Thursday, March 30, 2006

Sisyphus Open Thread Pays Off

In today's S.O.T. Sisyphus writes:

I mostly approve of the work done by the framers of our Constitution, but one mistake they made was forbidding titles of nobility (Article 1, Section 9). I could see myself as an Earl or a Duke (but not a Marquise – that sounds too French).

The StarTribune was able to come up with a clever idea to get around the electoral college (Article 2). Maybe they can come up with an idea to get around this prohibition against titles of nobility.

The Bard of New Brighton will be happy to learn that there is a way around it that's far less sneaky than the Strib's stupid electoral college thing. Art. I, Sec. 9, cl. 8 of the Constitution provides:

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.

Note the language here: " No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States". This clause prohibits federal governmental bodies from granting titles of nobility. There is no such prohibition on the state governments, or for that matter on me, from dubbing some guy the "Earl of Frogtown" or the "Mayor of Fridley." And a cursory glance at the Minnesota Constitution contains no such prohibition (a search for the terms "nobility" or "noble" across the Minnesota Statutes and constitution yields 0 hits).

All must now refer to me as The Viscount of Love.

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