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Letters to the Editor

Boehner do-over

January 14, 2011

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To the editor:

Time for a do-over. What a great way to start a legislative session: by reading the U.S. Constitution to all members of the legislature. However, it came off as symbolic rather than substantive.

Speaker Boehner should tell all members that the reading of the Constitution is so important that their attendance for the entire reading is required. Speaker Boehner should tell the members of the “people’s house” that the reading is so important that every member, himself included, will listen to the entire reading and that the reading will include the original text and all amendments.

Speaker Boehner should be allowed the opportunity for a do-over. And if the reading of the Constitution is not important enough for this type of do-over, then tell us that the original reading was simply symbolic and that the rest of the legislative session is based on symbolism rather than substance.

Speaker Boehner, it’s your call. Please, please take advantage of a do-over.

Comments

JustNoticed 4 years ago

As Bush II said, "the constitution is just a piece of paper". That was just before he wiped his ass with it.

on Boehner, check this out by Matt Taibbi: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/matt-taibbi-the-crying-shame-of-john-boehner-20110105

JustNoticed 4 years ago

Yes, it matters to me that it is PROBABLY not true. Thank you very much. I should have been more suspicious. I mean, just because it has such a ring of truth about it and the fool behaved that way doesn't mean he said it.

JustNoticed 4 years ago

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Kirk Larson 4 years ago

OK, here goes: "The original reading was simply symbolic and the rest of the legislative session will be based on symbolism rather than substance." Satisfied?

parrothead8 4 years ago

Every member of Congress should have gone to school, where they teach the Constitution. Many members of Congress went to law school, where they teach semester-long courses on nothing but the Constitution.

And they want to start a legislative session by reading the whole thing? Seriously, quit wasting our time and get to work.

Scott Drummond 4 years ago

If you have no plan of your own, you need to engage in such distracting spectacles.

Liberty275 4 years ago

I think a better idea would be to sequester every elected official from any possible distraction with only a copy of the amended constitution, a copy of his/her oath and a dictionary from the date they are elected until they are sworn into office.

Pitt_Mackeson 4 years ago

yea it's darty. Boehner hehe get it? Boner? hehehehe

Mike Ford 4 years ago

article one, section eight, part three, the commerce clause that states that the Congress has the plenary power to regulate the commerce between the foreign nations, the several states, and the Indian tribes. Tribes and states are dependant sovereigns upon the federal government for protection. Tell the state's rights AG clowns suing against health care that they are dependant sovereigns of the federal government. Ever heard of the supremacy clause or plenary power GOP AG clowns? Derek Schmidt hasn't. typical dumblicans.

jafs 4 years ago

The question is whether the requirement for individuals to buy health insurance is a valid use of the interstate commerce clause.

I'd say it's not, as people aren't buying health insurance across state lines, so there is no interstate commerce involved.

Liberty275 4 years ago

We'll remember that next time someone complains about the treatment native Americans suffered at the hands of the federal government.

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