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No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Are We A Republic, Or Are We Becoming An Aristocracy?

As a republican (this doesn't mean the GOP), I am firmly opposed to granting "a life title" of elective office to someone. Such as calling a person Senator, or Governor AFTER they leave public office. As a republic, we as a nation should be steadfastly hostile to individuals using "titles" after they leave public office. It's only a short leap to personal titles becoming family one.

That short leap leads to families "owning" political offices (see the Roman Republic's Senatorial families who inherited seats in the Roman Senate). The Senate seats in Massachusetts came dangerously close to this with the Lodge families and then the Kennedy families. This is inimical to the principles of those men and women who rejected monarchy in favour of a republican form of government.

We should reject using "courtesy" titles and return to our republican roots.

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