Many of my readers will recall my endless arguments and admonitions for people, especially those candidates for office, to read the Constitution.

We have them circulating among us in various forms, mostly the little booklets titled, “The Constitution of the United States.” How anyone can call it the “Constitution of the United States” when at the outset, the preamble, it clearly states, “...do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Admittedly, there is a place you will find the “Constitution of,” however, it is in the preamble to the Bill of Rights and that does not excuse its use elsewhere. One publisher actually offered this disclaimer: “Because the original Constitution had no title, we use the one you see now – The Constitution of the United States.” But there is more, read on...

We see candidates declaring for Congress in our elections. My immediate question is, “Which house?” Moreover, we see and hear talk of the house and the senate. There are two houses in congress; one is the House of Representatives and the other is the Senate. However, we see and hear talk of the house and the senate. One needs only to read the Constitution and learn that there are indeed two houses; Article I § 5: “Each House shall...Each House may...Each House shall...Neither House...the two Houses shall...” The point here is that while there are two Houses in Congress, it has become common to call one by its function and the other by its predicate, to wit: the Senate and the House. I call it laziness, our candidates owe it to us to declare for the House of Representatives or the Senate and not short-change it to “Congress.”

Another aspect of this syndrome is when people address one as Senator and the other delegate as Congressman. Both are members of Congress, if you call one of them Congressman, then they both must be so addressed. Congress is a generic term that applies equally to members of both Houses; Article I § 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.”  
Dick Wells

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