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Change the US Constitution

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by downtown, Jun 2, 2007.

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I would support:

  1. Judicial Reform: Federal Judges serve up to 15 years, not for life

    32.6%
  2. No More Flag Burning: New Amendment banning the burning of the flag

    7.8%
  3. Federal term limits: congressmen can only serve X amount of terms

    31.8%
  4. Repealing the 2nd amendment: hey, it worked for Europe??

    18.6%
  5. Abolishing the income tax

    25.6%
  6. Making Presidential Election day a national holiday

    50.4%
  7. Creating a national set of standards for election procedures

    44.2%
  8. Creating a civil service test for ambassadors

    22.5%
  9. The Arnold Rule: Allowing non-americans to serve as president

    39.5%
  10. Leave everything the way it is. the framers got it right the first time

    7.0%
  11. I have a different idea

    25.6%
  12. Creating a "safe district" in Ohio, so Downtown can get to Congress

    13.2%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. bhsup

    bhsup Deity

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    :eek: It's the cornerstone of the 1st Amendment.
    Amendment I

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
     
  2. Lockesdonkey

    Lockesdonkey Liberal Jihadist

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    Why do you care?
    Australians use it for the Senate; they use single-member STV (better known as instant-runoff) for the House of Representatives.

    I'll grant you it's a bit complex to count, but everybody's used to making top-ten (or whatever number) lists of things, so why not politicians?
     
  3. ParkCungHee

    ParkCungHee Deity

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    I support the "Arnold" ammendment, but I call it the "Kissinger" ammendment.

    But in reality I'd like to see an entirely new constitution set up.
     
  4. QuoVadisNation

    QuoVadisNation keeping your angel alive

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    I believe.. you're thinking about right to privacy. Freedom of speech is in amendment I. Right to privacy only came about around the 1970's.
     
  5. Princeps

    Princeps More bombs than God

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    I remembered wrong. Sorry -- i remembered that it was a law that was later made, not part of the constitution.

    Maybe I misread something.
     
  6. JollyRoger

    JollyRoger Slippin' Jimmy Supporter

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    Read the 4th Amendment. And the 3rd. And the Court case that brought the right to privacy out of the closet happened in the 1960's.
     
  7. .Shane.

    .Shane. Take it like a voter Retired Moderator

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    Interesting.

    Make it 25 and we're good.

    How about an amendment to ban the discussion of flag burning amendments? Or, how about this trade-off?

    I'm pretty torn on this. For now, I'm fine with how things are.

    I'd repeal it because it archaic and doesn't work with the reality of how and why people own guns today. I'd replace it with a new amendment authorizing gun ownership for personal defense and hunting.

    lol... no.

    I had a great way to do just that an it was met w/ disinterest. I'll quote myself:

    "... what better way to honor the service that veterans give their country than by merging Veterans day w/ the national election day?

    In the US we have our national election the first Tuesday of November, every year. We also have Veteran's day on Nov. 11.

    I think it would be awesome to merge them. Have the National election be the 2nd Tuesday of every Nov. (would be Nov. 8-14) and celebrate Veterans Day as well.

    This would be a better way to honor the sacrifices of Veterans AND increase voter turnout!"

    Yes please!

    And while we're at it, how about preference voting?

    meh

    Given we're a nation of immigrants, I agree, provided they have citizenship status.

    Let me add some of my own:

    Abolish the US Post Office

    Get rid of pennies.

    Legalize Prostitution

    Enact the death penalty for white collar crime

    Legalize marijuana

    Remove protection for corporations as "citizens".

    Legalize gay marriage or criminalize divorce.
     
  8. Stolen Rutters

    Stolen Rutters Deity

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    I don't like any of the options above. A civil service test for ambassadors is a good idea but should not be in the constitution. You should never put trivial or changeable things in the constitution unless you want to be stuck with it for awhile. The constitution is slow to change.
     
  9. JollyRoger

    JollyRoger Slippin' Jimmy Supporter

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    I think we need a "Defense of Marriage Amendment" which I assume criminalizes divorce.
     
  10. GoodGame

    GoodGame Red, White, & Blue, baby!

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    I'd still worry about 'moles', especially from some of the more spiteful or extremist nations. Forty years would satisfy my paranoia.

     

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