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View Diary: I Know You Think You Have a Constitutional Right to Vote - But You Really Don't. (160 comments)

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  •  It is certainly something we should look (12+ / 0-)

    to fix. But it hardly matters what the formal laws are if the power-holding people -- and there are no abstract historical forces and just moral impulsion, just people -- are corrupt.

    The Soviet Constitution of 1936, with terms hotly debated before passage in the Press and in party and workplace meetings, for instance, guaranteed:

    The constitution repealed restrictions on voting and added universal direct suffrage and the right to work to rights guaranteed by the previous constitution. In addition, the Constitution recognized collective social and economic rights including the rights to work, rest and leisure, health protection, care in old age and sickness, housing, education, and cultural benefits. The constitution also provided for the direct election of all government bodies and their reorganization into a single, uniform system.
    Sounds great, no? Stalin's Great Terror started in 1937, where people were just dragged off in the middle of the night to be murdered or enslaved. Millions of them. Despite the Constitution.

    Of the countries you list, I doubt we could find ten that aren't in the hands of criminals.

    Still, this is a worthwhile consideration. I see no reason a Constitutional Amendment wouldn't remedy at least the form of our government.

    I especially like the Peruvian Article 32 "All acts that limit or prohibit citizens from exercising their rights are null and punishable." If we had such an article I'd maybe change it to "punishable as high treason." Then let's see what Republican operatives do about misdirecting and frustrating voters like they do election after election.

    We live in a nation where doctors destroy health; lawyers, justice; universities, knowledge; governments, freedom; the press, information; religion, morals; and our banks destroy the economy. -- Chris Hedges

    by Jim P on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 05:47:45 PM PST

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