Posts Tagged ‘United States Senate’

U.S. Senator Bob Smith of New HampshireBob Smith, former U.S. Senator from New Hampshire from 1990 to 2003, derided “liberals” during his January 21, 2011 appearance on Radio Liberty with Dr. Stan Monteith.

Yet, he voted for “The Liberal Lion” Ted Kennedy’s No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, as you will see in the Senate’s official roll call vote here.

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The Senate's side of the Capitol Building in DC.

If we do it, it's legal!

There is still talk about whether there was the constitutionally required quorum of members for passage of the Federal Reserve Act in 1913.

However, on December 19 of this year, the day the food bill was passed in the Senate, directly from the Congressional Record, it shows that in the next item of business, there was a successful request for unanimous consent to waive what is admitted to be “mandatory quorum.”

In the Senate’s own glossary of terms, they admit that 51 Senators is a constitutional requirement for quorum to do business, and even brazenly admit that often, fewer Senators are actually on the floor, but they say that quorum is presumed unless the contrary is shown by a quorum call or a roll call vote!

However, there are repeated examples from the Congressional Record of quorum calls being made where it was demonstrated that quorum wasn’t present at the time.

I feel that this regular flouting of a clearly defined constitutional requirement needs to be made aware to more Americans so they know a big reason why their government is as unrepresentative and unlawful as it has become today.

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Senator Bernie Sanders, speaking from the floor of the United States Senate on December 10, 2010, in decrying the recently announced compromise to extend the Bush tax cuts, said:

We have a job to do, and the job is — I know some people don’t believe it — a radical concept — our job is to represent working families and the middle class and not the wealthiest people in this country.

Senator Sanders, the reason why some people don’t “believe” that your job as a U.S. Senator is to represent a certain segment of society to the exclusion of some others is because the Constitution that delegated you and your fellow Senators the powers it did tells us who you are supposed to represent, and it doesn’t support your claim.

Until 1913, the Constitution provided for the appointment of Senators by state legislatures. The original intent of the Founding Fathers, as documented by the “Father of the Constitution,” James Madison, in Federalist Paper #62, as an example, was for the Senate to represent the interests of the States, and to act as a check against the federal government from acting outside of its “few and defined” powers.

Even with the direct election of Senators, the Constitution still prevents taking away equal representation of the States in the Senate without their consent.

In addition, the Senate still retains the delegated powers to ratify all treaties and confirm all federal executive appointments, and the sole power to try all impeachments of federal officers including the President and Vice President should they act outside the law, all within the context of equal state representation.

Senator Sanders, if you really want to represent working families and the middle class, while at the same time representing the interests of your state of Vermont, as you’re constitutionally mandated to do, then press for a full audit of the illegal Federal Reserve, which is the nexus of what you were referring to when you said:

You’re taking on the most powerful people in America. They make the oil industries and drug companies look like lightweights.

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