Monday, February 21, 2005

Constitutional Notes

I have actually done it, I have read the entire U.S. Constitution, well, not the amendments yet. I have noticed many, interesting, surprising, astounding, and just plain scary things in it. I have written down all these notes. Over the next few weeks I plan to publish the notes. As a taste, here are some. They will come in order of what part of the Constitution they are in.

The state governments hold the power to choose the qualifications for a voter when voting for someone to be in Congress. It is possible that you don't have to be a citizen!

I believe that today, it is the majority party that chooses the Speaker of the House, there is no mention of any political parties, at all in the original Constitution. It says, "The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other officers;" now does this refer to the whole House or just a part of it?


Charone said...

The whole House. But of course the majority party is going to vote for one of their own.

jomama said...

Are you thinking 'the whole House'
means the Senate also?

The Senate and the House of Reps
are known as Congress, FYI.

Senate and House of Reps are two
different entities.

Scriptor said...

When I say the whole House I mean the whole House of Representatives.

historyteacher said...

I know you have not gotten to the amendments yet but when you talk about the states deciding who is eligible to vote there are a number of amendments that take away certain disqualifiers. For instance, no one may be kept from voting due to race, ethnicity or religion. No one may be kept from voting due to sex. Age may not be a factor either if one is 18 or older.

Otherwise yes, states may decide who is eligible.

GeoBandy said...

Well done Scriptor! It never ceases to amaze me the way people who have never even read the Constitution babble about what it "means". Keep reading. You'll want to get through the amendments while the original document is still fairly fresh in your memory.