Dem Congressman Says He’s Sick of Reading the Constitution


Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) is tired of reading the Constitution and “all the silly things” the House of Representatives have been doing this year, like trying to cut spending.

I guess McDermott doesn’t care (or even know) that it is due to precisely the Constitution that he was elected and now collecting a handsome salary and benefits, and will be collecting a handsome pension when the voters of Washington state’s 7th district finally acquire enough sense to kick this POS out.

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Not a surprise to some here. The Constitution to a Democrat is like Kryptonite to Superman. Although it won’t kill them right away, it sure does hurt like a son-of-a-b****!

A typically misleading Fox News soundbyte targeting those viewers with Tiny Little Brains. When it comes to truth and the real meaning of someone’s words, context is everything:

Rep. Jim McDermott , from the Congressional Record of March 20, 2011:

“Madam Speaker, the Republican follies go on. The Republicans have done nothing in their 13 weeks in charge of this House to help Americans get jobs, nothing to open markets for businesses to expand, nothing to open up markets overseas for American workers and businesses to compete more fairly. While they hold the economy hostage to their cultural war agenda, maybe we could do something to help the American people.

“I rise today in support of the effort to defeat the previous question so that we can take a first step toward addressing the egregious imbalance between China’s currency and our own. For too long, the Chinese have been playing unfairly in the international trade arena, and this Congress has to send a clear message that China must become a responsible player in multilateral trade. The Chinese export-driven strategy is smart, but subsidizing it by suppressing their currency is an unfair way to do it.

“This effort is a good step, and we should follow up by working together with our trading partners to bring a multilateral WTO case against China on the currency issue. This commonsense legislation helps the Commerce Department do a fairer job for making the multilateral mechanisms more available to U.S. businesses. We must send a clear signal with this legislation that the American people respect international agreements and expect fairness.

“After years of an unlevel playing field, it is time to act; and this motion to defeat it and bring it to the floor is the right kind of measured first step we can take now. I hope the Republicans will join us in helping this economy. I am tired of reading the Constitution and all the silly things we have done for the last 13 weeks. When are we going to see anything having to do with job creation?

In other words, When are republicans going to get off their butts, cease their exercises in political theater, and get down to some actual constructive work?

If they want to school someone regarding the Constitution, perhaps they should begin with Eric Cantor, who apparently believes the House can somehow effectuate legistlation without Senate approval. Listen to what he says beginning in 1 minute 20 seconds in. Anyone who has taken a public school class in American government should know better.


The idea that the liberal Democrats care about, let alone even know, the Constitution is laughable. Their idea of the Constitution is a “living document”, it’s meanings to be changed at will when necessary, even through the court system. The founding fathers insisted on federal judges to follow strict originalism regarding federal court cases involving the Constitution. Indeed, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both have stated that when in doubt, the judiciary should make all attempts to define the original intent, at the time of the writing of the Constitution, when deciding what particular phrases or words mean in the context of the Constitution. Our lawmakers, on both sides, but mainly the liberal dems, do not care what the original intent was.

Lest we forget, Greg, one of the Dems uttered these words:

“I think that there are very few constitutional limits that would prevent the federal government from rules that could affect your private life. The basis for that would be how would it affect other people.”

After the questioner asks what possible constitutional limits there are, then, if Obamacare can pass constitutional muster, Stark replies: “The federal government yes, can do most anything in this country.”

I’ve said it before, and it needs to be said again: You need to ask yourself how, and why, you have strayed so far from the founding father’s words and meanings, written down in the Declaration and the Constitution, and decide if it truly is a good thing, or not.

JOHN G. #3 That should be fathers’ words John.

JohnG. #3 You were just trying to show me an example of YOUR ignorance. Now I understand. Thanks

@rich wheeler:

No, rich, that was an example of a punctuation error. Are you following Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals?

-2. “Never go outside the expertise of your people.”
-5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
-11. “If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside”
-13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. ”

You lack the knowledge to put substance into your posts, so instead you ridicule the poster him/her-self for the majority of your posts. When you do add any substance to your posts, they are most assuredly negative, and you continue to repeat them, ad nauseum, without actually addressing another poster’s counterpoint.

I used to think that you were one of the more clever liberal posters here. You never attacked anyone personally, and usually, your posts, while being only of the simple, one sentence variety, gave us at least a thought provoking idea to consider. Lately, however, your posts have simply lacked in any substance whatsoever, and have devolved into childish outbursts that my own children outgrew years ago. You lack what your “God”, Obama does. Substance.


I agree that the GOP leadership in the House is acting stupidly. As a conservative, it disgusts me that they are playing political games with legislation, trying to somehow outdo Obama’s own un-Constitutional end-arounds. I don’t mind the reading of the Constitution during their sessions. It seems like most of them need to relearn it.

As far as constructive work goes, it could be said that until they know the Constitution better, no constructive work can be done. Enacting poor, un-Constitutional laws is worse than nothing whatsoever being done.