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Representatives. I wanted to be one of them. There were no single member districts.
To get elected it was necessary to run county-wide and receive a majority vote. I lost
such an election in 1962 and 1964. Subsequent to those races a constitutional question
was raised in Federal Court about the fairness of such at-large elections. Ultimately a
Supreme Court decision styled Baker v. Carr held such elections unconstitutional and
ordered re-districting by the State Legislature. In 1966 I ran for election to the State
Senate from one of the newly created districts and won. It was the Constitution of the
United States embodying the principle of equal representation which made it possible
for me to attain office.
To this point I have mentioned amendments and court decisions which stretched the
Constitution to include me. An understandable next question is whether the product of
the Philadelphia Convention contained anything which could stand the test of time
unaltered and unamended. The answer is an unequivocal yes.
1. We have a republican form of government in which the people are sovereign.
2. Our government is organized into three co-equal branches which check and
balance each other.
3. The doctrine of separation of powers underlies the government to better secure
the liberties of the people.
4. No king or monarch can come to power in America.
5. This is a government of laws wherein the rule of law prevails.
6. The Constitution and all laws made in pursuance of it are declared to be the
supreme law of the land.
7. We are a union of states.
All that and much more constitute the "Miracle at Philadelphia." I am an unabashed
and proud celebrant of the Constitution of the United States.
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Jordan, Barbara, 1936-1996. Reflections on the Constitution, article, July 14, 1987; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth616608/m1/5/: accessed May 14, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas Southern University.