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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-28-06 06:44 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 06:49 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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  -Is it time for a Constitutional Convention ? jaysunb  May-28-06 06:22 PM   #0 
  - Not with these neocon c*cks*ckers driving the bus, it isn't.  robertarctor   May-28-06 06:27 PM   #1 
  - I guess I should have added  jaysunb   May-28-06 06:32 PM   #4 
  - Since the Constitution was ratified, there has been no convention  TechBear_Seattle   May-28-06 07:26 PM   #21 
  - Could the framers have thought of that possibility ?  jaysunb   May-28-06 08:10 PM   #24 
     - I think the allowance in the US Constitution was made...  TechBear_Seattle   May-28-06 08:47 PM   #33 
  - What you said. nt  linazelle   May-28-06 11:10 PM   #42 
  - good idea but only if...  ananda   May-28-06 06:30 PM   #2 
  - That's a great idea*  shance   May-28-06 06:30 PM   #3 
  - My problem with a new convention is  rpannier   May-28-06 06:34 PM   #5 
  - That's a very, very valid fear, especially your 2nd point. In fact...  Selatius   May-28-06 06:46 PM   #10 
  - Agreed  jaysunb   May-28-06 07:01 PM   #18 
  - Plus it might just be considered treasonous.  Terran1212   May-28-06 08:12 PM   #25 
  - Not yet  sweetheart   May-28-06 06:35 PM   #6 
  - Be careful what you wish for...  Buns_of_Fire   May-28-06 06:37 PM   #7 
  - Sure... I'll play.  D__S   May-28-06 06:38 PM   #8 
  - I'd be in favor of one; introduce a little more democracy in the US  Selatius   May-28-06 06:44 PM   #9 
  - That's what I'm talking about !  jaysunb   May-28-06 08:33 PM   #29 
  - Recalling Elected Officials  PADemD   May-28-06 09:12 PM   #34 
  - You don't change horses in midstream  OldLeftieLawyer   May-28-06 06:47 PM   #11 
  - I;ve been waiting for you to weigh in here......LOL !  jaysunb   May-28-06 09:41 PM   #37 
     - You ever read the Amendments?  OldLeftieLawyer   May-28-06 09:51 PM   #39 
        - I think this may apply....  jaysunb   May-29-06 02:10 PM   #47 
  - No way  dflprincess   May-28-06 06:52 PM   #12 
  - A new convention would break up the United States.  Toucano   May-28-06 06:54 PM   #13 
  - Would a dissolution be so bad in the end?  Selatius   May-28-06 07:04 PM   #19 
     - But there's no guarantee a dissolution by convention would be peaceful.  Toucano   May-28-06 08:34 PM   #30 
        - Maybe. Maybe not. The Soviet Union dissolved mostly peacefully  Selatius   May-28-06 10:08 PM   #40 
           - Not quite  Toucano   May-29-06 12:05 AM   #44 
              - Those cases are bad, but the Balkan situation predated Soviet influence  Selatius   May-29-06 06:43 AM   #45 
  - Not a Good Idea  pooja   May-28-06 06:57 PM   #14 
  - Welcome to DU  jaysunb   May-28-06 07:16 PM   #20 
  - Not now, what would end up getting amended?  treestar   May-28-06 06:59 PM   #15 
  - Constitutional Convention  SeaBob   May-28-06 06:59 PM   #16 
  - I wouldn't too many politicians involved.  jaysunb   May-29-06 02:47 PM   #48 
  - We should switch to a parliamentary system.  Odin2005   May-28-06 07:01 PM   #17 
  - If we had a parlimentary system...  Biernuts   May-28-06 08:22 PM   #27 
     - If by parliamentary he means proportional representation, then no  Selatius   May-28-06 10:10 PM   #41 
        - I ment Parliamentary with PR.  Odin2005   May-28-06 11:41 PM   #43 
  - It's time for a new gov't. Our Constitution allows us to dissolve  FloridaPat   May-28-06 07:30 PM   #22 
  - We don't need a convention to enact changes  Sgent   May-28-06 07:31 PM   #23 
  - The constitution is made for the people by the people  pooja   May-28-06 08:15 PM   #26 
  - Its a great debate to have right now  zippy890   May-28-06 08:25 PM   #28 
  - The thing that scares the hell out of congress is the idea of  Biernuts   May-28-06 08:39 PM   #31 
  - Welcome to DU and  jaysunb   May-28-06 09:45 PM   #38 
  - I bet Bush and Crew agree  Freedom_Aflaim   May-28-06 08:43 PM   #32 
  - We don't need a new constitution  HamDon   May-28-06 09:29 PM   #35 
  - I would say the best thing we could do  TransitJohn   May-28-06 09:38 PM   #36 
  - I say start from the ground up.  Philosoraptor   May-29-06 06:46 AM   #46 

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