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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

All Eyes on the Senate


Evidence is mounting that the level of fraud involved in the 2004 election may exceed anything previously perpetrated on the people of the United States. Regardless of it's relative chicanery, the impending certification of the Electoral Vote could prove to have major implications for our form of government.

I read an article in Harpers a few months ago proposing the abolition of the Senate. It was interesting. Although the Senate serves many purposes, I will mention but one: Republicanism. Now, before anyone misinterprets, let me elaborate. The United States is defined in the CIA factbook as follows: "Constitution-based federal republic; strong democratic tradition." The strong, small d, democratic tradition, so thoughtfully mentioned by the ever-humble CIA, refers to the direct and democratic election of representation into the House and Senate. It is pertinent to note however, that in the case of Senators, this has not always been the case.

The point is, US politics threads a fine weave of direct democracy and representative republic. The House, due to its size and relative diversity, is able to at least float the disparate desires of the people upon the sea of government. And the Senate? Well, let's just say the Senate is very attentive to its needs. Which leads to some of yours and mine, well, sinking to the bottom.

Now, these two directly elected bodies, in a elegantly crafted, some might say ruse, engage in the "Constitution-based" part of the CIA's definition. In order for a challenge to the certification of the 11/2 vote to be honored, a member of both the House and the Senate must agree. If no Senator is willing to side with any of the House members, of which there are certain to be many on January 6th, then in my opinion the Senate will have failed the American people, subverted our strong democratic tradition, and placed our Republic in peril. I say this because, by willfully ignoring evidence, evading explanation and denying the existence of grievances, the Senate will stoke the fires of dissent and increase paranoia. Which brings us to the final characteristic: Federal. Notice the order of "Constitution-based federal republic". You can be certain that much of your money will be spent keeping it that way. And, believe it or not, it might not be spent with the best interests of our Republic in mind.

It seems to me, that by avoiding voting irregularities for a second time in as many elections, the Senate will be aligning itself with the "federal republic" over the "strong democratic tradition". Little surprise, perhaps. But the suspected results may be more serious than currently imagined.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is all quite by design. The purpose of the Senate is to quiet the rage of the masses. This is precisely what they are doing. If this election is not certified, this will certainly lead to instability, which is what the Senate, in essence, was designed to maintain.

Something to ponder. At one time, the Senate was elected by the legislatures of the states, rather than the people.

17th Amendment:

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution providing that Senators shall be elected by the people of the several States.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That in lieu of the first paragraph of section three of Article I of the Constitution of the United States, and in lieu of so much of paragraph two of the same section as relates to the filling of vacancies, the following be proposed as an amendment to the Constitution, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the States:

"The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, 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.

"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.

"This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution. "

12:41 PM  

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