"As the Washington Post's Greg Sargent put it in his shot at this very low-hanging fruit, 'The reason to include the superceded text is to remind us that the Constitution, while a remarkable document, was not carved out of stone tablets by a finger of light at the summit of Mount Sinai. It was written by men, and despite its promise, it possessed flaws at the moment of its creation that still reverberate today.' He's right. It wasn't written on stone tablets by a finger of light at the summit of Mount Sinai. It was written by Jesus, albeit before he hit his stride."
--Gawker's Jim Newell, on House Republicans' insistence on kicking off the new Congress by reading the Constitution aloud--minus the parts that, rather embarrassingly for the Founding Fathers, say slaves count as three-fifths of a person when calculating a state's number of representatives.
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