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1 PhillyPretzel  Fri, Jan 7, 2011 9:42:43am

"...a little creepy..." It is more than that. It is very scary that those who say they want to use the original intent are changing it to suit their needs and wants.

2 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Fri, Jan 7, 2011 2:23:35pm

Agreed. And his little jab at the Ace of Morons is priceless.

3 moderatelyradicalliberal  Fri, Jan 7, 2011 5:05:52pm

I figure they just couldn't find anybody who was willing to read that part.

4  Fri, Jan 7, 2011 5:21:15pm

re: #2 Sergey Romanov

Agreed. And his little jab at the Ace of Morons is priceless.

It was, wasn't it?

5 (I Stand By What I Said Whatever It Was)  Sat, Jan 8, 2011 1:04:07am

I liked a recent piece on Slate on this:

There is only one official, canonical version of the Constitution—and most of the folks who read today, Republicans and Democrats alike, have a copy in their offices, if not their breast pockets. The suggestion that there is some other, agreed-upon, document, whose "portions [were] superseded by amendment" is simply untrue. As CBS News Capitol Hill Correspondent Bob Fuss pointed out, the "redacted" version as read this morning had no coherent logic. They skipped over the three-fifths compromise but included the constitutional clause referring to the preservation of voting rights only for males over the age of 21—a provision superseded by the 26th Amendment. They skipped the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) then read the 21st (repealing Prohibition). Andrea Stone at AOL News picked up on the fact that they "read 14 words from Article I, Section 9 about taxation. Under a strict reading of the ground rules, though, it likely should have been excised because of the later passage of the 16th Amendment that legalized the federal income tax."

In other words, in addition to taking it upon themselves to whitewash past constitutional errors, House Republicans today compounded the sin by inventing a choose-your-own-ending document they tried to pass off as official.

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