Monday, August 21, 2006

constitution monday

i think that many americans are under the false assumption that their vote counts in presidential elections. read the constitution- and read my lips: the only branch of government that is directly elected by the people is the legislative. you should always vote in elections and excercise that civic right- however, voting for congresspeople is vital. they will not look out for your best interests- if you don't take an interest in the first place. the president is voted in by the electoral college- period.

Article. I.

Section. 1.

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

Section. 2.

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.


Passed by Congress May 13, 1912. Ratified April 8, 1913.

Note: Article I, section 3, of the Constitution was modified by the 17th amendment.

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.

Article. II.

Section. 1.

The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows:

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.

Section. 2.
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

the declaration of independence

the constitution

the bill of rights


dawn said...

Funny I knew about electoral college votes but never knew that they could differ from the people majority. the last election really opened my eyes. I guess Bushes people knew huh!
On another subject theres a sports special on HBO called 9 innings. It has to do with the after affects of 9/11. Try and watch it let me know what you think

betmo said...

ahh- dawn- alas i don't get hbo. anyone else out there have hbo? if so- watch for me and let me and dawn know what it is about. thanks.

The Future Was Yesterday said...

The Electoral College has long been the nemsis of the people. It is possible to become President with only the electoral votes of 13 states. Nevermind that the popular vote may have swung wildly the other way.

Although both parties give lip service when it becomes politically correct, neither want to abolish it, for both use it to their advantages, and are unwilling to give up that denial of the people's will.

500,000 Americans said they didn't want this Jesus Freak War Monger in 2000; only five votes in America ultimatly counted.

shawn (aka blogstud) said...

It is quite a coincidence. A friend and I were discussing the electoral college just the other day.

Yes, it is long past due for the electoral college to be abolished. The repubs wanted to do away with it before 2000, now they want to keep it because Florida and Ohio keep sending their candidates back into the office.

I am more and more convinced that the dems need to have a vp from one of those two states on the ticket. Maybe Murtha from OH, or Nelson from FL.

Welcome back betmo.

Professor Zero said...

Yes - American democracy is very limited, and we are taught that it is the most perfect, etc. It is very hard to cut through the patriotic history lessons, so as to look at these facts.

QuillDancer said...

TFWY -- many of us "Jesus Freaks" are very ticked -off that Bush claims to be Christian, because nothing in his actions shows that to be true. Do you see him loving his neighbor and treating others the way he wants to be treated?

QUASAR9 said...

betmo, republican is a term that has been hi-jacked by one party in the US. The USA is a republic with four parties Blue (Right) Red (left) Yello (Liberals) and Green (greens).

Of course right wing republicans in the US like right wing republicans in ancient rome post about their military achievements conquests and invasions. That is where their bread and butter or wealth comes from. US Presidents (even kennedy & clinton) are viewed as Caesars of the new Rome. Vini Vidi Vinci

QUASAR9 said...

Until that cycle is broken The USA will continue to thrive on war and supporting its 'allies' in wars

The military has toooo much influence in the whitehouse, in fact the same influence as the SS in Nazi Germany. Fortunately the military no longer has the same undue influence in any civilised EU country or real democracy.