Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Constitution Article 1 Section 5

Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.

Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.
Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such Parts as may in their Judgment require Secrecy; and the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fifth of those Present, be entered on the Journal.
Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.
 Makes me think about how the democrats can't seem to come to work--the position they were appointed by the people they represent.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

SOPA and PIPA: Ending Piracy or Liberty?

The Internet is a lively place where users can share ideas and create new ideas and also take other ideas and make them more fun... I know that sounds very general, but what I'm talking about is memes, fan fiction, fan art... now these things are not necessarily being targeted by these two bills, but why shouldn't they?

The Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act have set their sights on online piracy. Music, television, movies, they are all concerned about effect the internet has on their sales. This is understandable. A business is in business to make money, but when it comes to taking an idea and making it LOL-worthy, that is what makes the internet a great place to hang out.

The bills essentially monitor every single site to ensure that they are not pirating media. What this means is that every single website will be under scrutiny over their content. Now this isn't a horrible thing; there are a lot of sites that should be scrutinized anyways. But where is the line here? What is pirated? If someone takes a copyrighted image and adds a few things to make people laugh, does that fall under piracy or not?

It may be that the only sites that will be terribly affected will be those with shopping carts, but I know that a lot of youtubers have trouble keeping accounts due to the content they create. For instance, a youtuber I like known as CardGames makes dubbed videos of YuGiOh. These videos may fall under violation of these acts.

Fanfiction writers create stories using characters they didn't create from shows they didn't help make and in essence promote themselves from it. It may not be "profitable" but they are getting something from the work they put in. Fan artists take character from same TV shows and movies and draw them however they want. Those images, characters, they belong to someone, right?

So many sites from creative geniuses will be blacked out because of this right? Honestly, I don't know. I don't see why companies shouldn't stop with SOPA and PIPA. It will come down to a point where we American's can't keep the freedoms of speech that we have. It has been said that these bills include sections that give Americans about the same amount of internet access as the Chinese... It's also said that those that make a significant income online may have a harder time making ends meet. But what I fear the most is the blatant attack on our freedoms.

The internet is our home. We post there and share ideas. We've formed communities with like minded people across the globe. I'm opening up the discussion here. I don't know everything about this bill. I was trying to read up on it, but surprisingly it is hard to pinpoint what exactly is going on. I'm worried. I like the internet as it is. Sure it has its problems but the real world has bigger issues. Let's save this one for later. Your thoughts below please.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Constitution Article 1 Section 4

The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.

The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day.
 Honestly, I don't want to dumb this down. I believe that anyone can understand this without me having to interpret it. Thank you for reading. I think that I will continue to post the Constitution because it is important, but as to explaining the easy parts, I'll pick and choose I suppose.

Thanks again for reading!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Costitution Article 1 Section 3

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.
 Plain and simple, the Senate is composed of two Senators from each state who were chosen by the legislature. They each get 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 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.
All Senators are divided into three classes, which switch out every two years until the six years are up. If a Senator resigns or some other circumstance make him/her unavailable, the Executive appoints temporary replacements until the next meeting of the Legislature.

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 shall be chosen. 
 Senator candidates must be 30 years old, be a US citizen for 9 years and be an inhabitant of the state they wish to be a Senator of.
The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided. 
 Plain and simple, the Vice President is the President of the Senate; he/she has no vote unless to break a tie.
The Senate shall chuse their other Officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the Office of President of the United States. 
If the VP is absent or needs to take the President's position, the Senate shall choose the President of the Senate. The Senate may also choose Officers if needed.
The Senate shall have the 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. 
The Senate has full power to try Impeachments. They are under oath during these trials and the Chief Justice presides over them. There must be a concurrence of 2/3 of the members present for a conviction.
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.
Impeachment = Removal from office and "disqualification from any Office of Honor, Trust or Profit under the US." The Party convicted shall be held "liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgement and Punishment."

Friday, January 13, 2012

Constitution Article 1 Section 2

The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.
We vote for our representatives; We have the duty of choosing who leads our state in the House of Representatives.
No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.
Those wishing to represent must be at least 25 year old and be a US citizen of 7 years and also must be a an inhabitant of that state in order to represent it.
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.
This talks about the number of representatives each state is allowed. This is determined by the population of the state. For every 30,000 citizens, 1 representative is allotted. A census is taken every ten years to determine the growth of the state and also how many reprentatives a then allotted.
When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.
At the time there is a space open for a representative, an election will take place to choose a new (another) representative.
The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.
 The House is responsible for choosing the Speaker of the House as well as given the power to impeach.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Constitution Article 1 Section 1

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
Section 1 is simply stating that the legislative branch of government consists of a Senate and a House of Representatives which makes up a Congress and their powers are written in the US Constitution.

Senate = Each U.S. state is represented by two senators, regardless of population. Senators serve staggered six-year terms.

House of Representatives = Each state receives representation in the House in proportion to its population but is entitled to at least one representative. The total number of voting representatives is fixed by law at 435. Each representative serves for a two-year term. The Speaker of the House, traditionally the leader of the majority party, is the presiding officer of the chamber, elected by the members of the House.

I know is short, but I want to keep these short and sweet. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Constitution: Preamble

I've decided that there is something much more important that needs to be addressed on this blog. The constitution of the US is a very powerful document; many of us believe this but not many of us have actually read the entire thing. What I plan to do is to post bits of it on here to inform everyone as well as add what I believe what each section means. I welcome all commentary and I hope that we can have a good discussion as elections are coming. I think we need to be more informed of our rights, as government tries to systematically take them away.

What I mean is that politicians know that the majority haven't read or even care about the constitution. I hope to change that with this blog. Think I'm wrong? Prove it to me!

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
This is rather self explanatory, I believe. The authors here were making the statement that the nation called the United States of America is now born.

They said that it was imperative that this happen in order to form a perfect union,establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to all Americans.

Forming a perfect union; creating unity amongst the states. Strengthening the nation through unity and improve it economically, morally, socially, and in terms of justice.

Establish justice; creating a justice system, forming laws, providing judges, providing a way for people to seek justice and to plead their cases.

Insure domestic tranquility; create defense against foreign countries that may wish to invade or have hostile intentions towards the US. This also applies to provide common defense.

Promote the general welfare; create a strong nation that provides a means for people to pursue happiness. Fair wages and good supply of medicine.

Secure the blessings of liberty to all Americans; create a free country where its citizens are able to pursue happiness. Less government, more citizen power.

Remember the beginning of the Preamble, we the people... Not we the politicians, not we the top 1%, we the people, all of us collectively have these freedoms and the government should not interfere and stick to defense.