by STYRO (Barack Obama is a Muslim terrorist.)
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To: STYRO

duh....make that ‘The seeds” please. Merry Christmas!


22 posted on 12/25/2010 7:29:57 AM PST by STYRO (Barack Obama is a Muslim terrorist.)
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To: screaminsunshine

The Commies are not going to like a lot of stuff thats going ot happen after Jan 5th. Payback is a beach.


23 posted on 12/25/2010 7:30:26 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: fuzzybutt
...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.

Will the DemocRats screech, like vampire in the morning light?

24 posted on 12/25/2010 7:35:44 AM PST by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: fuzzybutt

Anyone who buys this load of bs is an idiot at best. All one needs to do is look at the recent tax spending bill that was started I the senate and not in the house as required in the constitution. Yes, many republicans in both houses voted for the bill even though it is unconstitutional.

But hey, they will start next year to follow the constitution.

Sorry sell crazy somewhere else, we’re all loaded up here.


25 posted on 12/25/2010 7:50:53 AM PST by stockpirate (Sen. Mitch McConnel (R) has betrayed the Nov. 2, 2010 voters w/his tax bill!)
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To: maine yankee

6. “I think we should read the ‘Declaration of Independence’ to them before they start.”


I will second that !
Hip Hip Horray!!!!!

And
“Just as a reminder of what happens when a government becomes unresponsive”

should be:
“Just as a reminder of what happens when a government becomes OPPRESSIVE AND unresponsive”


26 posted on 12/25/2010 8:05:34 AM PST by XBob (Jail the employers of the INVADERS !!)
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To: maine yankee

6. “I think we should read the ‘Declaration of Independence’ to them before they start.”


I will second that !
Hip Hip Horray!!!!!

And
“Just as a reminder of what happens when a government becomes unresponsive”

should be:
“Just as a reminder of what happens when a government becomes OPPRESSIVE AND unresponsive”


27 posted on 12/25/2010 8:05:46 AM PST by XBob (Jail the employers of the INVADERS !!)
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To: fuzzybutt

I think we need a Tea Party on the lawn that day to greet these servants of ours.


28 posted on 12/25/2010 8:09:07 AM PST by OwenKellogg (We need a Tea Party to welcome the new congress and remind them how they got there.)
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To: fuzzybutt

Thanks for the reminder that you can get the U S Constitution as app on my Droid. It would be nice to have one that reads to you like a Bible app that I have. I am sure one will come out soon enough.


29 posted on 12/25/2010 8:30:10 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Where is our military?)
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To: fuzzybutt; All

fuzzy and all...more buzz...here...

http://weaselzippers.us/2010/12/24/nice-house-republicans-will-open-congress-with-full-reading-of-u-s-constitution/


30 posted on 12/25/2010 9:01:29 AM PST by PGalt
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To: fuzzybutt

The GOP had better act accordingly, if they think the rats were treated bad just wait!


31 posted on 12/25/2010 9:10:37 AM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: stockpirate
... look at the recent tax spending bill that was started I the senate and not in the house as required in the constitution.

A year or two ago, a similar situation arose where a spending bill appeared to originate in the Senate in violation of the Constitution.

At that time, I remember hearing an explanation of how that can be done and still be technically within the constraints of the Constitution even though you or I would consider it to be an end run around the Constitution.

Spending bills for all sorts of things originate in the House and are given a number (HR #XXX) and sent to the Senate for consideration. The Senate can agree to the bill and it will become law or the Senate may tweak the spending proposal and then the bill may end up in Conference to iron out the differences and then it becomes law.

So if the Senate wants to offer a spending bill and time is of the essence, the Senate simply takes and already existing spending bill (with its HR #XXX), for say a rural electrification project, and guts it of its provisions and fills that bill back up with new amendments pertaining to whatever spending that is emergent. The bill ( HR #XXX ) is voted on by the Senate and sent to the House.

So the spending provisions in the bill were clearly generated in the Senate but the Senate simply attached them to some other spending bill that had previously originated in the House. End run around the Constitution complete.

I heard that explanation given on TV sometime within the past two years, so someone please correct my recollection if it is factually incorrect.

32 posted on 12/25/2010 9:48:16 AM PST by JohnG45
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To: SeekAndFind

They have to start somewhere. What better place than at the door of what you seek. Once the door is opened then Reagan’s famous edict “Trust but verify” comes into play.


33 posted on 12/25/2010 11:06:03 AM PST by noinfringers2
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