- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, used Wednesday’s 227th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution to send out the entire document tweet by tweet, sparking a social media conversation about the founding document.

“Ready? Here we go,” Mr. Issa’s Twitter account posted before laying out the document within the 140-character increments allowed by Twitter.

In response to a tweet quoting Section 3 of the Constitution, which details when treason charges can be levied against a person, one user referenced the prisoner swap for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

“Could releasing 5 TERRORISTS be anything of this sort?” one user asked.

When Mr. Issa tweeted a section of Article II, which lays out presidential requirements, saying “… and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” another user responded, “This one isn’t working out so well.”

As conservative lawmakers criticize President Obama for taking actions that conflict with the principles of the Constitution, Mr. Issa told The Washington Times that it is important for Americans to consider the importance of the document and what Constitution Day represents.

“While the constitutionality of the president’s actions may sometimes be a matter for debate, the Constitution remains a source of strength for the American people and for our Republic,” Mr. Issa said. “Constitution Day is a great opportunity to consider the fundamental principles envisioned to secure the blessings of liberty to Americans for generations to come.”

It was unclear whether Mr. Issa spent the day himself painstakingly typing each tweet, but an official spokesman told The Times that Mr. Issa is personally involved in all of his social media platforms.

“Congressman Issa’s continued involvement across all of his social media accounts is the heart and soul of the content and ideas that set him apart as a leader in using social technologies to reach the American people,” said Frederick Hill, deputy staff director at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which Mr. Issa chairs.

• Kellan Howell can be reached at khowell@washingtontimes.com.

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