Comments on: Post-Partisan: Fixing our ideological divide Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: iyouwemwus Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:16:48 +0000 AMENDMENT CONCERNING ELECTION OF FEDERAL OFFICERS
Section 1: ARTICLE II, Section 1, Paragraphs 2 and 3 to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed and superseded by this amendment. Henceforth, the President and the Vice President shall be elected directly by a popular vote of all citizens 18 or over on Election Day, as determined by the Congress and approved by the President in accordance with the Constitution.
Section 2: Amendment XII and Amendment XXIII shall be superseded by this Amendment except for the following sentences of Amendment XII:
The person having the greatest number of votes for President shall be President
The person having the greatest number of votes for Vice President shall be Vice President
No person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice President of the United States.
The President and Vice President shall not be an inhabitant of the same state.
Section 3: Each member of the House of Representatives shall represent no more then 250,000 +/- 12,500 citizens. As the nation’s population increases or decreases the number of House member will increase or decrease to accommodate this requirement. Congressional Districts shall be compact and drawn along state, country, city, town and village lines wherever possible to accommodate equal representation. In some instances, election district boundaries may have to be used but in no case can election districts be divided except in accordance with state, county and local laws. In cities with a population greater than one million (1,000,000) Congressional Districts need not be compact but drawn in such a manner so as to reflect the various ethnic, cultural and neighborhood interests, differences and diversities residing within our country.
Section 4: Any state with a population of five million (5,000,000) shall be able to elect another Senator and receive an additional Senator for each additional increase in five million citizens. All Senators shall be elected at large and represent the entire state in Congress.
Section 5: The Congress shall have the power to establish by law all procedures pertaining to the election of President and Vice President including: the certification and transmission of election results, a sorting and winnowing process of potential candidates, voter identification, guaranteeing each citizen the right to vote in secret and ensuring each vote is counted.
Section 6: Federal judges shall have the power to review and adjust Congressional District boundaries to better reflect Section 3, but the compliant must come from within the Congressional District(s) with an accompanying petition signed by ten per cent (10%) of those residing within the district(s).
Section 7: a. Any state having fewer than 250,000 citizens shall be guaranteed one representative and two Senators.
b. The District of Columbia may elect representatives in accordance with its population and Section 3.
c. The District of Columbia being once a part of Maryland may take part in electing Senators from Maryland.
Section 8: The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

By: ericf Tue, 29 Oct 2013 05:27:41 +0000 That’s wrong about RCV having a connection to Minneapolis having 35 mayoral candidates. We have a $20 filing fee with no petition requirement. We had frivolous candidates before we had RCV. Blaming RCV for this is like blaming RCV because campaign season was rainy.

By: tralfamadoran Tue, 29 Oct 2013 01:22:10 +0000 A far more representative group of legislators would be selected by making all seats at large, to allow those widely dispersed interest groups an opportunity for representation.

I used to live in Pete Olson’s congressional district. Looking forward to voting against him again, I was dismayed to find, that without moving, I had been transferred to Al Green’s district. I suspect that was because of the dark blue demographics in my neighborhood.

By: Acetracy Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:04:10 +0000 Soros too easily dismisses the affect of gerrymandering Congressional districts. Even though according to the US Constitution that the US House of Representatives is proportional to population (unlike the rich man’s Senate), Democrats represent 1.4 million more voters (much smaller than the actual population of their districts) than the Republicans represent in the House. That’s why the US no longer has a democracy.

Look at the Congressional district maps in GA, NC, MISS, PA, etc. and you’d think it was a drunk’s new jigsaw puzzle. Back in the 1950s the Warren Court ruled one man one vote against the South’s county unit system which changed the South dramatically for about 20 years. Then Republicans took over and democracy took a nose-dive.

Soros ignores the fact that Mississippi has 25% illiteracy, 35 % poverty, nearly 40% minorities yet Republicans control everything from Governor, State House, US Senate, etc. No logical explanation how that can be and still be a democracy.

There is no great ideological divide in the US. The vast majority of AMericans want to tax the rich, make corporations pay their taxes, have national healthcare overage, preserve Social Security, and support our public education. It’s only Mr. Soros’ billionaire class that keeps rolling out PR from the conservative think tanks that say otherwise.

What is surely undemocratic is that you and I are most likely paying a higher tax rate on our income(include sales, real estate, local, state, federal income, excuse and social security – all taxes) than Jonathan Soros pays on his dividends and hedge fund income.

By: Tamalpais Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:37:25 +0000 What is the definition of “moderate”?
What is the evidence that “more moderate” legislative bodies make better public policy than “less moderate” legislative bodies?
What is the evidence that “more moderate” candidates gain more votes than “less moderate” candidates?