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of the Constitution dealing with slavery?

The House began its ceremonial reading of the U.S. Constitution on Thursday morning - after a brief debate about exactly which parts of the historic document they would be reading.

Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte (R-Va.), who was running the procedure, said lawmakers would read a Constitution that had been edited to remove sections negated by later amendments.

Those changes likely mean that legislators would not read the original language from Article One that tacitly acknowledged slavery. Read the full story.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  January 6, 2011; 12:20 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The complete Constitution demonstrates that our laws are the result of an imperfect process by imperfect people. Those who would enshrine the "original construction" of the Constitution as holy writ should take notice.

Posted by: egc52556 | January 6, 2011 1:57 PM

The Republicans want it both ways: they want to go back to a time before all those pesky amendments, when women and colored folks knew their place, but God forbid they remind the public of that. How embarrassing.

Posted by: csdiego | January 6, 2011 2:09 PM

Republicans insist on doing something that is really silly/symbolic/stupid but they can't even do that right. Did they really think Democrats and/or blacks would just sit back and let them read a Constitution they had made up? Give me a break.

Either read the Constitution as written or stop trying to play us for fools.

Posted by: rlj1 | January 6, 2011 2:22 PM

To read the constitution as "revised" is to revise history. Reading the document as written, followed by the amendments, illustrates both our shortcomings and the "better angles of our nature."

Posted by: docmaxx | January 6, 2011 2:52 PM

These are the guys who say the American people know best how to spend their own money, not the government. We pay these guys around $80 per hour, and how do they spend their time? They read the constitution out loud? Dock them all 3 hours pay!!!

Posted by: spin11 | January 6, 2011 2:52 PM

The GOP attempting to sanitize the U.S. Constitution. This is a nation brought together in an imperfect union. Many of the signers of this Constitution OWNED slaves. It is an ingrained part of this nation that should NEVER, EVER be forgotten, NEVER, EVER be omitted from the reading of the document. The Constitution, in its entirety, paints a picture of the evolution of this nation.

This reading was offensive.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | January 6, 2011 2:53 PM

As public officials (ENEMIES) they should KNOW BETTER!! the should know the Constitution , by MEMORY, they don't have anything better to DO!! Don THEY? people don't want them, give lessons to others, they have to know BETTER! they are there to , BETTER GOBERMENT, not to give LESSONS to the rest of US, GET TO WORK!! THAT Should be a good lesson, don't do a CIRCUS!! OUT THERE!!

Posted by: rleb2002 | January 6, 2011 3:02 PM

As public officials (ENEMIES) they should KNOW BETTER!! the should know the Constitution , by MEMORY, they don't have anything better to DO!! Don THEY? people don't want them, give lessons to others, they have to know BETTER! they are there to , BETTER GOBERMENT, not to give LESSONS to the rest of US, GET TO WORK!! THAT Should be a good lesson, don't do a CIRCUS!! OUT THERE!!

Posted by: rleb2002 | January 6, 2011 3:04 PM

Cowards. Good start.

Posted by: TomR3 | January 6, 2011 3:05 PM

Shame on the Republicans for leaving out the parts of the Constitution they are "ashamed" of. We treat the founding fathers as if they are saints and the words of the Constitution as if they came from a divine creator. So leaving out the "ugly" parts of that creation means a recognition that our founding document was indeed flawed and did not and may not even today reflect the changing attitudes of our modern society.

Posted by: shatom | January 6, 2011 3:09 PM

The are making a CIRCUS!!! out of CONGRESS, the salaries they have, are costing US TAXPAYERS!! they shout out-laud they care about our TAXES they are showing the contrary!! SPEEDING, and wasting PRECIOUS TIME , we ALL, WORKERS in AMERICA. don't have the LUXURY TO WASTE AS THEY DO!!! WITH OUR MONEYS, as they are doing, They should know, we like to PAY TAXES, but for our NATION BENEFIT, NOT to pay , CLOWNS,

Posted by: rleb2002 | January 6, 2011 3:18 PM

The are making a CIRCUS!!! out of CONGRESS, the salaries they have, are costing US TAXPAYERS!! they shout out-laud they care about our TAXES they are showing the contrary!! SPEEDING, and wasting PRECIOUS TIME , we ALL, WORKERS in AMERICA. don't have the LUXURY TO WASTE AS THEY DO!!! WITH OUR MONEYS, as they are doing, They should know, we like to PAY TAXES, but for our NATION BENEFIT, NOT to pay , CLOWNS,

Posted by: rleb2002 | January 6, 2011 3:19 PM

As public officials (ENEMIES) they should KNOW BETTER!! the should know the Constitution , by MEMORY, they don't have anything better to DO!! Don THEY? people don't want them, give lessons to others, they have to know BETTER! they are there to , BETTER GOBERMENT, not to give LESSONS to the rest of US, GET TO WORK!! THAT Should be a good lesson, don't do a CIRCUS!! OUT THERE!!

The are making a CIRCUS!!! out of CONGRESS, the salaries they have, are costing US TAXPAYERS!! they shout out-laud they care about our TAXES they are showing the contrary!! SPEEDING, and wasting PRECIOUS TIME , we ALL, WORKERS in AMERICA. don't have the LUXURY TO WASTE AS THEY DO!!! WITH OUR MONEYS, as they are doing, They should know, we like to PAY TAXES, but for our NATION BENEFIT, NOT to pay , CLOWNS,

Posted by: rleb2002 | January 6, 2011 3:20 PM

This is like when the little children don't do their HOMEWORK, and the teacher makes them read it out loud in class as their punishment. ONLY THIS TIME IT IS OUR PUNISHMENT. I asked my congresswoman to please stay in her office and do real work.

Posted by: lcd1 | January 6, 2011 3:26 PM

It is a disconcerting obscenity that the GOP- with their "openness"- would choose to "edit" the Constitution. It's interpretation is left to the courts. Political hubris. That these "officials" would feel free to play loose with that nearly sacred document shows the unlimited arrogance of these people. What's next, a "tea party" version that only includes what they want? It follows with the attempts to eliminate "slavery" and treason when celebrating the start of the Civil War. Also, forget not the right-wing success in editing Texas' TEXTBOOKS to sanitize the same, as well as write out Thomas Jefferson. ENOUGH! Those who truly love and support the Constitution, of any party, should have walked out. Shame! The rest of us are on notice.

Posted by: ihateliars | January 6, 2011 4:27 PM

Why read irrelevant things? The idea of reading the Constitution was to remind members of what they are bound by. Reading things that have been amended and that they the members are not bound to would be a waste of time. Yes slavery was ugly and yes it no longer exists in this country. This wasn't a history lesson it was a reading to remind members that they have sworn to uphold and are bound by the Constitution as it exists today not yesterday!

Posted by: becca1234 | January 6, 2011 4:52 PM

This ridiculous fetishistic ritual will help to make the US the laughingstock of the civilized world - if it isn't that already.

Posted by: honyakusha | January 6, 2011 5:04 PM

The stated concerns in these posts about "sanitizing," or "politically correcting," the Constitution are substantive. What is largely ignored, though, is that the reading itself was so purely an exercise in political theater, that most of the audience walked out before the play was over. It appears, therefore, that the play itself was not taken seriously by the authors & producers.

Tomorrow? Business as usual.

Posted by: olroy | January 6, 2011 6:14 PM

You know, they should have read the 3/5 clause, because not only is it an important part of our history, but it actually was for the good of the abolition of slavery. You see, if the Southern states were allowed to count each slave as a whole person, they would have easily outnumbered the North, and it would have been very possible that we would have slavery today. Think about it.

And that's really SAD that there were only a few left at the end. I know I would have stayed...

Posted by: hcj96 | January 6, 2011 7:17 PM

This reading was NOT a waste of time. Anyone who thinks it was needs to go home. The only bad part about it is that parts were edited out.

Posted by: hcj96 | January 6, 2011 7:20 PM

And if the Republicans did read the entire Constitution as originally written, then the Democrats/Left would have accused them of wanting to bring back those portions that would have condoned slavery. It was a no win situation for the incoming party.

One just needs to read the responses to this article to understand the Lefts mind-set.

Posted by: flcrackers | January 8, 2011 8:57 AM

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