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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Who should choose the next Senator from Illinois?

So who should choose the next Senator from Illinois?

Well, obviously this Blagojevich guy is out of the question. After last week's indictment by U.S. Attorney Peter Fitzgerald, no one would trust this guy with even placing an order at the drive through window without trying to get a bribe in return. Even Democrats.

The answer is obvious : the people should choose for themselves.

Interestingly, the Constitution requires only that U.S. House seats - not Senate seats - be filled by election (as opposed to appointment). The original intent was that the House represents the people directly, and therefore its members should only be chosen by the people.
The Senate, by contrast, was established to represent the interest of states, with its members originally to be chosen by the legislature of each state. Yet, when that practice proved too corrupt (sound familiar?), the Constitution was amended to provide for direct election of Senators by the people.

The lesson is clear: naming someone to such a high position as a U.S. Senate seat by any method other than direct election is begging for trouble, and the Illinois case is just the latest example.

The Republican National Committee has been pounding the Democrats over a myriad of unanswered questions flowing out of the indictment, such as, what conversations did Barack Obama and his political hacks have with Blagojevich and his political hacks concerning the appointment? Watch the video

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