I just learned something rather interesting this morning when Speaker Education started following me on Twitter. The Speaker of the House of Representatives DOES NOT (Constitutionally) need to be a member of the elected body, though they always have been. (Ah, so many little details that we do not know about…)
The Speaker Education Project believes that Congress can bridge its divide by selecting a strong, non-partisan individual from outside of Washington’s political arena as its next leader. This type of transformation must begin at the local level, through engaged citizens actively questioning candidates about their stance on this critical issue. You have the power to help educate voters about the race for Speaker of the House, and have an impact on the choices the candidates in your district make by simply getting involved.
2. How is the Speaker elected?
Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution states: “The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers.” The Speaker is elected by roll call vote when each new House first convenes. Customarily, the conference of each major party nominates a candidate whose name is placed in nomination. Although the Constitution does not require the Speaker to be a member of the House, all Speakers have been members. Members normally vote for the candidate of their own party conference, but could vote for any individual, whether nominated or not. To be elected, a candidate must receive an absolute majority of votes cast, which may be less than a majority of full membership of the House, because of absentees of Members voting “present.” If no candidate receives the requisite majority, the roll call is repeated until a Speaker is elected.
Which, of course, got me thinking….
I do believe that somebody who actually embodies the Tea Party’s core beliefs of Ending The Fed (and stopping control of government by the big banks), Reducing The Size of Government, Repealing all of the ridiculous laws that have been put in place over the last 100 years or so, so and and so forth (I laid out my platform 3 weeks ago) should actually be installed as the next Speaker of the House. It would definitely take the agenda away from the mealy-mouthed, pansy, Republican leadership that wants to compromise with the very traitors that are destroying our republic at break-neck speed.
The current dark horses from Speaker Education’s website?
Sarah Palin, Bill Clinton, Rush Limbaugh, and General Petraeus.
How about Diamond Tiger, Independent, and Common Sense American?
Make sure to let your representative know that you want a real human being to be the next Speaker of the House!!