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    Re: Who are our representatives responsible to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    He was elected to give voice to the people, but not attempt to parrot their beliefs on every issue. He should run on what he believes and if that is unacceptable the people should not vote for him. It is designed to give voice to the people, but if it was just having the representatives agree with his constituents on every issue, people would directly vote on House legislation.
    yes to give voice to the people who elect him, we do not have a national government.... its a union of states.... he runs on a platform of beliefs he feels represents the people of his district.

    it would be impossible for the people to vote on every issue in the house, , they find it hard now to vote every 2 years.

    the representatives were given 2 years terms for a reason, , becuase if any actions they take which are against the people who elected them, the founders believed it would still be fresh in the minds of the people, to throw them out of office.

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    Re: Who are our representatives responsible to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    If that is the case why even have a representative? We could just run a set of polls on every significant vote/issue and use the average of those polls to decide how a district should vote. If a representative shouldn't be an independent voice capable of making his or her own decisions on the critical issues of the day then we should do away with the thing altogether.

    the house in the representation of the people....the people's interest..

    when i elect someone to the house, i elect him becuase he takes a position as close to mind, as i can find........so your telling me, he can run on a platform pandering to me, and then when elected, i am suppose to be ok with it if he goes off into another direction, and just say......."he exercising his own decision"....thats not how it works.

    he is a representative of the people of his district, that why they elect him to do their bidding.

    before the 17 amendment the senator was the representative of the state legislature of the state and did there bidding.
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    Re: Who are our representatives responsible to?

    Quote Originally Posted by ernst barkmann View Post
    yes to give voice to the people who elect him, we do not have a national government.... its a union of states.... he runs on a platform of beliefs he feels represents the people of his district.

    it would be impossible for the people to vote on every issue in the house, , they find it hard now to vote every 2 years.

    the representatives were given 2 years terms for a reason, , becuase if any actions they take which are against the people who elected them, the founders believed it would still be fresh in the minds of the people, to throw them out of office.
    I agree with everything you said. The two term limit is to make it easier for the masses to enforce their will. But it is not practical to vote on every issue solely the way that your constituents believe. You're elected as a representative to vote the way you believe on a wide range of issues. If the people have a problem with it, then within two short years they can kick you out and elect someone more in line with their beliefs. But it is not the politician's job to fall in line with what his constituents believe.
    There should be Instant Runoff Voting

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    Re: Who are our representatives responsible to?

    Quote Originally Posted by ernst barkmann View Post
    when i elect someone to the house, i elect him becuase he takes a position as close to mind, as i can find........so your telling me, he can run on a platform pandering to me, and then when elected, i am suppose to be ok with it if he goes off into another direction, and just say......."he exercising his own decision"....thats not how it works.
    I don't think that's what Sherman was saying. And it's not what I'm saying either. Politicians should run on what they believe and then act on it. The electorate should then vote for the candidate closest to their views.
    There should be Instant Runoff Voting

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    Re: Who are our representatives responsible to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    I don't think that's what Sherman was saying. And it's not what I'm saying either. Politicians should run on what they believe and then act on it. The electorate should then vote for the candidate closest to their views.

    ah!... then i have misunderstood both of you then.

    one thing i saw in the op, was about the general population.

    some believe that their representative should vote the way the polls dictate....even if its against that representatives platform.

    sometimes bills are good for one part of america and not other parts,....which is why nation wide polls are not a good determining factor for politicians.

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    Re: Who are our representatives responsible to?

    Quote Originally Posted by ernst barkmann View Post
    the house in the representation of the people....the people's interest..

    when i elect someone to the house, i elect him becuase he takes a position as close to mind, as i can find........so your telling me, he can run on a platform pandering to me, and then when elected, i am suppose to be ok with it if he goes off into another direction, and just say......."he exercising his own decision"....thats not how it works.

    he is a representative of the people of his district, that why they elect him to do their bidding.

    before the 17 amendment the senator was the representative of the state legislature of the state and did there bidding.
    Well the logical remedy I would think would be to oust this person from office the next time an election rolls around. Congressman only have a two year turn around time so you don't have to wait long if you feel your representative has not served the interests of your community.

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    Re: Who are our representatives responsible to?

    Quote Originally Posted by sherman123 View Post
    well the logical remedy i would think would be to oust this person from office the next time an election rolls around. Congressman only have a two year turn around time so you don't have to wait long if you feel your representative has not served the interests of your community.
    you exactly right, that is why the founders stated 2 year term on purpose, to keep their representatives actions fresh in their minds for the next election.

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    Re: Who are our representatives responsible to?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Who are our representatives responsible to?

    Senators and Representatives.

    Should they answer to their constituents? Should they bend to the will of the population in general? Should they do what they feel is "right"?

    There are other examples in history, but let's go with the current political climate. Those on the left decry the "Tea Party's" efforts to thwart virtually everything the President and the Dems want to do. I don't think that's really disputable, but... so? If that is what their constituents want, then isn't it their job to do so?

    And at what point does representing one's own constituents become just counter-productive?
    The Congress (and all federal officials) swears to the following oath:
    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

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    Re: Who are our representatives responsible to?

    They should be responsible to their constituents, they frequently act responsible to their big money supporters/lobbyists

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    Re: Who are our representatives responsible to?

    It's the other way around. You don't vote a representative because your checklist looks like theirs, you vote for them because they think like you. It stands to reason then that they would vote much like you would if you had all the information they have.

    My Representative is Tom Graves.

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