Reading the US Constitution, Day 2

So, there was a little confusion with Article I, Section 2 yesterday…I guess that despite the antique wording, it was trying to say that in order to run for Congress, you have to be a resident of the state you’re presuming to represent, which is how Dick Cheney’s daughter got into trouble while running for the Senate. No word on whether she actually fishes or not.

So, on to Article I, Section 3…let’s see if I’m getting this straight:

This article (or, should I say, “Article” because they were still doing that thing where they capitalize nouns) talks about how the Senate runs. Pretty straightforward, actually: there are two Senators from each state, and each Senator has one vote. The Vice President is the President of the Senate (speaking of Dick Cheney, does anybody out there remember him actually conducting any Senate business?) but has no vote unless he needs to break a tie. A Senator has to be at least thirty years old, a citizen of the United States for at least nine years, and has to be a resident of the state they’re representing (I think I have a handle on the language thing now). The Senate chooses (these people insist on misspelling the word “choose”) their officers along with a president pro tempore (hmm…is this the “president pro tem” you hear about sometimes?) The Senate has the sole power to try all impeachments.


“Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office…” I guess the death penalty for blowjobs is off the table.





So, Article I, Section 3…again, pretty straightforward. Thank God this wasn’t written in ancient Greek or Aramaic. Here’s some Oingo Boingo:


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One Response to Reading the US Constitution, Day 2

  1. sistergeorgia says:

    Check out
    The Words We Live By: An Annotated Guide to the Constitution by Linda Monk.

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