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Two new rules will give Constitution a starring role in GOP-controlled House (never done before)
Washington Post ^ | 12/29/10 | Philip Rucker and Krissah Thompson

Posted on 12/29/2010 2:44:05 PM PST by Libloather

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Another new idea.
1 posted on 12/29/2010 2:44:11 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Sounds good.


2 posted on 12/29/2010 2:46:04 PM PST by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: Libloather

Novel, even!!


3 posted on 12/29/2010 2:46:38 PM PST by Peanut Gallery
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To: Libloather
And then they will require that every new bill contain a statement by the legislator who wrote it citing the constitutional authority to enact the proposed law.

LOL, this would have been a good Idea before the Civil War. Now?

Authorization for Bill 1X: 14th Amendment.

Authorization for Bill 2X: 14th Amendment.

Authorization for Bill 3X: 14th Amendment.

Authorization for Bill 4X: 14th Amendment.

Authorization for Bill 5X: 14th Amendment.

Authorization for Bill 6X: 14th Amendment.

...

Although this will draw attention to That Which Shall Not Be Noticed.

So that's good.

4 posted on 12/29/2010 2:48:09 PM PST by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on its own.)
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To: Libloather

Make voting on any bill only for those critters who can pass the “Understanding the Constitution Test”.


5 posted on 12/29/2010 2:49:15 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Libloather

A worthy idea. Lets hope and pray that they follow through.


6 posted on 12/29/2010 2:50:08 PM PST by vpintheak (Democrats: Robbing humans of their dignity 1 law at a time)
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To: Libloather

Super thumbs up!!


7 posted on 12/29/2010 2:50:15 PM PST by swatbuznik
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To: Libloather

Great beginning, however, I will keep my excitement in check until I see that only laws that pass Constitutional muster, are passes.

I will really get excited when current laws are checked for Constitutionality, and repealed if they don’t.


8 posted on 12/29/2010 2:50:50 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Libloather

The Constitutional Authority that will be cited in the vast majority of the Bills will be the “Commerce Clause”, which provides the justification for everything from condoms to toilet paper.....


9 posted on 12/29/2010 2:51:17 PM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Libloather

This is grounds for optimism. I’ve been pretty cranky today.


10 posted on 12/29/2010 2:51:27 PM PST by marron
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To: Libloather

It’s a start....got to start some place...and this is a good place...


11 posted on 12/29/2010 2:51:53 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Sergio

passes = passed


12 posted on 12/29/2010 2:51:53 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Libloather
And then they will require that every new bill contain a statement by the legislator who wrote it citing the constitutional authority to enact the proposed law.

Please, may it be so.

13 posted on 12/29/2010 2:52:16 PM PST by Clint Williams (America -- a great idea, didn't last. The only reasonable response to jihad is Crusade.)
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To: Libloather

Finally, someone using their heads. Make waves...do your jobs. Don’t be intimidated.

Also since the left can change the rules in mid stream then the right
can do the same.

It’s our turn.

Take no prisoners.

Let’s Roll!

Step up and you will see the money roll in.


14 posted on 12/29/2010 2:53:00 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: Libloather; Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!; GQuagmire; wintertime; Fred Nerks; null and void; ...
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When Republicans take over next week, they will do something that apparently has never been done before in the 221-year history of the House of Representatives.

They will read the Constitution aloud.

And then they will require that every new bill contain a statement by the legislator who wrote it citing the constitutional authority to enact the proposed law.


15 posted on 12/29/2010 2:54:50 PM PST by LucyT
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To: LucyT

Hurray! Sounds like a great idea!


16 posted on 12/29/2010 2:56:34 PM PST by thecodont
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To: Libloather

Maybe the first bill of each congress should be the constitution. Those that vote NAY or present or are absent are referred to the ethics committee (violation of their oath) for trial and eviction.


17 posted on 12/29/2010 2:56:37 PM PST by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: traditional1

You’re right.

They will read the Constitution aloud. And then promptly ignore it.


18 posted on 12/29/2010 2:56:49 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: LucyT

This is a good move on the part of the Repubs. All debate will be drawn to the Constitutionality of the issue, and the Constitutionality of the resolution of the issue. It’ll be red, white, and blue with stars, and stripes, and NOT RED with sickle and hammer on a one way alley heading for a brick wall with towers.


19 posted on 12/29/2010 3:01:30 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Libloather
They're going to be up against it. What Older Americans Stand to Lose if Health Reform Goes Down

This regular article goes out to thousands of small newspapers throughout the US every week. 'Newspapers?', you say. 'Who reads newspapers anymore?'

The same demographic that votes - Seniors.

In my local paper the headline reads: SENIORS Bipartisan proposals threaten Medicare

We've been at war for a long time. We better win the war for the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans if we want there to be an America.

FReepers need to fire up their email lists and get educating!

20 posted on 12/29/2010 3:01:36 PM PST by 1010RD
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To: Libloather

WOW amazing how this common sense thing that most Americans thought was actually happening, actually wasn’t.... Love it... The USA getting back to basics, cut all that wasteful government and not with a scalpel either Obama’s budget requires a chain saw...


21 posted on 12/29/2010 3:07:51 PM PST by Typical_Whitey ("It doesn't matter how smart you are, unless you stop and think".... Thomas Sowell)
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To: Libloather
The 4,543-word document, including all 27 amendments, could be read aloud in just 30 minutes.

If that's all the time it takes to read our Founding Document aloud, then it ought to be read at the beginning of every session of Congress.

I understand that the Senate hasn't adopted this rule, though they should.

22 posted on 12/29/2010 3:08:48 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Libloather

We should make note of how many liberals are not there or walk out during the reading it will make great campaign commercials.


23 posted on 12/29/2010 3:09:52 PM PST by Typical_Whitey ("It doesn't matter how smart you are, unless you stop and think".... Thomas Sowell)
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To: Libloather
When Republicans take over next week, they will do something that apparently has never been done before.....

They will read the Constitution aloud.

Are we supposed to be impressed?

When do these AHs lower taxes, secure our borders, start jailing thousands of greedy employers that hire millions of illegal aliens, and dramatically reduce the size of this bloated, ever growing corrupt government?

When does that happen??

24 posted on 12/29/2010 3:10:32 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit.)
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To: Talisker

How dare you write about that which should not be noticed, how do you expect the Congress to retain its superior powerful hold on this country if we talk about that which we should not talk about and notice that which should never be noticed.


25 posted on 12/29/2010 3:12:21 PM PST by Typical_Whitey ("It doesn't matter how smart you are, unless you stop and think".... Thomas Sowell)
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To: Libloather

I can’t wait to see Rat bills picked apart over Constitutionality. They won’t know what hit them and they will have no idea how to defend the bills.


26 posted on 12/29/2010 3:22:20 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Libloather

What about the old bills that are unconstitutional and have already done great damage?I say we need to start all over from the ground up all over the country in all governments and undo the FDR mess.


27 posted on 12/29/2010 3:22:36 PM PST by taxtruth (Don't end the fed,jail the fed!)
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To: vpintheak

After new-START passed, I have less and less confidence. I know it was the lame ducks, but still . . .


28 posted on 12/29/2010 3:24:59 PM PST by mykroar (I believe in the simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it.)
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To: Libloather

Will they dare to bring up the subject of term limits?

Only then will I start to believe their sincerity.


29 posted on 12/29/2010 3:25:11 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: Libloather

US Constitution should be a permanent Power Point Presentation looping slide show above and behind the speaker`s rostrum.


30 posted on 12/29/2010 3:25:22 PM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: 50cal Smokepole; AZamericonnie; b4its2late; bitt; blackbart.223; Blood of Tyrants; brothers4thID; ..

Something of interest ping!


31 posted on 12/29/2010 3:26:14 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: Libloather

bttt


32 posted on 12/29/2010 3:26:27 PM PST by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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Oh That is Nice!

Whoever can honestly claim credit for this idea deserves LOTS of campaign funding from the general public.

Oh... and whoever opposes it needs to be thrown out on their ears.


33 posted on 12/29/2010 3:30:11 PM PST by Safrguns
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To: Libloather
I think this is great but......who interprets the Constitution? I can read English but can the liberals? I don't think so.
34 posted on 12/29/2010 3:31:01 PM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: bunkerhill7

You know, that’s a very good idea.


35 posted on 12/29/2010 3:31:24 PM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: 1010RD
This regular article goes out to thousands of small newspapers throughout the US every week. 'Newspapers?', you say. 'Who reads newspapers anymore?' The same demographic that votes - Seniors.

Not necessarily true. I haven't subscribed to or read a newspaper in more than 10 years. They are not even good fishwrap but are good for masking your spray paint jobs.

36 posted on 12/29/2010 3:32:09 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Sergio

One more lefty on the USSC, and the Constitution itself won’t pass muster any longer.


37 posted on 12/29/2010 3:33:14 PM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Sergio

I wonder if they will call out their own negligence when they read section 4.... For proof of their failure to act we only need to look at the conditions in our southern border states, the invasion has been ongoing for years.

“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”


38 posted on 12/29/2010 3:33:27 PM PST by Typical_Whitey ("It doesn't matter how smart you are, unless you stop and think".... Thomas Sowell)
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To: Lazlo in PA
Yes, it will make for great theater. For the first time we may get to view the wild ravings of progressive lunatics defending their social justice, Marxist interpretations.

I hope our guys hit ‘em with quotes and debates from the founding era. Let the rats sputter about a living and breathing document and make fools of themselves.

Conservatives must also be willing to buck Supreme Court rulings, for Scotus has royally botched up the commerce and general welfare clauses.

39 posted on 12/29/2010 3:33:45 PM PST by Jacquerie (What has your government done to you today?)
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To: Libloather
ENUMERATED POWERS - not only brilliant, but constitutionally correct.
40 posted on 12/29/2010 3:36:55 PM PST by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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I’m not that optomistic either. Trust, but verify.


41 posted on 12/29/2010 3:38:28 PM PST by vpintheak (Democrats: Robbing humans of their dignity 1 law at a time)
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To: Windflier
If that's all the time it takes to read our Founding Document aloud, then it ought to be read at the beginning of every session of Congress. I understand that the Senate hasn't adopted this rule, though they should.

Along with a morning roll call and at least two thirds in attendance inside the chamber itself to have a daily session. With no talking or whispering level only during the reading of the Constitution. I'd like to see C-Span cameras panning the chambers at random during this time was well.

42 posted on 12/29/2010 3:43:06 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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Along with a morning roll call and at least two thirds in attendance inside the chamber itself to have a daily session. With no talking or whispering level only during the reading of the Constitution.

If enough of us wish it, so shall it be.

Actually, I don't know whose idea it was to read the Constitution out loud at the commencement of the 112th Congress, but I want to thank them.

I'd really like to see the members debating the constitutionality of every bill and amendment. The people really need their representatives to filter all legislation through the Great Sieve.

43 posted on 12/29/2010 3:48:49 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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“I understand that the Senate hasn’t adopted this rule, though they should.”

If we want to get the Senate straightened out, the first thing we have to do is repeal the Seventeenth Amendment.

Right. Hide in the weeds and wait for THAT to happen.


44 posted on 12/29/2010 3:50:34 PM PST by beelzepug ("Don't be a wise guy, Eddie.")
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To: Libloather

If they use this as a qualification for re-authorizing EPA,DEA,BATF, etc then we’re in business!


45 posted on 12/29/2010 3:51:51 PM PST by ROTB (Sans Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia when we finally revolt.)
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To: Libloather

Fan-freakin’-tastic.


46 posted on 12/29/2010 3:55:14 PM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: frogjerk

I can hear Bawney Fwank now: “Mithta Thpeaka, point of orhduh!”


47 posted on 12/29/2010 3:56:52 PM PST by beelzepug ("Don't be a wise guy, Eddie.")
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If we want to get the Senate straightened out, the first thing we have to do is repeal the Seventeenth Amendment. Right. Hide in the weeds and wait for THAT to happen.

Take heart, friend. This war is just getting started, but we've already taken much ground from the enemy. Keep moving forward, and take no prisoners.

48 posted on 12/29/2010 3:56:53 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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A worthy idea. Lets hope and pray that they follow through.

Don't bet the farm on this heard of low grade morons following through with this promise.

49 posted on 12/29/2010 3:59:18 PM PST by dearolddad
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And then they will require that every new bill contain a statement by the legislator who wrote it citing the constitutional authority to enact the proposed law.

Interesting idea, but I doubt it will cause too many in the House to think twice about introducing their legislation. They will merely continue to stretch the "interstate commerce" clause and the "general welfare" clause, etc., beyond recognition. It may slow down pork and earmarks, however.

Furthermore, there might be a dilemma if new legislation was introduced to repeal previous legislation which the current congressman might regard as unconstitutional, e.g., ObamaCare. What constitutional basis would he cite for repeal?

50 posted on 12/29/2010 3:59:21 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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