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The Saxbe Fix



No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time…….no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.  – Article 1 Section 6

After their experience in the American revolution and years of watching Kings buy their way to policy, the Framers believed that a simple and even elegant solution was to simply ban the ability of a single person to hold Office both civilly and in the government. Makes sense, right?

So how did we get to the place where the Article is routinely “ignored” and senators become Secretaries?


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A Day to Day Convention



On Monday, January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court of the United states issued what could be argued was its most controversial ruling, Roe v Wade. In the ensuing years, most Americans have gone deaf from the volume the the arguments over the moral implications of the ruling.

On the first live broadcast of Constitution Thursday since September 20, 2013, we take a look at the ruling and the process by which the Court decided that a right to privacy exists between a citizen and their physician.

Upon further review, did the Court “get it right,” at least as far as the privacy rights are concerned? And if they did, how far should that/those right/s extend?

It’s Constitution Thursday, LIVE on the Podcast 99 Network!


The Journey of 1000 Steps

The Convention is over, and the delegates disperse home. George Washington can hardly wait to get out of town and on his way back to Mt. Vernon. He is so anxious to leave, that it almost costs him his life.

The issue is now before the States to decide. Ratification and Union or reject the proposed Constitution and try to go it alone or in small groups.

As the process begins, the Congress of the United States takes up the debate first. Should they approve of the draft Constitution? Or has it gone too far?

Two opposing ideologies will coalesce around the debate. One Conservative and liberty minded. The other, radical and focused on a much different – and much bigger – goal. Can only one succeed and push the other into the pages of history?

Or is there yet still room for compromise?

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