January 7, 2011
The Constitution reading stunt performed by establishment Republicans designed to placate a co-opted Tea Party fizzled Thursday when Congress critters failed to recite the entire document. It is rather interesting to note what part they left out.
“Democrats asked why original sections that later were amended, including references to slaves, were left out of the recital, and lawmakers initially did not catch that a couple of key paragraphs were omitted when two pages got stuck together,” reports the Associated Press.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., the organizer of the stunt, later admitted the omission and returned to the House floor and read the missing part into the Congressional Record.
Republicans had earlier failed to read Article IV and Article V.
Section 4 of Article IV reads as follows: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.”
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