Obama, Democrats Want the Constitution Out of Congress

Obama, Democrats Want the Constitution Out of

January 14th, 2011

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

Opening the 112th Congress by having a succession of
representatives read the Constitution aloud on the floor of the House was a
worthwhile exercise, despite heated criticism to the contrary.
If nothing else, it showed how little respect many members of Congress have
for the supreme law of our republic. Fewer than half the members even bothered
to be present during the reading.
Some members groused about what a waste of time it was, sniffing that it was
cheap grandstanding. Perhaps it was. We won’t know until we’ve had time to see
whether Republicans actually uphold the Constitution with their votes.
Nonetheless, the most bizarre criticism was that of Rep. Jerrold Nadler,
D-NY, who denounced the reading of the Constitution as “propaganda.”
The most comical (tragi-comical?) protest came from Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA),
who tried to delay the reading on the grounds that Congress hadn’t had 72 hours to review the
document in question
. Seriously. This was hypocritical,
since Democrats routinely ignored the 72-hour provision during the last two
years (e.g., the non-stimulus and Obamacare). It was also ludicrous, since one
would have assumed that all members of Congress are familiar with the
Constitution, since they have solemnly sworn to uphold it.
The resistance by Nadler and Inslee to reading the Constitution was not an
aberration, but indicative of the deeply entrenched disdain that many
progressives have for it, even as they publicly proclaim their admiration.
President Obama has long


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