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    Who are our representatives responsible to?

    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?
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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?
    Good idea for a thread.

    In general I think politicians should do what they feel is right. They should run on their own beliefs, and if elected then act on them. For situations that arise while they're in office they should generally do what they think is best and face the voters for those choices in the next election. Perhaps if their own belief goes against a clear overwhelming majority of their constituents they should heed them, but in general I don't think politicians should be constantly trying to figure out what the slight majority of their constituents want against their own beliefs in order to position themselves for re-election. Rather the politicians should stand up for what they believe in and then face the public for re-election.
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    Re: Who are our representatives responsible to?

    I've always felt it is a combination of what the constituents want and what they think is right. Most times they should be what your constituents voted for, but sometimes judgment calls are the right calls. Granted for this to apply though it requires Congress to not be whining and acting like five year olds.
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    Re: Who are our representatives responsible to?

    They should vote based on what they think is right, frankly most Americans too stupid to have intelligent opinions about the issues that the government deals with and even those that have semi-intelligent opinions don't have one for absolutely every issue and problem.

    Any Congressman who wants to be a good Congressman would employ a whole staff of experts on the wide varity of issues that he has to vote on, average citizens don't have that kind expertise at their finger tips over even the education to understand it if they did. That way he can have the best information, the best analysis, to make the best choice.

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    Re: Who are our representatives responsible to?

    They are responsible to their investors while delicately balancing their careers.

    And I don't mean that they don't care but this is their career and it pays very well if you can put a few terms in. You get bigger backers once you're a winner. I'm pretty sure that their country is very much in second place when decisions are made.

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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?
    Elected officials are responsible to their constituents, the rest of the country doesn't vote for them.
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    Re: Who are our representatives responsible to?

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    I've always felt it is a combination of what the constituents want and what they think is right. Most times they should be what your constituents voted for, but sometimes judgment calls are the right calls. Granted for this to apply though it requires Congress to not be whining and acting like five year olds.
    IOW, complicated issues don't have simple answers.
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    Re: Who are our representatives responsible to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    Good idea for a thread.

    In general I think politicians should do what they feel is right. They should run on their own beliefs, and if elected then act on them. For situations that arise while they're in office they should generally do what they think is best and face the voters for those choices in the next election. Perhaps if their own belief goes against a clear overwhelming majority of their constituents they should heed them, but in general I don't think politicians should be constantly trying to figure out what the slight majority of their constituents want against their own beliefs in order to position themselves for re-election. Rather the politicians should stand up for what they believe in and then face the public for re-election.
    our representatives are suppose to represent the people that elect them, and do their bidding....that is why the house was created a democracy, of direct election.

    my representative does not present you, or your beliefs, or other parts of this nation ,and he is not elected to do his own thing., that is also why he has a 2 year term, to keep him close to the people he represents.

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    Re: Who are our representatives responsible to?

    Quote Originally Posted by ernst barkmann View Post
    our representatives are suppose to represent the people that elect them, and do their bidding....that is why the house was created a democracy, of direct election.

    my representative does not present you, of your beliefs, and he is not elected to do his own thing., that is also why he has a 2 year term, to keep him close to the people he represents
    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.
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    Re: Who are our representatives responsible to?

    Quote Originally Posted by ernst barkmann View Post
    our representatives are suppose to represent the people that elect them, and do their bidding....that is why the house was created a democracy, of direct election.

    my representative does not present you, or your beliefs, or other parts of this nation ,and he is not elected to do his own thing., that is also why he has a 2 year term, to keep him close to the people he represents.
    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.

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