View Poll Results: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

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  • Yes, we should be allowed to hold a popular vote whenever we want and recall them

    12 42.86%
  • Yes, we should be allowed to repeal them at special preset elections

    6 21.43%
  • Yes, we should implement a form of accountability other than voting them out of office prematurely

    4 14.29%
  • Yes, we should have an electronic election via cell phones or the internet whenever we want

    1 3.57%
  • Yes, we should have a protest, and if "x" number of people sign the congressman is recalled

    5 17.86%
  • No, however we should implement some form of accountability other than removing them from office

    4 14.29%
  • No, under no circumstance should we recall a congressman

    8 28.57%
  • Other (please explain)

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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I agree, but there are "legal" ways to bribe someone. Like behind closed doors promising a candidate an ambassadorship or a cabinet appointment if they vote a certain way. We may not have to remove them from office, but what I want to do is have them accountable to the people? What about the idea of having the state voters vote on a piece of legislation that could essentially null their congressman's vote if he is voting against the people?



    My vote is geared to all congressman and senators. I should have added "senators" to my OP, sorry about that. Regardless, isn't it still wrong even if it's just a 2 year term? They run on one thing but vote another way. We have corruption because they aren't held accountable to the people they are to serve.
    The 2 year term would most likely be up or very close to being up by the time the process to recall and replace the congressmen was completed

    First you would have a petition with enough signatures to force a vote on whether to recall the congressmen or not. Then you would have to have the actual vote on whether or not to recall them or not. Then you would have to have the vote on who to replace the congressmen.

    I couldnt see it being done within 18 month, leaving 6 months of being on the job for the congressmen.

    It may be a nice thing to be able to due, but it would be rather impracticle for congress, but viable for the senate
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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    I voted in favor of x number of folk.
    However what I would like to see is every elected person wear an explosive collar around their neck, should 75% of the electorate disagree with what they are doing or not doing and express their disapproval by pressing a button, that elected person head would vanish.

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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Should the people be allowed to cut short a congressman's term and recall him if his/her district no longer supports them? There are many congressman (the majority in my opinion) that run their campaign on talking points but don't deliver when they are sent to Washington. Congressman are supposed to represent their constituents and are servants to the people (not the other way around). There are many who are upset with candidates running on political platforms and doing the opposite when they are sent to Washington, their campaigns are a lie and they'll do anything to get that seat of power they are campaigning for. So I ask this question, should we be able to hold our elected congressman accountable to their constituents by being able to vote them out of office before their term is over? Should we have some way of removing them from power if they betray their constituents? I know many conservatives who are upset with RINOs and many Democrats who run on conservative values but betray them when they win the election. I don't know of any liberals who were sent to congress and betrayed liberal constituents (although I am sure there are some). Essentially, we see more and more loyalty to party ties and less and less loyalty to the people and the constitution. I believe we should have something in place to keep the congressman accountable to the people and not to their party. However, what method we should use I am unsure of. What do you all think?

    Yes, we should be allowed to hold a popular vote whenever we want and recall them


    I support that option as long as it is a certain percentage of registered voters who voted during the last election. For example if 200,000 registered voters participated(regardless of how they voted) in the last election then like 70-80% of that number of registered voters has to participate in the recall election in order for the recall to be valid.This is so that a recall election doesn't happen by a minority of voters.
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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I don't think so. What you are effectively talking about is a vote of no confidence, which exists primarily in parliamentary forms of government, which holds irregular elections.

    While Congress may be unpopular from time to time, it is at least stable. It prevents constituents from voting based on the spurs of the moment. We have elections on a regular basis and have so since our government was formed. I don't want to muck that up.

    If constituents are really against an incumbent, they'll vote them out of office in the next election.

    Instead, I think all Representatives and Senators should be forced to have an ombudsman who stays at the Congressman's office in their home district or state and serve as a go-between for the Congressman and for the Congressman's constituency. This way, while our Congressmen are away in Washington, D.C., our constituents can maintain their pipeline to their federal representatives.
    If you had a bad employee, would you wait 2-6 years before firing them? If the answer is no then why should tax payers have to wait 2-6 years to fire a bad employee? The tax payers should not have to wait 2-6 years to fire a bad employee. You wouldn't wait 2-6 years to fire a bad baby sitter, lousy gardener, or some other employee who does a shitty job. Why are politicians who are our employees exempt from being fired just like anyone else who does a bad job? Waiting 2-6 years to fire someone is a idiotic notion and will result in more damage being done by that bad employee.
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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    If you had a bad employee, would you wait 2-6 years before firing them? If the answer is no then why should tax payers have to wait 2-6 years to fire a bad employee? The tax payers should not have to wait 2-6 years to fire a bad employee. You wouldn't wait 2-6 years to fire a bad baby sitter, lousy gardener, or some other employee who does a shitty job. Why are politicians who are our employees exempt from being fired just like anyone else who does a bad job?
    Because an employer may have a contract with that employee.

    Because our governmental system was based around the idea of a social contract, the Founding Fathers wrote it that way. Politicians would serve their term and they would be insulated from short-term popular opinion by having a term for a set number of years before being re-elected.

    Also, it's not one boss firing an employee. It's a board of directors who are firing that employee.

    While a group of people may not like their representatives, only one representative can be chosen for a constituency. Because there are more bosses than there are employees, some of the bosses are going to be pissed off by what the employees do. Set terms also help insulate politicians from this aspect - that politicians are never going to make everyone happy.

    I don't mind elements of populism, but I think no confidence votes go way too far. Especially in America, where everyone wants instant gratification despite the reality that not everybody can get it.

    How about instead of asking for recalls we implement Instant Run-off Voting so we can get more moderate politicians in office that more voters can agree to?

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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Because an employer may have a contract with that employee.
    That employee has to do a good job regardless of that contract and can still be fired.

    Because our governmental system was based around the idea of a social contract, the Founding Fathers wrote it that way. Politicians would serve their term and they would be insulated from short-term popular opinion by having a term for a set number of years before being re-elected.
    So you would wait 2-6 years before firing a bad employee?

    Also, it's not one boss firing an employee. It's a board of directors who are firing that employee.
    Nothing wrong with that.

    While a group of people may not like their representatives, only one representative can be chosen for a constituency.
    If that representative does a bad job he should be fired as soon as possible before he can do anymore damage, not 2-6 years later. If companies operated under your logic that we should wait 2-6 years before firing someone then there would be no businesses or businesses would be doing poorly.

    Because there are more bosses than there are employees, some of the bosses are going to be pissed off by what the employees do. Set terms also help insulate politicians from this aspect - that politicians are never going to make everyone happy.

    I don't mind elements of populism, but I think no confidence votes go way too far. Especially in America, where everyone wants instant gratification despite the reality that not everybody can get it.
    This isn't about populism and instant gratification this is about firing a bad employee. Our elected officials are no different than any other employee on the planet, if they do a good job they keep their job if they do a ****ty job then they get fired on the spot or days later, not years or possibly over half a decade later. Politicians are employees of the tax payers, why do not understand that fact?
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    That employee has to do a good job regardless of that contract and can still be fired.

    So you would wait 2-6 years before firing a bad employee?

    Nothing wrong with that.

    If that representative does a bad job he should be fired as soon as possible before he can do anymore damage, not 2-6 years later. If companies operated under your logic that we should wait 2-6 years before firing someone then there would be no businesses or businesses would be doing poorly.

    This isn't about populism and instant gratification this is about firing a bad employee. Our elected officials are no different than any other employee on the planet, if they do a good job they keep their job if they do a ****ty job then they get fired on the spot or days later, not years or possibly over half a decade later. Politicians are employees of the tax payers, why do not understand that fact?
    But what you're not understanding is that there aren't a few employers and large number of employees. Rather, there are a large number of employers and a few number of employees. And the employees aren't going to make all the employers happy all the time. That's just a natural fact. Terms help insulate politicians against this fact. Someone you call a bad employee someone else may call a good employee. You make it sound like a good idea now, but you may think otherwise when congressmen you are for get ousted this way.

    Also, in our political climate, partisan politics would call for the recall of EVERY Congressman as constantly as they could. Because everybody is going to hate every Congressman for some stance they take, every side is going to constantly try to recall him so they can get their own Congressman put into office. This will cause in effect very short terms for our government officials and our government won't be able to do anything because the turnover will be too high. There will too much destabilization.

    Another thing: you didn't reply to my suggestion that in order to get more moderate politicians we adopt Instant Run-off Voting.

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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Should the people be allowed to cut short a congressman's term and recall him if his/her district no longer supports them? There are many congressman (the majority in my opinion) that run their campaign on talking points but don't deliver when they are sent to Washington. Congressman are supposed to represent their constituents and are servants to the people (not the other way around). There are many who are upset with candidates running on political platforms and doing the opposite when they are sent to Washington, their campaigns are a lie and they'll do anything to get that seat of power they are campaigning for. So I ask this question, should we be able to hold our elected congressman accountable to their constituents by being able to vote them out of office before their term is over? Should we have some way of removing them from power if they betray their constituents? I know many conservatives who are upset with RINOs and many Democrats who run on conservative values but betray them when they win the election. I don't know of any liberals who were sent to congress and betrayed liberal constituents (although I am sure there are some). Essentially, we see more and more loyalty to party ties and less and less loyalty to the people and the constitution. I believe we should have something in place to keep the congressman accountable to the people and not to their party. However, what method we should use I am unsure of. What do you all think?
    If you are speaking about your representative, this is a silly idea. They are elected for only two years. That is a highly accountable term. We have enough government waste without wasting more on recall elections.

    I'm sorry your congressman supported health care. Although it was the right thing to do, the right thing for you do to now, if you need, is to vote for the other guy.
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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    But what you're not understanding is that there aren't a few employers and large number of employees. Rather, there are a large number of employers and a few number of employees.
    That is totally irrelevant.


    And the employees aren't going to make all the employers happy all the time. That's just a natural fact.
    Then require that a recall election have the participation of a certain amount of registered voters. If most of the voters think the politician is doing a bad job then they should be able to fire that politician. You wouldn't keep employing a crappy gardener for 2-6 years just before firing him,that is too much time for him to further damage things.


    Terms help insulate politicians against this fact. Someone you call a bad employee someone else may call a good employee.
    If a enough people think that politician is doing a good job then that politician's job is safe, so there is no problem.


    You make it sound like a good idea now, but you may think otherwise when congressmen you are for get ousted this way.
    If enough people like me think the politician is doing a good job then that politician's job is safe.

    Also, in our political climate, partisan politics would call for the recall of EVERY Congressman as constantly as they could. Because everybody is going to hate every Congressman for some stance they take, every side is going to constantly try to recall him so they can get their own Congressman put into office. This will cause in effect very short terms for our government officials and our government won't be able to do anything because the turnover will be too high. There will too much destabilization.
    Usually with recalls there are some rules like no one outside the district pushing for the recall, there is also a petition process as well that requires a certain number of signatures and most of these do require that a certain percentage of registered voters participate.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    Quote Originally Posted by upsideguy View Post
    If you are speaking about your representative, this is a silly idea. They are elected for only two years. That is a highly accountable term. We have enough government waste without wasting more on recall elections.

    I'm sorry your congressman supported health care. Although it was the right thing to do, the right thing for you do to now, if you need, is to vote for the other guy.
    Why was it the right thing to do for him to vote for the healthcare bill when his constituents didn't want it? He is a retiring Democrat and doesn't care what we think. Corruption and a blatant smack to the face of the American people must be avoided. They all need to remember who gave them power and they should be accountable to them, not to party ties and bribes/sweet deals.

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