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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:32 PM

why don't we have ballot issues for federal laws ..

. I am sure fight over guns laws will be resolved quicker if they are put to vote ..

and we can bypass the fucked up senate on this as well

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Reply why don't we have ballot issues for federal laws .. (Original post)
srican69 Dec 2012 OP
pipoman Dec 2012 #1
srican69 Dec 2012 #3
pipoman Dec 2012 #5
kelly1mm Dec 2012 #2
Recursion Dec 2012 #4
loyalsister Dec 2012 #6
ProgressiveProfessor Dec 2012 #7

Response to srican69 (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:39 PM

1. Because the law is

and hopefully always will be, deliberative by design. It is designed to not allow for simple, quick changes based on momentary public sentiment.

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Response to pipoman (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:44 PM

3. but isn't that less democratic ... and far easier for lobbyists to manipulate..


If the people see that they acted in haste .. they can always reverse themselves next time around....

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Response to srican69 (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:57 PM

5. Maybe, but we live in a republic based on democratic principals, not a democracy..

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Response to srican69 (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:39 PM

2. You would have to amend the constitution to allow that. including not only congress, but also 38

states ratifying the amendment.

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Response to srican69 (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:45 PM

4. California

They can wind up with a real mess

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Response to srican69 (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 04:06 PM

6. One of the good things about states rights

We have individual state constitutions. Most of the laws that are relative to our daily lives are state laws and one state cannot and should not speak for another.

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Response to srican69 (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 08:20 PM

7. Many states do not have it either

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