Two Articles within the Constitution would solve most of the problems we are now suffering from that have resulted from our complacency related to our civic responsibilities. We are each responsible for doing our part to insure that those to whom we give our consent to govern in our place do so in accordance with our direction following the commands the Framers gave us for doing so within the Constitution.
The two Articles to which I point are” Article I. Section 2. and Section 3. and Article II. Section 1. These Articles establish rules concerning the membership of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the person that serves in the executive capacity, the President. Before I go on I have to establish that the Constitution does not provide for, or mention reelections. Anything not provided for in the Constitution, or denied therein to the States is the business of the States, or of the People.
Article I. Section 2. (I quote) “The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second year by the People of the several States, ….” In plain English, applying rules of grammar, that means the People of the several (each and every) States “shall” (a direct order as if cast in stone, no options allowed) choose Members of the House of Representatives every second year (every two years). There are no provisions for reelections.
Article I. Section 3. (I quote) “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the People thereof for six years: and each Senator shall have one Vote. ….” In plain English, applying rules of grammar, that means the People from each State “shall” (a direct order as if cast in stone, no options allowed) choose two Senators, each “shall” serve in the Senate of the United States for six years. There are no provisions for reelections.
Article II. Section 1. has additional benefits to be gained by forcing return to the Constitution. This Article and Section establishes the Office of the President of the United States of America and stipulates that only a man can hold the Office of President, and, that a President shall hold Office for one term of four years.
Article II. Section 1. (I quote) “The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office for the Term of four Years, and, together with a Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows: ….”
“He shall ( a direct order as if cast in stone to which there are no options) hold his Office (the Office of the President of the United States of America) for the Term (singular form, one Term) of four Years. There are no provisions for reelections. The exact length of “the (one) Term” is definite “four Years,” The very first words, “He shall hold his office” leaves no doubt that only a man is to hold public office as President or otherwise.
Why only a man? History tells us that at that point in our history women had more than they could handle keeping and home going and children raised, pretty much on her own. Men were left to handle decisions concerning things outside of the home. This was accepted at that time as the way things were done. Women had little or no interest in additional burdens on themselves and/or their time.
There has been no Article V. amendment that gives women equal status with men and enabling them to participate as equals with men in any, and all positions to which they may aspire. Until such time as such an Amendment is ratified by three-fourths of the States legislatures women must not be allowed to run for election to, or serve in public offices. The Supreme Court has not given its opinion concerning equal status for women.
Why did the Framers limit the amount of time members of the House and Senate, and the Presidency could serve? Because they were well aware of the fact that man is weak when exposed to unguarded temptations (opportunities), over time, for acquiring personal gains in power, prestige, influence, and wealth, that he would eventually fall victim to them. The Framers knew that once fallen, these men would come to serve those personal gains instead of their constituents and fail to preserve and protect the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic, to which each has sworn they will always do to the best of their ability,
We are seeing right now this failing of men to serve honorably and honestly because of the personal gains each has acquired during more than one term in office. If they had been held to one term only we would not be where we are today. We the People can hold them to one term and enforce the demands of the Framers that they serve only one term of the specified length at the polls and we must. Loosing our country is not an option to be considered. Right?