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We need to change the way we vote for our elected officials. It wasn’t until 1913 that voters had the power to vote for Senators directly. The Framers of the US Constitution thought differently.
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The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.
In 1787, four years after the Revolutionary War ended and the Treaty of Paris was signed, the new world didn’t have a stable government. America had the Articles of Confederation, which allowed the Continental Congress to run the Revolutionary War. The Articles of Confederation were a good jumping-off point; most of it was configured into our Constitution.
However, if you know what the Founding Fathers were like, then you know nothing was ever simple. Debates after debates and constant revisions until it was the perfect system.
One of the debates was heavily focused on James Madison’s Virginia Plan. It is the first document that mentions a separation of powers. It also proposed that the legislative branch should be two houses.
“One house of the legislature, the House of Representatives, was to be directly elected by the people of each state. In Madison’s plan, the other house, the Senate, would be chosen by the House of Representatives from a group of individuals nominated by the state legislatures.
Many delegates to the Convention rejected the idea of representatives in the House choosing senators. They believed that this method of selection would compromise the independence of the Senate and hinder its ability to act as a check on the House.”
For many reasons, the idea of Congress voting in the Senate wasn’t liked back then. Article 1, Section 3 was then modified by the 17th amendment; instead of “chosen by the Legislature,” it now says “elected by the people.”
It has been a tradition that the Speaker of the House is a member of Congress. The majority does get their pick, but the media often misleads people into thinking that only the majority gets to choose who gets the position.
The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other officers; and shall have the sole power of impeachment.
The Constitution doesn’t say that the Speaker of the House needs to be a member of the House. The Speaker can be an outsider. If we push hard enough and talk about it more, we could even change the Constitution by stating that the people should vote for who is Speaker of the House.
I point these things out because a video of Nancy Pelosi went viral. We will ignore the odd fact that her daughter just happened to be there to film a documentary and was conveniently there to watch “all the terror unfold.”
Pelosi, at one point, says:
“I’m gonna punch him out. I’ve been waiting for this, for trespassing on Capitol grounds.”
Trump responded to the video by saying:
“If I ever said that it would be a national scandal.”
If the Republicans had real stones, they would forgo tradition and not make Kevin McCarthy House Speaker. Instead, they should choose an outsider. A former President, if you will, just imagine Pelosi having to pass the Speaker’s gavel to the man she wished to punch in the face.
The perfect parting gift for a despicable woman.