reply to post by TrueAmerican
The real problem comes by figuring out what to do afterwards. After the federal empire is overthrown what do we replace it with? I say education and
It is not the constitution that has failed us.
It is our lack of understanding the constitution that has failed.
We must insist that the law of the constitution be enforced and applied to all. Otherwise it is exactly what Bush called it. And, while I do not think
we should ditch the constitution , I do think we should add some amendments.
Lets us examine my problem with the federal empire before I make my suggestion.
The president is elected by the electoral college (who are polled who they will vote for before they get appointed to their position) and not by the
popular vote. The president appoints supreme court justices who answer to none and hold their office for life. Only one side of congress has the power
to accept or reject the appointment and that is Senate. Meanwhile the House of representatives does not even seem to be able to retain the authority
over direct taxation. In fact they seem alot more concerned with polling constituents and re-drawing district lines rather than addressing the
problems of you and I.
So to correct the problem I offer the following amendments:
Election of the president by popular vote and dissolve the institution of electoral college.
Ten year terms for Supreme court justices.
Leave the Senate as it is.
No term limits for any federal office. (If we get a good politician in an office we should be allowed to keep him in office if we so choose)
And finally and most radically I purpose we dissolve the house of representatives and in its place institute a House of the people.
We have abysmal representation as it is now. We have abysmal representation because we trust others to speak for us with out speaking for ourselves.
Some people will say anything to get into office and you know that. The best way to protect ourselves from people willing to give false promises is to
represent ourselves. We could do this via the internet. We could make it secure by installing new hardlines devoted to no other purpose. It would also
create some jobs if we did. But most importantly, it would allow us to speak for ourselves.
The idea of self representation in government is discouraged by the current government because it takes power away from them and places it directly
into the hands of the people. The argument is made that we do not have enough time to read all the legislation or that we lack the education to make
sound decisions and yet our current legislators can not find the time to read all the bills the vote on and as far as an education goes, I trust that
the you are at least educated enough to read,write and use the net. But consider this, would you have voted yes to the invasion of Iraq? When
schools need new books and the roads have potholes in them would you vote yes to a 2% increase in taxes to cover the costs or would you vote no and
continue to let your kids learn from old books as they are driven them to school on shooty roads?
This last one is one of the most important.
To put it another way, I trust you more than I trust Ted Kennedy. I would rather that you and I vote on the next issue than some representative that
will say whatever to get into office.
Please remember my words here.