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26 February 2009

Does the Constitution Mean Anything Anymore?

From Article 1, 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. [EA]

So how is this even remotely possible: Senate agrees to give D.C. residents a vote.

Astonishingly, the very same people who are so certain that the Constitution does not require that members of the House of Representatives represent people living in an actual state, also fervently believe that that same Constitution clearly and unambiguously guarantees the right to an abortion. In a more civilized world, this would be clear evidence of mental illness.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's an empty gesture. It's sort of like the line-item veto provision the GOP congress pushed through in 1995, knowing full well it would be struck down. It tells the base, "See, we did it, but the mean ol' courts undid it."

This was sort of what was going on with Campaign Finance Reform. Bush signed it, thinking the court would strike down the more noxious clauses, but--surprise!--the Supreme Court didn't do their part. They flipped off the 1st Amendment and upheld the law.

February 27, 2009 6:05 PM  

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