Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif, is celebrating Constitution Day by sharing the United States Constitution with the Twitterverse.
The first tweet went out early this morning to the California lawmaker's roughly 117,000 followers. Issa's Washington office didn't immediately respond to requests for more information, such as who exactly is tweeting—Issa himself, or an intern?—and from which state.
226 years ago, the United States Constitution was signed by 38 delegates in Philadelphia. #ConstitutionDay— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) September 17, 2013
Issa's Twitter feed then dove headfirst into the Constitution.
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility..."— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) September 17, 2013
Six hours later, the tweets are still coming. By 4:45 p.m. Eastern time, Issa had made it to Article 4, Section 4, which guarantees every state a "Republican Form of Government" and protection "against Invasion."
Art 4 Sec 4 "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect"— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) September 17, 2013
Only three articles to go.
The Constitution, according to this government website, is about 4,501 words. This includes those such as "article" and "section," which Issa includes in his tweets. The entire document is about 26,161 characters, spaces included. On his Twitter feed, Issa is using double quotation marks, which changes things. But, thanks to the hours-long digital reading of the document, we now know the Constitution is made of roughly 187 tweets.