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Some Technical Adjustments, Including Prohibition Repeal*

31 Mar

Amendment 21 – Amendment 18 Repealed. Ratified 12/5/1933. History

1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

3. The article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

Amendment 22 – Presidential Term Limits. Ratified 2/27/1951. History

1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President, when this Article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.

2. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress.

Amendment 23 – Presidential Vote for District of Columbia. Ratified 3/29/1961. History

1. The District constituting the seat of Government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as the Congress may direct: A number of electors of President and Vice President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a State, but in no event more than the least populous State; they shall be in addition to those appointed by the States, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of the election of President and Vice President, to be electors appointed by a State; and they shall meet in the District and perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of amendment.

2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment 24 – Poll Tax Barred. Ratified 1/23/1964. History

1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.

2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

*The amendment above comes directly from the “U.S. Constitution Online” website: http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html# The comments related to this website were written by Stephen J.J. Mount.  You can read about him at:  http://www.usconstitution.net/sjjm.html

While I don’t necessarily agree with him on every point, I think this is a very good website for you to look at.

 

Catching Up with Modern Day Technology*

24 Mar

Amendment 20 – Presidential, Congressional Terms. Ratified 1/23/1933. History

1. The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

2. The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3d day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.

3. If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.

4. The Congress may by law provide for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the House of Representatives may choose a President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them, and for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the Senate may choose a Vice President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them.

5. Sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on the 15th day of October following the ratification of this article.

  1. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission.

Thank God we don’t have to wait until March to get a new leadership sworn in.  When the results of an election are known (for the most part) by the day after the election, there is little need to wait any longer than practical to get the new people into the offices they have been chosen for.

*The amendment above comes directly from the “U.S. Constitution Online” website: http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html# The comments related to this website were written by Stephen J.J. Mount.  You can read about him at:  http://www.usconstitution.net/sjjm.html

While I don’t necessarily agree with him on every point, I think this is a very good website for you to look at.

 

Did We Overreach? I’ll Drink to That*

18 Mar

Amendment 18 – Liquor Abolished. Ratified 1/16/1919. Repealed by Amendment 21, 12/5/1933. History

1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

  1. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

Good intentions, perhaps.  Bad way to accomplish it.  This amendment was formulated by a small group of do gooders trying to worm their way into our lives.  This is an excellent example of why “good (?)” morals can not be legislated.  That job is up to families, not government.

*The amendment above comes directly from the “U.S. Constitution Online” website: http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html# The comments related to this website were written by Stephen J.J. Mount.  You can read about him at:  http://www.usconstitution.net/sjjm.html

While I don’t necessarily agree with him on every point, I think this is a very good website for you to look at.

 

Another Step in the Right Direction*

17 Mar

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Amendment 19 – Women’s Suffrage. Ratified 8/18/1920. History

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

This was a long time coming.  It is hard to imagine that women couldn’t vote a hundred years ago.  While it does take time, the United States adjusts to correct wrongs.  We stand almost alone in living under a form of government that actually lets its citizens take corrective action when necessary.  We must not let anyone take that right away from us.

*The amendment above comes directly from the “U.S. Constitution Online” website: http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html# The comments related to this website were written by Stephen J.J. Mount.  You can read about him at:  http://www.usconstitution.net/sjjm.html

While I don’t necessarily agree with him on every point, I think this is a very good website for you to look at.

 

Them’uns vs Us’uns

12 Mar

Think back two years at the headlines in the mainline press.  “Anger Driven”   “Threatening”  “Divisive”  “Hate Filled”   These headlines all related to the Tea Party movement.  They highlighted anything that hinted at some kind of threatening action or depicting President Obama in a negative light.  The clear intent of these media outlets was to belittle, diminish and discredit the Tea Party rallies.

Fast forward to today’s headlines concerning the “unrest” in Wisconsin.  Quite a contrast don’t you think?  To read the articles and listen to the commentary one would think the protester’s motives were those of “good” vs “evil.”  All kinds of praise was being foisted on the protesters.

That kind of contrast depicted by the media wasn’t unexpected or at all surprising.  The contrast that is interesting is the composure of those attending each event.  On the one hand the Tea Party gatherings were mostly civil and well mannered.  The union driven protesters of late, however, were anything but civil or well mannered.

They clearly displayed hate and oozed of vitriol, even to the point of death threats.  This type of demonstration can be expected of union activists.  What is sad though is that teachers and firemen were made pawns in the protests.  Even some student’s participated.

It was a clear demonstration of how ordinary peaceful individuals can be sucked into an angry mob mentality by a few well placed union bullies.  Get used to it.  Over the next several months the real “evilness” of union thugs will show up more and more.  Threats of brutality will quickly morph into vicious violence.  This is the union’s cup of tea, their much preferred approach for dealing with conflicting views.

Don’t be fooled by the label Teacher Unions, or Government Employee Unions.  Teachers and government employees are for the most part good people with laudable motives.  But when it comes down to the survival of the unions, the goons take over.  You saw clear evidence of that by angry speeches and hate filled faces of those orchestrating the Wisconsin demonstrations.

‘Tis time for us to focus on the major issue, i.e., the impending demise of our various governments should the deficits not be brought under control.  We will all need to make some scarifies in order to dig ourselves out of this mess.  A mess the unions certainly contributed to.  What is needed now are cool heads….not hot heads.

If we all behave as the unions did in Wisconsin, then watch out.  Greece, here we come.

 

Why Sunset Public Collective Bargaining

05 Mar

Unions have their place and they have their time.  Their place because at times there is a very good reason to gather together to make demands and to collectively place grievances.

Some business leaders can be ruthless.  Even brutal.  When there is an oversupply of labor there may be a tendency to take advantage by bidding down wages or allowing poor working conditions.  At times like these it is often work or starve and desperate people will put up with a lot to not starve.  This is when unions have a place.

But a union is a living organism.  As it grows in success and power it gets in a position of jeopardizing the viability of the business.  Look at the manufacturing industry and the dilemma of numerous states.  In effect, unions can kill a company.  When it is faced with that result a business leader has some leverage by threatening to close shop, leaving the workers out of a job.  Governments don’t have this option, thus giving public unions considerably more power.

A living organism must grow or die.  So over time unions actually fight as much or more for its own existence rather than for the worker’s rights.  When that happens the worker’s needs become less important than the union’s.  And unions that can over power management can also bully its members.  When this happens everyone is hurt.  Except of coarse, the unions.

So then it is important to detect when this tipping point is reached.  When it is something must be done to correct the situation.  This is very difficult to do with a mature union.

But it can be done.  The best way to accomplish this would have been to have a sunset clause in their agreement when the workers hired their union in the first place.  Short of that, let the workers pick another union to do their bidding.  Require periodic votes on keeping the union would be a good start.  Also not allowing unions to collect dues without the workers consent or at least letting the workers determine where they want their money to be spent.

After all, what is important is the “worker’s rights,” not the  “union’s rights.”  And on that point I think I’m right.  How about you?

 

The Amendment that Fundamentally Transformed Our Form of Government*

03 Mar

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Amendment 17 – Senators Elected by Popular Vote. Ratified 4/8/1913. History

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.

When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.

This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.

No longer will the individual states be guaranteed a seat at the table.  By taking the selection of our Senators away from the state legislatures, the Senate basically becomes a glorified house of representatives.  This and the Sixteenth Amendment are the open door the progressive party lead by President Wilson needed to radically change the constitution our forefathers handed down to us.  This was not a good day for America.

However, the change was made in the proper way, i.e., through the amendment process.  This was a good day for America.  But, many bad days lay ahead as the courts nibble away, ruling by ruling, decree by decree, at our foundation.

*The amendment above comes directly from the “U.S. Constitution Online” website: http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html# The comments related to this website were written by Stephen J.J. Mount.  You can read about him at:  http://www.usconstitution.net/sjjm.html

While I don’t necessarily agree with him on every point, I think this is a very good website for you to look at.

 
 

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