This column presents facts regarding the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Wisconsin State Constitution, and various other documents in reference to modern topics. Mark hopes to encourage interest in those works so that others can consider whether our government is practicing within its constitutional limits. In the last category, he may indicate his opinion. Mark is a resident of New Berlin. Readers are encouraged to visit the following sites for more information on the United States Constitution and Thomas Jefferson's views on politics and government.
According to the Associated Press, 2/18/2011
Republicans hold a majority of seats in the Wisconsin Senate, but they don't hold enough to conduct business if Democrats don't show up. Democratic lawmakers have fled the state to delay action on a budget-cutting bill that would eliminate collective bargaining rights for public workers. That provision has sparked an all-night protest inside the Capitol building in Madison.
Wisconsin Democratic State Senators vs. Wisconsin State Constitution
Wisconsin State Constitution, ARTICLE IV. SECTION 7.
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 compel the attendance of absent members in such manner and under such penalties as each house may provide.
We the People:
By leaving the state, the Democrat Senators are obstructing our democratic republic. It is past the time for them to vote yea or nay on behalf of their constituents. The state Senate can decide on penalties for those Senators that refuse to participate. It is time for such penalties.