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ulTRAX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-21-04 10:29 AM
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DEMOCRACY 101: how hard should it be to reform the Constitution?
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I suspect that most believe that the Constitution should be NOT easy to amend. Yet if it's too difficult, there is the obvious danger that at best government can become unresponsive to each generation.... and at worst: reform-proof.

So what is a REASONABLE hurdle to jump to amend the US Constitution?

Should the formula remain based upon states... which means it's subject to changing demographics which is giving a dwindling minority increasing power to thwart all amendments?

Should the hurdle be states that represent a given percentage of the US population?

Should amendments be put to a popular vote during Congressional or Presidential election years... then need super-majority to pass?

What if it took two such election cycles to insure an amendment had broad popular support and was not subject to the passions of the moment?

Your thoughts?
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  -DEMOCRACY 101: how hard should it be to reform the Constitution? ulTRAX  Mar-21-04 10:29 AM   #0 
  - I can't see a reason to change the current system....  Dookus   Mar-21-04 10:33 AM   #1 
  - Well said  Muddleoftheroad   Mar-21-04 10:37 AM   #2 
  - but what's the hurdle?  ulTRAX   Mar-21-04 10:45 AM   #6 
     - I like the current hurdles  Muddleoftheroad   Mar-21-04 11:23 AM   #13 
        - please address the questions....  ulTRAX   Mar-21-04 12:39 PM   #22 
           - The direct answer to your question is:  Dookus   Mar-21-04 12:43 PM   #23 
           - if you want to play that game....  ulTRAX   Mar-21-04 03:19 PM   #28 
              - because ONE senator, while being the deciding vote,  Dookus   Mar-21-04 03:26 PM   #29 
           - I did answer your question  Muddleoftheroad   Mar-21-04 04:01 PM   #31 
  - that wasn't the question  ulTRAX   Mar-21-04 10:42 AM   #4 
  - they did answer it, status quo since it is apparantly working fine  arewethereyet   Mar-21-04 10:46 AM   #7 
  - what's the basis for that opinion?  ulTRAX   Mar-21-04 11:02 AM   #9 
     - Huh?  bowens43   Mar-21-04 11:40 AM   #18 
        - No one who believes in democracy would EVER defend the EC  ulTRAX   Mar-21-04 12:51 PM   #25 
  - I understand what your question was....  Dookus   Mar-21-04 10:46 AM   #8 
     - let me ask you this....  ulTRAX   Mar-21-04 11:04 AM   #10 
     - The percentage of the US population that can block ANY  Dookus   Mar-21-04 11:12 AM   #11 
        - not my question...  ulTRAX   Mar-21-04 11:20 AM   #12 
           - It WAS your question  Dookus   Mar-21-04 11:24 AM   #14 
              - THIS was my question....  ulTRAX   Mar-21-04 11:31 AM   #15 
                 - Senators are part of the US population  Dookus   Mar-21-04 11:35 AM   #17 
                    - since when is a direct question a technicality?  ulTRAX   Mar-21-04 12:29 PM   #19 
                       - No need to get snippy  Dookus   Mar-21-04 12:35 PM   #21 
                          - enough excuses  ulTRAX   Mar-21-04 12:44 PM   #24 
                             - Except that I HAVE answered the question repeatedly  Dookus   Mar-21-04 01:01 PM   #26 
     - there have NEVER been any REAL reforms to the Constitution  ulTRAX   Mar-21-04 04:10 PM   #32 
  - No, NOT well said!  cryofan   Mar-21-04 04:00 PM   #30 
     - the framers did a GREAT job..  ulTRAX   Mar-21-04 04:13 PM   #33 
  - Very Hard  new_beawr   Mar-21-04 10:38 AM   #3 
  - very hard what?  ulTRAX   Mar-21-04 10:43 AM   #5 
  - I think that they got it right the first time.  bowens43   Mar-21-04 11:35 AM   #16 
  - on what basis is your opinion based?  ulTRAX   Mar-21-04 12:33 PM   #20 
  - The republican answer  sweetheart   Mar-21-04 01:24 PM   #27 
  - Here are my answers and thoughts:  Scottie72   Mar-21-04 04:52 PM   #34 
  - Depends on what kind of reforms you are talking about  cryofan   Mar-21-04 05:28 PM   #35 

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