View Poll Results: Should politicians be forced to recite the constitution?

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    Re: Should politicians be forced to recite the constitution?

    The problem isn't people knowing the words and being able to spew them on demand. The problem is people actually understanding where they come from and what they mean. Oh, and remembering there's a whole document and all those amendments there - not just the pieces they like best.
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    Re: Should politicians be forced to recite the constitution?

    Quote Originally Posted by MSgt View Post
    In other words, the one you hate the least.
    Pretty much.

    If Main Street is really pissed at the government, then maybe we need more everyday citizens stepping into the ring.

    Just saying.
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    Re: Should politicians be forced to recite the constitution?

    Quote Originally Posted by goldcatt View Post
    The problem isn't people knowing the words and being able to spew them on demand. The problem is people actually understanding where they come from and what they mean.
    Not just that. We also need to stop treating the Constitution like it's some kind of sacred scripture.


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    Directing your attention to Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3.
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    Re: Should politicians be forced to recite the constitution?

    No, it would be a completely pointless exercise. Memorizing and reciting the constitution would not prove that the politician in question understood it, or agreed with a particular interpretation of it, or even believed in it.
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    Re: Should politicians be forced to recite the constitution?

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    Not just that. We also need to stop treating the Constitution like it's some kind of sacred scripture.
    Agreed. It's the framework, not the finished product.

    And one more thing to remember is it has to be read so it all works together in the real world. It's not a collection of individual words to be worshipped, its only purpose is to set up a functional system of governance. It leaves plenty of room for disagreement and policy choices, it was in fact specifically designed that way.
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    Re: Should politicians be forced to recite the constitution?

    YES, POLITICANS should be required to recite the Constitution, 10 times a day, Morning, Noon, and Night, But most of us know Action speaks louder than words..
    No matter what they recite, some of them will still find a way to cheat the system, the taxs payers and the voters out of their Constitutional Right.

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    Re: Should politicians be forced to recite the constitution?

    No, but all so-called patriots patrolling the borders should absolutely be required to recite it.

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    Re: Should politicians be forced to recite the constitution?

    Quote Originally Posted by Minnie T. Mouse View Post
    YES, POLITICANS should be required to recite the Constitution, 10 times a day, Morning, Noon, and Night, But most of us know Action speaks louder than words..
    No matter what they recite, some of them will still find a way to cheat the system, the taxs payers and the voters out of their Constitutional Right.
    Wow, that's pretty hard-core, even Muslims only have to pray 5 times a day.

    Should we make them face towards the Constitutional exhibit? How about prayer rugs, what should those be made out of?

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    Re: Should politicians be forced to recite the constitution?

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    Wow, that's pretty hard-core, even Muslims only have to pray 5 times a day.

    Should we make them face towards the Constitutional exhibit? How about prayer rugs, what should those be made out of?

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    Re: Should politicians be forced to recite the constitution?

    There is no Constitution but the Constitution of the United States of America, and Thomas Jefferson is its prophet.

    ETA: Praise be upon him.
    Last edited by TacticalEvilDan; 07-03-10 at 05:43 PM.
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