A heavily indebted, mismanaged, and overlooked economy entrapped within the deadly headlock of its richer neighbor and asserted “motherland”, Puerto Rico finds itself sinking further into a true crisis. One that the folks in D.C. aren’t concerned about because, frankly, we don’t compare Puerto Rico to “true American soil” regardless of the territory being locked into a forced monetary union.
Over seventy chairs would be vacant — abandoned, even — by 1861, but the reasons have various degrees of acceptability. Some of these men resigned to become ministers, secretaries in the cabinet, or ambassadors. A few, like George W. Scranton of Pennsylvania’s 12th district, died. Some even resigned to enter the Union Army itself. These chairs, of the seventy, would be filled after the short periods of incumbent elected periods ended. But, nevertheless, it seems like the 36th Congress of the United States would have been a considerably unproductive one, with multiple representatives resigning, being expelled, or withdrawing from duty. How can anything be done if there is no communication? How can politics continue without compromise and with secession?
Imagine if we’ve had a President for eight years, and he cannot run for a third term (or four more years) according to the twenty-third amendment in the Constitution. Because his term ends on January 20th, the incumbent Vice President’s term ends as well. There may not be a term limit for vice presidents (meaning Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders could technically pick Joe Biden as their Vice President, although this is incredibly unlikely), but his current term ends on inauguration day, when the new President-elect and his own Vice Presidential candidate get sworn into office. Regardless…what happens if the president-elect, the person who has been elected president but has not yet taken up office, dies before inauguration day?