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, March 6, 2011

No Government Employees

The topic for this Constitution Monday comes from Article I.6.2, "No person employed in the United States government may at the same time serve as a Senator or member of the House of Representatives." This provision was carried over from Article V of the Articles of Confederation and guaranteed that American citizens would have representatives independent of both the executive and judicial branches of government. This constitutional principle prevents and/or minimizes bribery, corruption, and intrigues.

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