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So there You Have It

08 Apr

That’s it.  That is the foundation of our nation.  From start to finish….at least until now.  We must cherish this document.  We must not transform our nation unless through amendment to it.  We must honor and obey it.  And we must die to protect it.  God bless you and God bless American.

 

The Last Three Amendments*

07 Apr

Amendment 25 – Presidential Disability and Succession. Ratified 2/10/1967. Note History

1. In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.

2. Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.

3. Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.

4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

Amendment 26 – Voting Age Set to 18 Years. Ratified 7/1/1971. History

1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

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

Amendment 27 – Limiting Changes to Congressional Pay. Ratified 5/7/1992. History

No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

*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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

The Fifteenth Amendment*

17 Feb

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Amendment 15 – Race No Bar to Vote. Ratified 2/3/1870. History

1. 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 race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

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

A little reminder that the Civil War meant that the right to vote was extended to ex-slaves.  Sometimes it takes a kick in the pants before the message gets through.

*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.

 

The Amendment that Opened the Flood Gates of Taxation

14 Feb

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Amendment 16 – Status of Income Tax Clarified. Ratified 2/3/1913. Note History

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

This gave the government the power to enslave nearly all wage earners.  One can never really be free if the government can steal property…and money is property.  There are far better ways to fund government and a government that is limited is not that hard to fund.

*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.

 

The Fourteenth Amendment*

10 Feb

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Amendment 14 – Citizenship Rights. Ratified 7/9/1868. Note History

1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

We’ll be hearing a lot about this amendment.  This is the one that has been interpreted in a way that Anchor Babies become citizens if they were born in the US.  The amendment was originally past in order to provide a way for former slaves to gain citizenship.  It now applies to any baby born in the US regardless of the citizenship of its parents.

Where do you stand on this issue?

*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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