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House Reads Out Constitution, Only 74 Members Show Up

Infowars – by Steve Watson

In what was supposed to be a symbolic gesture of the enduring greatness of the US Constitution, and the rights it outlines for all Americans, the House read the entire document out aloud on the chamber floor yesterday. However, the symbolism backfired somewhat when only a fraction of representatives bothered to show up.

In the midst of the Obama administration’s ongoing efforts to eviscerate the Second Amendment by executive order, it was extremely telling that so few members of the House took the time to show their respect for the Constitution.

The document was divided into 120 sections, with GOP House leaders believing that at least that many members would show up to each read a section.

When all was said and done, however, only 74 members attended. The Washington Times notes that the House ran out of Democrats before they even got past Article IV, which is less than halfway through the document.

Just 25 Democrats valued the idea enough to turn up for the reading, while a meager 49 Republicans attended. This meant that each reader had to take two or three sections.

The entire reading took around 66 minutes.

During the Preamble to the reading, Virginia Republican Bob Goodlatte, who organised the event, stated “We also hope that this will demonstrate to the American people that the House of Representatives is dedicated to the Constitution and the system it establishes for limited government and the protection of individual liberty.”

When two Democrats shuffled in as the final reader was speaking, Goodlatte attempted to put a brave face on the situation, stating “We ran out of Constitution before we ran out of readers,”.

The Times also notes that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi seemed embarrassed that so few Democrats showed up, at one point she “gestured with a shrug to the nearly empty chamber”. Her Republican counterpart, Speaker of the House John Boehner was initially present but left before the end of the reading and did not take part.

The Second Amendment was read by Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., who also read the First and Third Amendments.

This was only the second time that the Constitution has been read in its entirety, without sections that were amended after the document was ratified in September 1787.

The first occasion was just two years ago, when 137 lawmakers attended.

It is to be expected that some members cannot always be present on the House floor, but with 435 representatives having sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution, it is pitiful, and a very telling sign of the times, that only around one sixth cared enough to participate in reading out the founding document.


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

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16 Responses to House Reads Out Constitution, Only 74 Members Show Up

  1. pete says:

    the ones that showed can stay,
    the rest can f#@koff and NEVER come back!
    i hope someone compiled a list.

    • Jim says:


      Don’t be so fast. The 74 that showed up probably wanted to sneak in special bills, riders and amendments because they thought it might pass. LOL

  2. rhumstruck says:

    Agreed pete!

  3. David2 says:

    1961: “Ask not what your country can do for you”
    2013: “We are not a deadbeat nation”

  4. James Woroble Jr says:

    This level of attendance is an absolute voting barometer of what can be expected to staunchly defend it as well. With that determined, Constitutional, regime-change weapons (AKA ‘assault rifles’), will be more important than ever in America’s history.

  5. H5mind says:

    When they heard there was going to be a discussion of the constitution, congressmen must have thought they said “constipation” and decided to skip it.

  6. pete says:

    1961: “Ask not what your country can do for you, Ask what you can do for your country”

    2013: “Ask not what your country can do to you, Ask what you can do to your country”

    there – i improved it! 😀

  7. US Marine Fighting Tyranny says:

    My Fellow Americans:

    We should be thankful to all the elected representatives that did NOT show up,… now we know EXACTLY who the traitors are, and who will be tried for treason,.. and who will hang from the neck until dead.

    Thanks to all the treasonous slime for not showing up,.. they made it that much easier to identify them.

    JD – US Marines – Next Gov’t Bulk Purchase,… Rope and Rafters,… to hang them from.

  8. chris says:


    A lot more than I would have expected showed up.

    Byzantium D.C. where all the whores play.

  9. NC says:

    Well, I guess now we know why Congress only has a 9% approval rating when only about 9% actually showed up to recite the Constitution. lol

    If I showed up late for work, I would either be written up or fired.

    So apparently, like public schools, Congress has no discipline in its institution anymore. OOHH!!!! Sorry. Had to say it.

  10. rhumstruck says:

    Don’t apologize. It’s a sign of weakness. You can’t afford that diversion tripping you up when you only spoke the truth.

  11. uninformedLuddite says:

    I wonder what percentage of USians is horrified by this? I would wager that the majority of those that actually know about this couldn’t care less.

  12. Eomer says:

    Actions speak louder than words??? This just about explains it. Also, good point from the Uninformed Luddite. How many US citizens really even give a shit. They’re more concerned about what Kim Kardashian is wearing and the McRib sandwich.

  13. James Woroble Jr says:

    Obviously a conflict in timing and marketing error. Never schedule a Congressional reading of the Constitution at the same time that there is a showcase release of the latest negro gay porn flick at a theater in downtown D.C.!

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