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Article 1, Section 1

All legislative powers
All (inclusively) law-making authority

herein granted
given anywhere in this document (the Constitution)

shall be vested in
shall (NOT “should”, “can”, etc.) be held completely by

a Congress of the United States,
an assembly of representatives of the United States

which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives (I can’t break that down much further)


My notes:
“shall” has been used for centuries in law to mean there is no deviation from what is written…it is a ‘must’.

This short, simple section says so much. “ALL” law-making powers that the Constitution intended to grant (“herein”) will rest solely (“(SHALL) be vested in”) with the Congress…not the President or Supreme Court, or members of the President’s cabinet.


© 2011 Ike Chisholm

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