What a GOP-Managed Reading of the Constitution Looks Like

Bob Goodlatte is the guy the GOP put in charge of today’s reading of the Constitution. He apparently chose to read the 10th Amendment–the foundation of state’s rights–himself. The 10th Amendment is supposed to read:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Only here’s what Goodlatte’s 10th Amendment looks like:

Amendment 10: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the people respectively–are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

So much for state’s rights!

  1. BoxTurtle says:

    I wanna know how they handled the “well regulated militia” part of the 2nd.

    Boxturtle (Whomever had to read the 2nd had probably never seen that part before)

    • coach777b says:

      The purpose of this stunt was to test-‘drive the way they want it to be read, not the way it was written..if the misreadings caused little or no backlash, well he’ll, maybe the can change it. Stay tuned!

  2. alan1tx says:

    It seems to slant both ways.

    Inslee (D), instead of saying that Congress hasn’t debated the terms of the reading, instead seemed to clumsily claim that the members of the House haven’t had time to review the Constitution.

    • Twain says:

      May heaven deliver us from these idiots. They have to review the Constitution? I carry a copy in my purse – just in case in run into a wingnut.

  3. cwnidog says:

    It’s one thing to read it, quite another to understand it, and yet a third thing to actually follow it.

  4. runfastandwin says:

    Just when you thought things could not be any sillier. I don’t understand why any Democrat would go along with any of this, but I read somewhere they were taking turns?

    • Twain says:

      Even Nancy. It’s disgusting what the Dems will do to please Republicans. How dare they read a document they have trashed!

  5. canadianbeaver says:

    ??? They were elected, and the only thing they can think of doing with the economy in the crappy, is showing yet more kabuki crap theater? What the hell is wrong with these people? Honestly, does mental illness affect rich people more than the poor? Does being elected to umpteen terms in D.C. make one mentally ill? Surely there has to be something more urgent for these overpaid, underworked, elite class assclowns to be doing. Sigh. End of rant.

  6. angryspittle says:

    Oh Jesus, these idiots can’t even read. But I guess we knew that already. They certainly don’t understand what they read.

  7. DonS says:

    Bob Goodlatte, Viginia 5th. Elected to 6th term after pledging to retire after 5 terms. He’s there for life. Good ol boy. Get’s his health insurance from “the people”, doncha know.

  8. TheDancingKid says:

    I hope they didn’t leave out the presidential oath of office. It’s says, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will …”

    What this means is that a person taking the presidential oath of office is not required to swear before God, but, instead, may affirm under penalty of perjury, which, in that case at least, would make the oath a purely secular one.

    So in taking the oath of office, a nonbeliever would have no problem because they would not be required to swear before God.

  9. workingclass says:

    Goodlatte misread and then corrected himself. It could happen to a Democrat.

    I am very happy that the constitution is being read in the Peoples House. It can’t hurt anything and it might be the beginning of the return of the rule of law. I am surprised by comments indicating disdain for the constitution. I guess even our constitution sux if read by a Republican.

    • Wonderdog says:

      Yeah, it was just a minor stumble. Still, there’s something symbolic about it. I haven’t seen anyone here showing disdain for the constitution but, rather, for using it as a political ploy. Its a sad thing – kind of like when people have a knee-jerk negative reaction to the Bible because its been used/abused the same way. Or to words like patriot, family, etc.

      If I was a cynic (which I am) I’d think it was for the sole opportunity of getting the video for later creative remixing by Fox and such. Next step: get them all to pose in front of a green screen for later use (Orange Man in a soup kitchen, with a bunch of minority folks, etc).

  10. readerOfTeaLeaves says:

    Oh, gawd…
    slams head on keyboard.

    There’s a lot in coming months that I’m just not going to watch; I can’t stand it. Readings of the Constitution — by people who exhibit zero historical sensibility — are at the top of my ‘refuse to watch’ list.

    Thank God for George Clooney, documentaries, American musicals (1940s – 1960s), and a lot of other good pick-me-up-let-me-forget-the-current-insanity flicks.

    I predict in coming months: good for GOP short term, deadly long term.
    I think that I need to go see whether there are any Netflix shares I can pick up for cheap; I’m thinking it might be a good time to buy some.

    I’ll skip the GOP and just go for real Americana: State Fair, Oklahoma, Casablanca…

    More ‘lemonade’ please… ;-)