Legion praises Constitution reading

“Music to America’s ears,” was how American Legion National Commander Jimmie Foster characterized today’s reading of the U.S. Constitution on the floor of the House of Representatives.

“The Constitution should be revered by all Americans but it is especially so by the veterans of this country, all of whom swore an oath to defend this document with their lives,” Foster said. “While The American Legion has its own constitution under which it operates, it is the U.S. Constitution that guides our reason for existing. The freedoms which it guarantees are the values that many of our brothers- and sisters-in-arms have died for. We operate a number of youth programs designed to instill a deep appreciation for this remarkable document among the next generation. The American Legion applauds Congress for providing this poignant reminder of America’s greatness.”

Every year American Legion National Headquarters awards $138,000 in scholarships to the top competitors in its High School Oratorical Scholarship Program, “A Constitutional Speech Contest.” A scholarship of $18,000 went to the 2010 Champion, Tori Beth Black of Iva, S.C.

In her winning speech, Black praised the Constitution as “the result of honor, freedom and integrity.” She saluted the veterans who fought to defend it. “Because of the great men that fought and died for these freedoms, we have a successful government and relevant Constitution that we follow to this day.”

Inscribed on the back of every American Legion membership card is a reminder that Legionnaires gather “To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America…”

While Americans may disagree about how to interpret the Constitution, Foster believes such debates enhance its value. “One of the great characteristics of the Constitution is that the framers included a mechanism to improve it. Article V provides a process to amend the Constitution so the will of the people would not be ignored.”

If for no other reason but to serve as a reminder to Congress, an abundance of historical evidence indicates that the founding fathers would probably approve of the “teachable moment” provided by the House today.

“The Constitution ought to be the standard of construction for the laws, and that wherever there is an evident opposition, the laws ought to give place to the Constitution,” Alexander Hamilton once said.


  1. I think it is great that they read the Constitution on the House Floor, however they need to sit down and "Read it" and "Understand it" for what it says. In my opinion what they will fing is that they need to remember who "they" work for and who "they" represent - which is "We The People", it is not the parties, nor special interest groups, it is not for thier own gains and it is most certainly not for them to act like "Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses". They should have the same entitlements as every other american when it comes to Healthcare, Social Security and wages (they need a timeclock). We need to hold them accountable for all the good as well as the bad things that they bring about and allow them to retire on Social Security! I do not feel that there should be a such thing as a "Career Politician" they should be allowed to serve in the respective Elected Role on mandatory term limits and then get out of the way for what might be a positive change with fresh eyes.
  2. While I agree with the Commander's praise for the reading of the U.S. Constitution on the floor of Congress, I do believe it would have shown the respect the reading deserved by having members of the Congress in the Chamber to hear it! Only the person reading their particular piece and the one to follow were in that room. Such disrespect! Every member of Congress, the Supreme Court and the President should have been in that Chamber! They take an oath, as did each of us to protect that document. All Americans should respect the Constitution as well as protect it. Perhaps then members of Congress would understand why we should do the same for the Flag of our Country. Dolores M. Reed U.S.Army 1950-1953
  3. yep I agree with you Moonstroller, but we are a dying breed. People nowadays are lazy, greedy and have no respect for this country or the people that have paid for their freedom through blood, sweat, and tears of the past or present. Bring back the draft as a mandatory requisite for 18 to 21 years of age. And make it mandatory ALL new Citizens Being able to recite a portion of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Furthermore, ALL Senators, Congressman up on the hill, can only stay in office the same amount of time as the President of the United States. And after that they will have to get their own jobs, insurance and not at the cost of the american people. It's time the people of this country take a step back and look at what we have lost. No Family values, No Morales (Christianity) of what this country was founded on, and No respect for each other as a nation.
  4. Proving an understanding of the constitution should be a basic requirement, along with proof of Citizenship, for anyone who is running for an office in the Federal Government (President, Congressperson, etc). Being able to recite a portion of the Constitution should be a prerequisite at every swearing in ceremony. Our children will learn from our example. Our children are the fundamental roots of everything that is the United States of America. When I was in the 5th grade, we were required to remember and recite the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. I have remembered that preamble all my life. John Ray aka moonstroller
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