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Has Harry Reid Ever Read the Constituition?
January 7, 2009 | MosesKnows

Posted on 01/07/2009 2:35:38 PM PST by MosesKnows

Has Harry Reid Ever Read the Constitution?


I ask in regard to the 17th amendment. The 17th amendment is one of my least favorite amendments but ignoring it is not an improvement nor is it legal to ignore it.

First, for clarity I post how the Constitution directed the election of Senators prior to the 17th amendment.

Article. 1, Section. 3. The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof , for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.

The state legislature would choose the state’s Senators because the Senator’s function is to represent his state. The people of the state were responsible for electing the House Representatives because the function of the House was to represent the people.

It makes good sense so far doesn’t it. Section 3 also provided; and if Vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next Meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such Vacancies

Let’s see how the ratified 17th amendment modified Article. 1, Section. 3 of the Constitution.

Amendment XVII: Senator election and number.

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof elected by the people thereof, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.

Here is the part of the 17th amendment Harry Reid appears to be unaware of or chose to over-look, which prompted my question.

When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.


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How does Harry Reid reconcile his position to determine how the Senator from Illinois will be seated with the Constitution?
1 posted on 01/07/2009 2:35:39 PM PST by MosesKnows
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To: MosesKnows

When was the last time ANY of the Washington elites payed the slightest attention to the plain language of the Constitution?


2 posted on 01/07/2009 2:40:51 PM PST by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: MosesKnows
Scum that he is, at least Blago seems to have read and comprehended it.
3 posted on 01/07/2009 2:41:42 PM PST by jennyjenny
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To: MosesKnows

If you asked him, I’m 100% certain he’d reply “why would I go and do a dopey thing like that?”


4 posted on 01/07/2009 2:42:50 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Our government is an edifice of artifice.)
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To: MosesKnows

Sure. He is a liberal. Hates it. It stands in the way of his idea of a Utopia with him in charge. He gets all the money and then doles it out to us idiots who can not fend for ourselves.


5 posted on 01/07/2009 2:42:54 PM PST by screaminsunshine (.)
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To: MosesKnows
Didn't you get the Memo? Liberal/Democrats may or may not know the Constitution but they don't let that interfere with their agenda. Republican have rules they have to abide by.
6 posted on 01/07/2009 2:43:29 PM PST by fish hawk (Atheism is a non-prophet organization)
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To: MosesKnows
No. Senators were supposed to represent the interest of the state and not of the people and have one degree of separation between them and the popular sentiument. They were supposed to operate above popular support, that's why the Senate inacts treaties and confirms judges. Senators were not supposed to be at-large congressmen, they were supposed to be "wiser".
7 posted on 01/07/2009 2:45:09 PM PST by Perdogg (Only the hypnotized never lie)
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To: MosesKnows

Read?????

That’s what staff does.

Senators are too busy senatoring to read.

They are so busy senatoring that they don’t even have time to read the bills before they vote on them.

They are so busy senatoring that they probably never had time to read the bills they supposedly wrote before the committee voted on them.

Read. That’s what staffs are for.


8 posted on 01/07/2009 2:47:11 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Perdogg

Now I’m curious. Why did you start your reply with the word no?


9 posted on 01/07/2009 2:49:43 PM PST by csmusaret (Congress hasn't got anything right since they declared war on Japan.)
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To: MosesKnows
This is another occasion when Harry Reid displays by his actions that he must be mentally defective. I leave it to professionals to an exact diagnosis. The man is an embarrassment to this great nation.
10 posted on 01/07/2009 2:52:55 PM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (Swift as the wind; Calmly majestic as a forest; Steady as the mountains.)
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To: csmusaret

Has Harry Ried ever read the constitution - the answer is no.

Barbara Boxcutter of California thinks the White House was built to protect the President.


11 posted on 01/07/2009 2:53:13 PM PST by Perdogg (Only the hypnotized never lie)
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To: MosesKnows

“Do I ever read the Constitution? Of course I read the Constitution. There’s that part where they talk about religion being the opiate of the masses and about the workers of the world uniting.”


12 posted on 01/07/2009 2:53:25 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: MosesKnows

“Do I ever read the Constitution? Of course I read the Constitution. There’s that part where they talk about religion being the opiate of the masses and about the workers of the world uniting.”


13 posted on 01/07/2009 2:53:35 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: MosesKnows

Change 1:

Previous: “Has Harry Reid ever read the Constitution?”
To: “Has Harry Reid ever read anything?.”


14 posted on 01/07/2009 3:05:27 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: MosesKnows

Amendment XXVIII - When two democrats disagree over the appointment of any official, the contest shall be decided by a duel with pistols at a distance of 1 paces. The winner shall be the rest of the country. :)


15 posted on 01/07/2009 3:08:19 PM PST by sig226 (1/21/12 . . . He's not my president . . . Impeach Obama . . . whatever)
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To: MosesKnows

No but he might at least has had a chance to hear it on CSPAN 2 had the REPUBS ever done one of the real 24/7 filerbusters of old.


16 posted on 01/07/2009 3:08:22 PM PST by rod1
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To: MosesKnows

Learning to read in Searchlight Nevada was optional when ole Dingy was in school.


17 posted on 01/07/2009 3:09:52 PM PST by Fred (Obama Happens)
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To: MosesKnows

Article 1, Section 5: “Section 5. Each House shall be the judge of the elections, returns and QUALIFICATIONS of its own members, and a majority of each shall constitute a quorum to do business;

Rules of the Senate state that the Illinois Secretary of State should have signed the letter of appointment. He did not sign. This disqualifies Buriss.


18 posted on 01/07/2009 3:37:36 PM PST by cydcharisse
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To: MosesKnows

19 posted on 01/07/2009 3:38:04 PM PST by Fred (Obama Happens)
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To: cydcharisse

Was there an election? Isn’t this an appointment?


20 posted on 01/07/2009 4:01:56 PM PST by Fred
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To: MosesKnows

Can Harry Reid read?


21 posted on 01/07/2009 4:28:47 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: MosesKnows

Good post, but a couple of days late. Harry Reid is in the process of backing down. ‘Course the Media won’t point out these embarrasing constitional errors on the part of the majority leader. We’ll just have to keep it between us Freepers. / sarcasm


22 posted on 01/07/2009 4:56:16 PM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: SumProVita
Can Harry Reid read?

Point taken. However, that might not come up until we look in the Constitution for the "Power herein granted" allowing the Congress to spend the public treasury administering the people's health care needs.

23 posted on 01/08/2009 11:34:32 AM PST by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
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To: Brilliant
that part where they talk about religion being the opiate of the masses

Perhaps I missed your point. The Constitution is not about the people. The Constitution established a new central government and directed exactly how that newly formed government functions.

The Constitution's only mention of religion is the government's recognition that some of the people may have religious beliefs. To that end the Constitution forbid the government from interfering with the exercise of those beliefs.

24 posted on 01/08/2009 11:44:27 AM PST by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
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