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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-28-06 07:44 PM
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9. I'd be in favor of one; introduce a little more democracy in the US
Edited on Sun May-28-06 07:49 PM by Selatius
We should re-adopt the Constitution except

1. Eliminate the Electoral College and elect the president through popular vote.

2. Give citizens the ability, through petitions, to recall House/Senate legislators if they have done something to offend the will of the people.

3. Give citizens the ability, through petitions, to challenge legislative action if the legislature has done something contrary to the interests of the people.

4. Give citizens the ability, through petitions, to bypass the legislature and pass laws directly if Congress proves recalcitrant, delinquent, etc. in carrying out the will of the people.

5. Give citizens the ability, through petitions, to recall sitting presidents.

When it comes to removing legislators and presidents, for example, you should be given the right to lodge a petition half-way through a particular legislator's term. If you are able to gain enough signatures equal to, for example, two-thirds the number of votes the particular legislator won in the last election, then a recall referendum will be set within, say, 90 days of the certification of the petition. If 60 percent of all votes are in favor of removal of that legislator, then that legislator's term ends immediately, and a new election will be set to fill the seat.
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