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That Reading Of The Constitution



Good times during the reading of the U.S. Constitution in the House of Representatives.

A couple of quick observations regarding the public reading of our founding document:

1) If this stunt (and make no mistake -- it was a stunt) works and more Americans pay attention to politics and American history, I'm all for it. That would be great. Of course, Congress has to compete with "Dancing With The Stars"...

2) I disagree with the reading of the "amended version" of the Constitution, as amendments are not deletions. Rather, Constitutional amendments are representative of the growth of our nation, from "birth" to the present. If Congress really wanted to present an accurate portrayal of our government's history, inclusion of amendments to this great document would be paramount. Not reading, say, Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution, is skipping a sad, but crucial part of American history. Technically, the Civil Rights movement started there.

3) Sadly, the only real headlines that this event has seemed to grabb are the plethora of stories about the Birther who yelled out during the reading of Article 2, Section I:



Classy. And this is what people will be are talking about now.

See? --> Boehner reacts to birther outburst

Ugh.

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Photo: Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., holds a copy of the U.S. Constitution during his mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)