Friday, January 07, 2011
Rep. Inslee is confused about the US Constitution
Honorable Jay Inslee made a big fuss about the reading of the US Constitution in the House of Representatives Thursday. He had a question: Which version of the Constitution would be read? Seattle Times He was complaining about "... edited, redacted and incomplete version..." And he couched it in very friendly language. They read the version of the Constitution that he, Honorable Jay Inslee, swore to uphold the day before. He should be up on it since he swore that oath on January 5, 2011. Bothell Reporter Did he complain then? Apparently he wanted a history lesson of all the original text and the amendments to show the dirty laundry of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The floor of Congress is not the place for the history lesson. But it is the place to keep in mind the Constitution that rules - is supposed to rule - their proceedings. The Constitution as amended. History And he needs a history lesson. He joined the chorus about slaves being counted as 3/5 of a person. That was a compromise. The slave states wanted full counting of slaves when determining representation; the abolitionists wanted zero. There were so many slaves that full counting would give the slave states a very large say in running the US, which would prevent the needed changes. The states like Massachusetts wanted to end slavery. Not allowing the slave states control would make it more possible. But there would be no United States of America unless all the thirteen colonies agreed and 3/5 was the compromise that made it possible. When they were able to end slavery they removed the 3/5 and gave former slaves full representation.