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  •  Also, that's sort of why we have a Judiciary (3+ / 0-)
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    Yes, the Legislature and the Executive will sometimes choose to do bad things that infringe on minority rights in unconstitutional ways.  That's why we have a Judiciary, to call foul on those attempts.

    The problem we have now is that our government is insufficiently representative of the People, neither what we really think or feel about issues, nor what's really best for us.

    We could definitely use some more democracy in our democratic republic.

    From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. -Immanuel Kant

    by Nellebracht on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 07:32:29 PM PDT

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    •  I think there is a trade-off (0+ / 0-)

      I've suggested in the past that a good way to get more democracy into the system is to convince social conservatives that their best hope for success against a Republican establishment that holds them back is to get on board with certain process reform ideas, such as instant run-off voting.

      One of my ideas would be to make it possible to amend the Constitution via either a national referendum (with some sort of super-majority requirement) or through a referendum in each state.  I think this makes it easier for good reforms, but also makes it easier for bad amendments to be attached to the Constitution.

    •  The problem is that we now have (0+ / 0-)

      a legislature and an executive that are choosing "to do bad things that infringe on" majority rights . . .

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:18:53 AM PDT

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