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

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    Re: Should politicians be forced to recite the constitution?

    No.

    Reasons:

    1. It would waste more time than currently is the case.
    2. It would have no real effect, other than wasting everyone’s time.
    3. It would probably actually cheapen the idea of the constitution, as it would become not the founding document and basis for all law in the USA, but rather simply something repeated countless times every day.
    4. Much better methods for accomplishing the goal this idea was intended to exist.
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    Re: Should politicians be forced to recite the constitution?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    No.

    Reasons:

    1. It would waste more time than currently is the case.
    2. It would have no real effect, other than wasting everyone’s time.
    3. It would probably actually cheapen the idea of the constitution, as it would become not the founding document and basis for all law in the USA, but rather simply something repeated countless times every day.
    4. Much better methods for accomplishing the goal this idea was intended to exist.
    Couple of points, I'd rather the congress accomplish nothing rather than something which is not within their authority, sometimes wasting their time is the only good option. Also, the constitution has already been hijacked to a certain extent, nothing cheapened it more than the willful ignorance of it leading up to the civil war as far as the state's rights amendment and misinterpretation of it in the 1900's, recitation is not going to harm it more IMO.
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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?

    Sounds good to me. Keep 'em so busy they don't have time to pass any more unconstitutional bills. :-)

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    Re: Should politicians be forced to recite the constitution?

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    Couple of points, I'd rather the congress accomplish nothing rather than something which is not within their authority, sometimes wasting their time is the only good option. Also, the constitution has already been hijacked to a certain extent, nothing cheapened it more than the willful ignorance of it leading up to the civil war as far as the state's rights amendment and misinterpretation of it in the 1900's, recitation is not going to harm it more IMO.
    Your first point nearly negates all of mine

    Your second likely completes the task.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    Sounds good to me. Keep 'em so busy they don't have time to pass any more unconstitutional bills. :-)
    Hmm, I should have thought of that aspect of the situation.

    Even so, I'm not sure what good it would do to have congress constantly reciting the constitution.

    Perhaps better would be to read the constitution aloud every time a session opens, as a "ritual" or some such.
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    Re: Should politicians be forced to recite the constitution?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Your first point nearly negates all of mine

    Your second likely completes the task.

    Hmm, I should have thought of that aspect of the situation.

    Even so, I'm not sure what good it would do to have congress constantly reciting the constitution.

    Perhaps better would be to read the constitution aloud every time a session opens, as a "ritual" or some such.
    Another option to add, allow children to ask questions about the recitation and let the sloppy answers and contradictions fly. It would be Monty Python quality mayhem.
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    Re: Should politicians be forced to recite the constitution?

    Reciting it might not be all that effective, except, perhaps, to slow down the legislative process.

    A better way is to throw every bum out of office as soon as he signs or votes for an unconstitutional bill.

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    Re: Should politicians be forced to recite the constitution?

    Quote Originally Posted by ronpaulvoter View Post
    Reciting it might not be all that effective

    I agree that it is not going to stop everyone from voting for a anti-1st amendment bill or a anti-2nd amendment or some other unconstitutional bill, but it might stop some if they have the constitution fresh in their mind.

    , except, perhaps, to slow down the legislative process.
    How is that a bad thing?
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    Re: Should politicians be forced to recite the constitution?

    If you mean politicians should be forced to support their new law and their vote for a new law with the US constitution then I concur.
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