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, June 27, 2010

One Vote

The principle for this Constitution Monday is from Article I.3.1 and is that each Senator shall have one vote. This principle means that each Senator has the right to reach his/her own conclusion on any given issue and can vote independently of the other Senator from that state. This principle also gives the people of any state the right and opportunity to know how each Senator voted on a given issue. This principle is different from the original Continental Congress. In that Congress, each state had a vote, and all the delegates from that particular state had to decide how their state would vote, and there was no official record kept of how each Senator voted. The writers of our Constitution wanted each Senator or Congressmen to have a separate vote and to thus fix responsibility for the vote. A politician's voting record is important, especially when reelection time comes around.

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