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Constitution Pt. 4

December 21, 2009

Section 3. The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the legislature thereof ( Changed by the 17th Amendment), for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.

Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence of the first Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three Classes. The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; 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 (Changed by the 17th Amendment).

No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he was chosen.

The Vice President shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.

The Senate shall chuse their other Officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice President, or when the Vice President shall exercise the Office of the President of the United States.

The Senate shall have sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.

That’s it fans. Pretty self explanatory until we get to the parts about the 17th Amendment. That 17th Amendment is where things start going awry but we’ll discuss that when it’s time comes.

The one thing here may need explanation that I can see is impeachment. It’s tossed around quite a bit but does everybody fully understand what it means. We can see that the House is charged with bringing the charge and the Senate is charged with trying the case with the Supreme Court presiding. As far as what it means, Webster says, “to charge with misconduct in public office before a proper court of justice; to make an accusation against”.

As you can see Impeachment isn’t really much. Nixon resigned over it and Clinton just kept on so WTF. We really need follow-up with that indictment, trial, judgment and punishment thing. A good place to start would be with our current Communist in Chief.