Much has been made of the new Republican majority in the House starting this session by reading aloud the Constitution. Many articles have noted that, though it’s over 200 years old, this is the first time the Constitution has been read into the record of the House.
However, something similar has happened before in history. Hollywood history, that is.
In the patriotic 1939 classic, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, as Jimmy Stewart continues his heroic filibuster to protest his framing by the corrupt politicians who betrayed him, after he reads the Declaration of Independence aloud, he then reads the Constitution. Granted, this scene is set on the floor of the Senate, not the House, but it’s pretty close.
This begs the question–if there are those who would criticize reading the Constitution in our Congress meetings, would they also belittle the same thing in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, one of the most universally beloved films in American history?
I couldn’t find a clip of this on YouTube, but here’s an excerpt from the script:
Here you are, Senator, from Miss
(Hands Jeff the
(The Page Boy shows
he still has on his
Well, the Constitution of the United
Article one–section one.