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Thread: What Part of the Constitution Would you change?

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    Re: What Part of the Constitution Would you change?

    OK an interstate highway is a major road. Do you believe people have a right to express their "dissent" by shutting down interstate highways thus blocking other citizens from engaging in their private lawful business?

    Do you believe citizens have a right to carry out their private lawful business without interference from other citizens even if those citizens are practicing their right to "dissent"?

    The right to assembly is the right to "peacefully assemble", is mounting a protest, I mean a dissent, which shuts down commerce in the business district of a city "peaceful assembly"?
    The real question is "Should people expressing a pro-life view be subjected to laws that people expressing pro-choice view are not?

    Is it consititutional to say that Pro-life people cannot demonstrate on a major highway because it would be "blocking other citizens from engaging in their private lawful business" and then turn around and say that it is ok for a pro-choice group to demonstrate on that same highway?

    The point is that the ban on flag burning has everything to do with the emotionally charged content of the idea being expressed. If they banned the use of fire altogether it would be a different story.

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    Re: What Part of the Constitution Would you change?

    I'd take out first the 16th amendment, followed closely by the 17th being tossed.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: What Part of the Constitution Would you change?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I'd take out first the 16th amendment, followed closely by the 17th being tossed.
    Why would you get rid of direct election for senators? It makes more sense to me that people, in this age of high education and high information, should be able to pick who represents them in the senate. Why would you scrap it?

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    Re: What Part of the Constitution Would you change?

    The Senate was not meant to represent the People, the People are represented through the House. The Senate represents the States, the States have interests too which must be represented in the federal government. It was a huge removal of a check on the power of the federal government when the States were removed. House of the People, Senate for the States; you get well more of a check on federal power that way.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: What Part of the Constitution Would you change?

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    This actually isn't a half bad idea. The best part is that it has a built in check so that as higher earners (presumably) vote down social service spending, more people will become net tax payers and be able to push back.

    The only problem I see is that I have no idea how it would be enacted...we vote for legislators who handle tax issues among other things. We couldn't remove the right to vote in general for non-net taxpayers, so would all tax measures have to be voted on by the public? Seems to be very difficult to enforce.
    true its a wish not a reality. a better way is giving net tax payers more votes proportionate to the amount of taxes they pay
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    Re: What Part of the Constitution Would you change?

    Quote Originally Posted by the makeout hobo View Post
    Why would you get rid of direct election for senators?
    It changed it from a deliberative body to a political body.
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    Re: What Part of the Constitution Would you change?

    -Congresspeople should have term limits. The longer they stay, the more powerful they become
    -Executive orders should be cut down to things the president has direct constitutional authority over and matters of national security, and all others should be banned
    -It should be made more difficult for the Supreme Court to make decisions contrary to ones they've made before -- especially cases where a rule is made about legal procedures, since they were not taken into account in previous cases.

    There's more I'd like to change, but I won't go too far into it. Our system is great, sure, but there's lots we could do to make it better.

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    Re: What Part of the Constitution Would you change?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    I'd make an amendment banning neo-cons and extremist liberals.
    Nice try, good luck on this one.
    Obviously, a Hitler stands not a chance, but "close ones" ?? We simply do not have the quality of men to enforce this one....
    I voted "other", as most here did.
    Without a ton of study and true debate, I would not change a thing..

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    Re: What Part of the Constitution Would you change?

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    I would make a new amendment providing the president of the U.S. the line item veto........
    I agree with this one, and there is such irony here. Clinton tried the line item veto, and Republicans took him to court, where it was declared unconstitutional. Of course, I understand why Republicans sued Clinton. He was trying to do something that the Constitution said he cannot do. Still, the irony here is so thick you can cut it with a knife. I only wish that Republicans would have supported the Constitution with as much zeal after Bush took office.
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    Re: What Part of the Constitution Would you change?

    I would just add a small branch of government to examine hard-depotism and soft-depotism laws in this country.

    Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country is overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" that might degrade it. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people.

    For more: Soft despotism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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