The U.S. Constitution was read. Why? To remind WHO of WHAT?  Well, actually the (now) odious parts of the Constitution were not read. So, I was reminded that we the people are not perfect and neither is the Constitution. The implication was that congressman try to pass laws without knowing whether or not they are constitutionally sound — really? And, I was yet again reminded of my how much it costs us taxpayers to listen to this reading — given that the minimum salary of a member of the House or Senate is $174,000 plus health benefits and pension, of course — at a time when the people of this country are in dire need of sincere and effective representation.