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Joseph K. Grieboski: Tweeting the U.S. Constitution

My great friend and rights advocate extraordinaire, Joe Grieboski, is taking on a noble project: tweeting the Constitution of the United States. Over at Just Joe, he explains:

I have watched with great interest and concern over the last few years as the Constitution of the United States, one of man’s most brilliant developments and the foundation of all that we as Americans are as a people, a nation and a state — is used as a cover for some particular political and ideological concerns and then discarded when it conflicts with other particular political and ideological concerns.

The recent case of the Ground Zero Mosque has been the most demonstrative of this concern, as both sides have used some parts of the Constitution to advance their cause while ignoring other parts.

As a result, I have decided that starting today, I am going to tweet the entire Constitution, starting with the Bill of Rights and Amendments.

While I expect that this will be an exercise futility, as my desired goal of people reading the Constitution before throwing around its contents like al dente pasta and seeing if it sticks is in direct contravention to the psychological make-ups of the people intended to effect, I nonetheless consider it an important and useful act.

So without further ado…

Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Outstanding! I encourage everybody to re-tweet Joe! Click here to follow him on Twitter.

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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