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    Re: Amend the Constitution to eliminate the Senate?

    Quote Originally Posted by johndylan1 View Post
    I agree, but courts have upheld gerrymandering for the purpose of creating minority controlled districts in the fight against racism. You might like that kind of gerrymandering, no?
    No. Courts tinkering with the legislative process is a bad thing no matter how laudable the goal.
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    Re: Amend the Constitution to eliminate the Senate?

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    Not really, the last line greatly inhibits that idea unless some state agrees to it.

    "The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate"
    No state is ever going to consent to losing representation.
    There should be Instant Runoff Voting

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    Re: Amend the Constitution to eliminate the Senate?

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    Lets not forget simply voting out politicians that are perceived to be influenced by money.
    There are many ways to address the corruption in lobbying. Banning people from having a voice to their authority is not a way.

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    Re: Amend the Constitution to eliminate the Senate?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    No individual leader or even group of leaders has the experience and knowledge to invite every perspective on an issue - regardless of morals.

    Problems are like gems with many facets. Perspectives are needed to ascertain those facets. No group is capable (regardless of morals or intentions) of accounting for all possible perspectives, they must be brought to the government's attention.
    The perspectives of industry insiders are ultimately predictable to any who is even vaguely familiar with the situations they face. Any challenges the government would require them to overcome for the good of society as a whole are insurmountable (even with record profits), at least not without subsidies (that aren't applied toward the problem anyway), they aren't making enough money and are basically poor (with record profits). Most importantly, they are hard working and deserve respect, almost like heroes (for pursuing their own self-interest at the expense of everyone else while demanding legislation which outlaws competition that would require they behave less viciously and evil in order to survive).

    Thus, the bank industry seeks to outlaw credit unions or regulate them into oblivion rather than adjust to a situation where they aren't making outrageous profits. The CEO demands a bailout because he is a job maker and thus basically provides a public service, even though all in all his company's existence is more beneficial to foreign nations and reduces the American middle-class to a power source for international expansion. Companies demand freedom (even personhood) while accepting none of the responsibility it entails when their money runs out.

    You don't need lobbyists to know that people are greedy and insatiable and feel the burdens of society should rest on someone who isn't them.

    A good ruler is capable of seeking out all the information he needs to make wise judgments. It is due to such abilities he should be elected to begin with.
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    Re: Amend the Constitution to eliminate the Senate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    You don't need lobbyists to know that people are greedy and insatiable and feel the burdens of society should rest on someone who isn't them.
    Now you're just spewing platitudes in the justification of banning groups from having a voice in their authority. Do you know Kim?

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    Re: Amend the Constitution to eliminate the Senate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    No state is ever going to consent to losing representation.
    They do when they add more states, but for this discussion, I agree.

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    Re: Amend the Constitution to eliminate the Senate?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Having two branches of Congress increasingly brings the government to a gridlock. The Senate was created when the federal government was going to have virtually no power for which each state was a quasi-independent country joining with others primarily for military defense. But that all ended with the Civil War and is ancient history.

    Why should the people and state of Wyoming have 7000% more political power than a Californian and California? Wyoming doesn't contribute 7000% more to the good of the nation. Shouldn't it be one-person-one-vote, rather than 1 vote for a California and 70 votes for a someone who votes in Wyoming? This also leads to massive out-of-state-money being thrown into low population states. The state of Wyoming and many other states have a total population that is only a fraction of just a major American city. I see no justification for that anymore.

    I think the Constitution should be amended to eliminate the Senate. This is not limited to the current Congressional mess at all. Rather, it is a growing problem overall and a serious question of the fairness of democracy/republic form of government.

    Your opinion?
    No, the idea was the House would represent the people and the senate the states. I know the 17th amendment probably did away with the senate representing the state giving the people voting power of electing their senators instead of the state legislatures appointing them.But think of this with just a president and the house. Go back to 2009 when the presidency and the house were both Democratic, one party control, no checks on what that one party could do. The Democrats could have passed massive tax increases on all, passed health care on all, Gun control on all, they could have passed any and all of their agenda. With one party control, lets say they passed a bunch of far left extreme legislation which all became law.

    now in 2012 lets say the republicans took the house and the presidency, they didn't like what the democrats had just passed. So they repealed all tax increases and set a flat tax at 5% on all, they repealed all health care laws, all gun control laws, and anything else they didn't like and then proceeded with their own agenda, passing far right wing stuff. Then 4 year hence, the Democrats regained power and they inturn repeal everything the Republicans did and re-passed and enacted what ever they wanted. Now the nations goes through these wild swings, from one side to the other, no middle ground what so ever. No even keel.

    The senate brings about an equilibrium. With its filbuster to protect minority party rights it prevents these wild swings. Like the senate or not, it helps keeps things and laws on a more even keel, more in the middle than what having no senate would do. It is not the senate that is broke, it is the elected officials who reside there. Politics is the art of the possible, politics is about compromise, give and take, working with the other party for the good of the country. Sure each party can have their political agendas, but be willing to take a couple of steps back by giving something to the other party in order to take three steps forward by taking something from the other party.

    Head strong leaders in the senate of my way or the highway mental frame is why so much ruckus and gridlock is going on. think back to when Dole and Mitchell were the leaders, not that old go back to Dashle and Lott. Differences were worked out and government worked. Take away Reid and McConnell, replace them with maybe a Alexander and Manchin, or a Collins and Tester or someone who do not think the other party is all about evil.
    This Reform Party member thinks it is high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first and their political party further down the line. But for way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.

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    Re: Amend the Constitution to eliminate the Senate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    No, the idea was the House would represent the people and the senate the states. I know the 17th amendment probably did away with the senate representing the state giving the people voting power of electing their senators instead of the state legislatures appointing them.But think of this with just a president and the house. Go back to 2009 when the presidency and the house were both Democratic, one party control, no checks on what that one party could do. The Democrats could have passed massive tax increases on all, passed health care on all, Gun control on all, they could have passed any and all of their agenda. With one party control, lets say they passed a bunch of far left extreme legislation which all became law.

    now in 2012 lets say the republicans took the house and the presidency, they didn't like what the democrats had just passed. So they repealed all tax increases and set a flat tax at 5% on all, they repealed all health care laws, all gun control laws, and anything else they didn't like and then proceeded with their own agenda, passing far right wing stuff. Then 4 year hence, the Democrats regained power and they inturn repeal everything the Republicans did and re-passed and enacted what ever they wanted. Now the nations goes through these wild swings, from one side to the other, no middle ground what so ever. No even keel.

    The senate brings about an equilibrium. With its filbuster to protect minority party rights it prevents these wild swings. Like the senate or not, it helps keeps things and laws on a more even keel, more in the middle than what having no senate would do. It is not the senate that is broke, it is the elected officials who reside there. Politics is the art of the possible, politics is about compromise, give and take, working with the other party for the good of the country. Sure each party can have their political agendas, but be willing to take a couple of steps back by giving something to the other party in order to take three steps forward by taking something from the other party.

    Head strong leaders in the senate of my way or the highway mental frame is why so much ruckus and gridlock is going on. think back to when Dole and Mitchell were the leaders, not that old go back to Dashle and Lott. Differences were worked out and government worked. Take away Reid and McConnell, replace them with maybe a Alexander and Manchin, or a Collins and Tester or someone who do not think the other party is all about evil.
    one could always hope for a senate majority leader like Mike Mansfield.

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    Re: Amend the Constitution to eliminate the Senate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    No. Courts tinkering with the legislative process is a bad thing no matter how laudable the goal.
    agreed, every man can vote his conscience apart from the color of his skin. I have never understood that type of court ruling.

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    Re: Amend the Constitution to eliminate the Senate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    I think computer software could be developed to draw districts in a way that is as uniform as mathematically possible while completely ignoring any demographic factors like race, age, party registration, etc.

    Trouble is, implementing this as a nationwide election requirement would have to be done by the very people who stand to lose from this change.
    very true; voters will have to demand it. Unfortunately, most don't recognize that gerrymandering is the root of the problem.

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