Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Appointed by States

The topic for this Constitution Monday comes from Article I.3.1, "Senators shall be appointed by their respective state legislatures to protect the rights of the states as sovereign entities." In other words, the Constitution gave the Right to choose special representation directly to the state. Because the House of Representatives was to represent the people and the Senate was to represent the state, the people were represented both as individuals and as groups of individuals. This arrangement was made to provide a balance of power, but the Seventeenth Amendment destroyed the original intent of the Founders.

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