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Land Shark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-04-08 05:29 PM
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37. Do the research, it's happened already, 6 times or more with federal office
The Senators and Representatives all served. One person beyond these six voluntarily delayed an oath by a few months, but didn't need to.

The Constitution doesn't overrule the sovereign's (the people's) decisions on elections. When we act as voters, that is the one or few times per year when we are IN CHARGE and we're electing representatives to hold our power. That's why they're traditionally called public "servants". That's Democracy 101.

See Montesquieu, the most quoted political philosopher before and after the american revolution, who explains that each political system must have an ultimate power, and in the systems of republics and democracies, that power is the people. Almost all of this short essay approaching 300 years old survives the test of time intact. http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch2...

When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power, it is called a democracy. When the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a part of the people, it is then an aristocracy.

In a democracy the people are in some respects the sovereign, and in others the subject.

There can be no exercise of sovereignty but by their suffrages, which are their own will; now, the sovereign's will is the sovereign himself.
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