” Its my understanding that the Speaker doesnt HAVE to be a sitting Congressman.”
Yet the Speaker is 3rd in line. Things that make you go - HHhmmm..
With the Vice President as Senate ‘leader’, the states then had control of who succeeded the President, and after that the people, with the house.
Oh, good catch! I never realized that.
The 17th Amendment is probably in the top three unrepealed bad amendments for screwing the country up, the other two are the 14th and 16th; respectively they did the following: destroyed representation of the States in the federal government, destroyed state-sovereignty by opening the gateway to the judicial tyranny that is 'incorporation' & opened anchor-baby issues & forbids the legitimacy of the government's debt from being questioned, and allowed the progressive income tax (arguably re-instituting slavery, but instead of private slave-holders everyone's master is the federal government).