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    Re: New Jersey high court rejects bid to recall senator

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    What is popular is not always the correct thing to do - and what is unpopular is sometimes the best thing to do.

    Also what is unpopular one day could be popular the next day.

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    Re: New Jersey high court rejects bid to recall senator

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    Also what is unpopular one day could be popular the next day.
    How true.

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    Re: New Jersey high court rejects bid to recall senator

    Quote Originally Posted by texmaster View Post
    I have to say I disagree. The people's power should not be limited to every election. 6 years is a long time to wait and watch the damage continue without any recourse by the people.

    She accused the court of "judicial activism" and said the majority of the justices disregarded a 1995 amendment to the state constitution that established the right of recall for a sitting U.S. senator.

    If she is right about the ruling and they did ignore it its very troubling.
    Her logic seems pretty poor, considering that the court found that the federal constitution did not permit this. NJ can pass whatever laws it wants, but that doesn't trump the federal constitution.

    I'm not going to speculate as to the merits of the decision, but I agree with the policy. The Senate is supposed to be a check on the fickleness of the electorate. Allowing for recalls cuts directly against that.
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    Re: New Jersey high court rejects bid to recall senator

    Part of the reason we elect people is to make choices on our behalf which aren't popular.

    Part of the reason Senators get a term of 6 years is that their duties include subjects for which they need to be further removed from popular whim -- treaties, judgeships, cabinet positions, and so on.

    While recalling a Federal representative that pissed you off sounds really good in the heat of the moment, the fact is that if they have to watch for that at the same time that they're trying to do their job while pimping themselves out enough to get re-elected, they won't bother even trying to pretend to represent their constituents.

    Hell, if I was a Congresscritter (Bob forbid) and my constituents were waiting for me to screw up so that they could gleefully fire me -- especially considering the bull**** that is involved in getting elected to begin with -- I'd bide my time, do nothing to draw attention to myself, then sell my vote for a high enough price that I don't care if I get recalled or not.

    If I got the chance to sell it to someone whose interests directly contradicted those of my constituents, BONUS!
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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