Florida proposal misunderstands the constitution

Published 12:08 pm Thursday, February 20, 2020

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The last sentence of Article V of the U.S. Constitution states no state shall be deprived of its equal representation in the Senate without its specific consent.

Democrat state senators from Florida are trying to convince their federal legislators to propose an amendment allowing Florida and other heavily populated states to have three U.S. senators rather than the two currently allowed by the constitution.

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The purpose of Article V was to ensure that each state was considered as an equal – i.e. no state is any more important than another. Article V was written to ensure that this principle could not be amended away without the permission of every state affected.

Considering this proposal, it is appropriate to remind those asking for this radical change, that every state contributes to a Union in which each state depends on the other – and that no state is more important to that Union than any other state.

The Senate was created to represent the states, and not just the population. We have a chamber, now, with elected officials based on population called the House of Representatives (nicknamed, “The People’s House”).

Any of our legislators who have not taken the time to understand our government and the way it has developed over the decades are encouraged to take a class in civics before trying to undo the constitution, which was created to even out the power of our elected governing individuals across the union of the states, and not just a few.

Peter Kapuscinski