Yesterday morning (Jan. 6th, as of this writing), something
unprecidented happened in the hallowed halls of the House of
Representatives. The elected representatives, all of them, a piece at
a time, read from beginning to end the Constitution of the United
States of America. We all know, of course, that this is a symbolic
gesture pushed by the new GOP majority in order to tell the people who
voted them in that they intended to do things right and actually
listen to and stand by the document our Founders gave us 223 years
ago. I, and I'm sure many others, however, will be watching these new
congressmen and women like hawks in order to make sure they hold their
own against the coming onslaught of ridicule and slander that the
liberal left will send their way (in some cases, they already have).
My astonishment isn't only with the idea that this congress might
actually keep its word after the last two failed miserably to do so,
but at the level of vitriol and ridicule being received just for the
idea of reading one of our founding documents. Such things in general
are to be expected from the other side, of course. Joy Behar calling
Sharon Angle a "bitch" for one, and even John Boehner's nickname given
to him by the media, the "Weeper of the House." That type of talk was
more than a little expected by me, and by many others. What I
personally did NOT expect to hear from these liberal talking heads,
however, was open contempt and hatred for the very document that the
representatives we elect are sworn to protect and defend.
Joy Behar, to bring us back to the redheaded dragon lady, actually
asked this loony question: "Don't you think this Constitution loving
is getting out of hand?" What? Does she even realize that that very
document is what reafffirms her freedom to slander it and those who
praise it incessantly? I doubt it.
One representative, Jerold Nadler, mocked the reading as nothing more
than "propaganda" and complained that the GOP was "reading it (the
Constitution) like it's a sacred text." Well in a way, isn't it? It is
the document that garauntees our freedom of speech, right to bear
arms, and protection against illegal searches and seizures. Shouldn't
we hold some reverence and respect for this document, as well as the
people who wrote it? Not according to him, apparently.
Ezra Klein, a man four years my junior and a few hundred brain cells
short of normal intelligence, said the Constitution was "confusing"
because it was "over a hundred years old" and thus "had no binding
power on anything." That statement basically calls into question the
very existence of the United States itself, given that without the
Constitution and Declaration of Independence (in my opinion the latter
moreso than the former) then there wouldn't BE a United States of
America at all, and the mouthpiece known as Ezra Klein would have no
forum to speak his mind if the wrong chucklehead was in power at the
time. He also, in the same breath as the above comments, called the
reading itself a "gimmick".
Now, I honestly don't know if the reading will have stuck a few months
into the new Congress. No one knows what they're going to do in the
future. We can only speculate. I am hopeful, however, as this reading
and the upcoming vote to repeal Obama's Deathcare bill next week are
signs that the new GOP is listening, something that the former
Democratic Supermajority never did. Call me an idealist, but as Ronald
Reagan said in his first inaugural address, I believe that "it is
morning again in America," and the future, should this trend continue,
is very bright indeed.