Reading of the US Constitution

The US House of Representatives Reads the Constitution

Today on the floor of the House of Representatives, the Constitution was read aloud…for the first time ever. Now, depending on where you go for your news (MSNBC or FOX News, etc.) you will hear that it is either a landmark event or a ridiculous political stunt.

Count me with those who think it is a big deal and absolutely the right thing to do.

The Constitution of the United States provides the framework for our national system of governance and our entire way of life, it’s significance cannot be overstated in my mind. Not only is it a good idea to read this document, I would support this becoming a regular habit (maybe not reading it aloud…) and would encourage many in Congress, for whom this was probably their FIRST TIME reading the document, to begin doing so on a regular basis.

By reading this document on the floor of the House, Speaker Boehner is sending a message to the American people that he plans on returning to our roots and getting government back in line. I personally carry a pocket-sized version of the Constitution in my purse at all times (I recognize this is not normal) and would love to see members of the House of Reps recognize their power and its limitations as laid out in Article I Section II.

I would like to leave you with two quotes: “The Declaration of Independence was the promise; the Constitution was the fulfillment” –Anonymous

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.” –Alexander Hamilton

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