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Response to sibelian (Reply #51)

Sun Aug 30, 2015, 12:16 PM

58. There are various proposals to amend the U.S. constitution

in all sorts of different ways. Some of the perennial favorite proposals are: to reform the electoral college system for selecting the president in favor of direct election, to establish term limits for Congress, and to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (the Equal Rights Amendment was passed in both houses of Congress but narrowly failed to win ratification by the required number of states.)

There is no widespread movement to replace Article 1 Section 4 that I'm aware of.

Your "fairness" argument -- such as it is -- is unconvincing. You say that if there is a group of distinct, independent, political entities (the states) who each have the authority to put forward their choice for a national leader, then "fairness" demands that each state conforms to the practice of every other state. You propose that the truth of this is self-evident.

The U.S. constitution and federal law includes guarantees and requirements that elections in the states are internally consistent and fair. The U.S. constitution recognizes the states as independent political entities with the authority to put forward their choice for a national leader, independently and without regard to what other states choose to do.

Your argument says that fairness demands that states must give up their independence and autonomy to freely determine who they would put forward for national leadership.

There is nothing inherently unfair about a group of independent entities holding independent, internal deliberations over their choice for collective leadership. I would suggest that that is self-evident.

(P.S. : Twice you've suggested that my perspective is the product of simple "familiarity" -- as if I'm unwilling or incapable of objective, critical examination of the American political system. That's mildly annoying.)

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