Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The Constitution of the United States of America

A comment today sparked my interest in rereading the Constitution. Sometimes I just have to go back and see what makes this country so great.

I think that I will stop on Article One, Section Two, because I am sure that this will stir the bucket the most.

It reads: The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several states, and the electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature.

No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five years, and been seven years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state in which he shall be chosen.

Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several states which may be included within this union, according to their respective numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole number of free persons, including those bound to service for a term of years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three years after the first meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent term of ten years, in such manner as they shall by law direct. The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty thousand, but each state shall have at least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the state of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.

When vacancies happen in the Representation from any state, the executive authority thereof shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies.

The House of Representatives shall choose their speaker and other officers; and shall have the sole power of impeachment.

Remember at this time, slavery was legal and slaves or indentured servants were not allowed to vote. I really can't find anything that specifically excludes women, but I must say that I really didn't look that hard. And most women don't need to vote anyway. It gets in the way of having supper on the table when the man gets home from work. Yeah, I'm kidding.

Anyhoo, there is a little line before the 3/5ths stuff that reads something like this, If you are FREE, you can vote. With those words, a strict Constitutionalist could probably grasp the fact that everyone can vote that is FREE. So, Blacks can vote, women can vote, Hell even retarded people can vote and the evidence can be seen if you look at the voting records of all the New England states for the past four Presidential cycles. Oh, and California too.

A strict Constitutionalist can't find one damn thing in the papers about separation of Church and State. Not once is the word abortion mentioned. I can't even find the word "Marriage". Then again, I didn't look real hard for that one either.

The thing that I find interesting about this article is that only the people that pay taxes can vote. VERY INTERESTING. Have I got a case, Oddybobo? Do you think that I should sue to get all the people that don't pay a damn cent in taxes, purged from voter rolls?

Hey, you, take the time to READ the Constitution and maybe you can realize that it is a pretty simple document to understand. Most Republicans can read it in about 20 minutes. Leftists generally take a little longer because they keep looking for the parts that I have said aren't in the Constitution. But, they WILL keep saying that they are. Check THIS site out. It's broken down into the various parts. Hell, bookmark it (Control+D in IE) and commit to memory one article a day and in one short month, you too can be debating the Constitution like you know what the Hell you're talking about.

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