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 16, 2010

Two Senators

On this Constitution Monday, the topic moves to the Senate. Article I.3.1 of the Constitution states, "The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state." This provision insures that each state is equally represented. This provision was part of the "great compromise" about representation made at the Constitutional Convention. Having the Senate made up of elected individuals was a completely American idea because most upper chambers in other nations are comprised of lifetime appointments, which sometimes included hereditary offices.