Monday, January 7, 2013

Article 1 - Sections 4, 5 and 6 of the United States Constitution

Section. 4.

The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.

The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day.

Section. 5.

Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.

Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.

Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such Parts as may in their Judgment require Secrecy; and the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fifth of those Present, be entered on the Journal.

Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.

Section. 6.

The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.

No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution

Today we are going to look at the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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.

Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.

When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.

The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Beauty of the Constituion

       My wife, Rhonda, has stated a good project where she blogs daily about her day and the day of the family and all or most, or sometimes just some (LOL) of what happened that day. She is doing this to have a record, diary, log, whatever, of our lives, and I think that it is a great idea.

       So, I want to do the same thing about one of my passions, the Constitution of the United States of America.  I want to blog about this because their are so many people out there who do not know what is in the Constitution and are ignorant about their rights, their States rights, and the rights of the Federal government.  This is a shame, as it leads to what we are seeing today, a blind following of a totalitarian socialist liberal, who love nothing more than to burn the Constitution and set up his own Stalin-like "Utopia"

       So I would like to take it upon myself to go through the Constitution with you, a section at a time, and show you what is in it, what our rights are and the rights of the States and the Federal Governments and ask for your comments.  I am hoping that this will stimulate good, valid, debates on the current condition of our Federal government.

       Also, if you do not know what a "Valid Debate" is, please study it before posting, because what I am placing in this blog is facts directly from the Constitution, which can be proven by this site (http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html) which is the Official Site of the US Constitution.  Commenting things like "Oh, you conservatives whine and never state any facts, when you are ready for a valid debate, come back with facts".  Uhm, this is not debate, this is actually the whining, and the person who told me this never listed a fact themselves. Debate is an intelligent (notice I didn't say intellectual) discussion (Notice I didn't say yelling fight) where both parties have an open mind (notice I didn't say closed mind like extreme left-wing and extreme right-wing followers) and are WILLING to LISTEN and LEARN and CHANGE THEIR MIND IF THEY ARE PROVEN WRONG. They are willing to compromise if their is no clear winner and both sides are willing to shake hands at the end and still remain friends.

       That is "Valid Debate".

       So, after all that, tomorrow we will be starting with the Preamble to the Constitution and, possibly, also talk about Article 1, Section 1.

See Ya Soon,
Charles

P.S. Please feel free to post your comments, questions, concerns and opinions.  But, if you state and opinion, and try to back it up, it better not be from some left-wing liberal rag (All they want is communist or fascist control) or right-wing control freak rag (All they want is communist of fascist control). Notice in the picture below how both Ultra Left-Wing and Ultra Right-Wing both meet at Tyranny.  Hmmm, makes you think doesn't it.