The Constitution was read out loud in the well of the House of Representatives today and the liberals were flummoxed! (Thanks to Gary Bauer’s End of Day report of 1/6/11)
The New York Times editorialized unfavorably:
In any case, it is a presumptuous and self-righteous act, suggesting that they alone understand the true meaning of a text that the founders wisely left open to generations of reinterpretation. Certainly the Republican leadership is not trying to suggest that African-Americans still be counted as three-fifths of a person.
Actually the GOP did not read that repealed part of the Original Constitution!
It also meant that legislators would not read the original language from Article 1 that tacitly acknowledged slavery.
That language, called the “three-fifths compromise,” stated that representatives would be parceled out based on a count of all free inhabitants, excluding Indians, and “three-fifths of all other persons.” Those persons were understood to be slaves.
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. of Illinois objected saying that not reading it would ignore the advances of history. I wonder what Rep. Jackson would have said if they had not edited it out. Probably evidence the GOP wants to turn back the clock on civil rights!
Rep. Jerrod Nadler commented, “They’re reading it like a sacred text.” the Constitution is (next to the Bible) the Supreme Law of the Land (look at Article VI) but maybe liberals would rather revere so-called constitutional rights NOT FOUND there such as abortion!
Ezra Klein, a writer for the Washington Post, said on MSNBC that the Constitution is confusing and the reading is a “gimmick”, and it was written more than “100 years ago.” The Constitution dates from 1789, by the way!
Dahlia Lithwick contends that this Constitution business is a “fetish” and compared it to rubbing a Buddha doll to get special help! (I suppose that analogy would not fly if it offended an officially protected group.)
Gary Bauer is right:
The Left’s hostility to the plain language of the Constitution has been obvious for decades. The Constitution serves as a check against liberals’ wild ambitions — and they fear more Americans coming to that understanding. Their hysterical reaction to having this great document read aloud in Congress proved why it needed to be done.
Let’s hope the new Congress holds true to the values of the Constitution! And let’s thank Cong. Ron Paul for bringing about interest in this august document and its meaning!