Archive for April 2009

Do American citizens need the power to recall elected officials?

April 3, 2009

       Every day the need for WE THE PEOPLE, US voters, to be able to remove corrupt, inept, incompetent, and ideological extremists from elected office becomes more apparent.  That’s true for politicians…right and left.  My apologies to good public servants — Yes, there are many.
       Let’s look at the evidence.  Alphabetically – Governor Blogajevich, President Bush, Senator Dodd, Representative Frank, President Obama, Senator Martinez, Speaker Pelosi, Senator Stephens, and on and on.  These characters vary from being political thieves and gross incompetents to individuals who believe our Constitution is only fit for toilet paper.
       Before you chuckle and dismiss the possibility, consider this proposal.  Every 1st Tuesday in November all members of the House of Representatives, Senate, and the President would be subject to a confidence vote.  It would be a simple process.  Each voter would check __ I Approve  __ I Don’t Approve of all officials who represent them.   This would not impact the normal constitutional election cycle.  All Representatives would continue to stand for re-election every two years, Senators in their six year rotations, the President each four.
       If an official received a NO CONFIDENCE vote of 60% or more he would be immediately removed from office.  Each state would replace the removed official (Rep. or Sen.) through a means of their choosing.  Eg. – Governor appoints replacement, special election, etc.  In the case of the President receiving a NO CONFIDENCE vote,  the Vice President would assume the office until the following November at which time an interim election would be held to determine a new President for the remainder (if any) of the term.   The 60% provides protection to officials and the electorate against temporary shifts in political sentiment and minority ideologies that vote in-mass that could skew results. 
       What are the Pros and Cons of such a Constitutional Amendment?  (That’s for the people, not politicians.) 
       Pros?  First, longer term office holders won’t be able to ignore the will of their constituents with impunity.  Second, inept, corrupt, and ideological zealot officials can be quickly removed from office before they can do continuous serious damage to the country.   For example, the current administration is trying to “Import votes” and take steps to stay in perpetual power.  This is is designed to deny many constitutional freedoms to segments of the citizenry.  Third, it makes all politicians more responsive to the people they represent, not to vicious scum groups like “Move on” or “Swift Boat.”  Lastly, it would make the office of Vice President far more important for the potential of that person becoming President would increase.
      It costs some money, some will say.  All one has to look at is the Bush/Obama bailouts and budgets to realize spending for an annual “election” is chump change compared to having an incompetent or a communist in office.  There is the inconvenience of having to (sigh) vote every year.  If you can’t see the disaster not voting causes, look at what’s been in the White House for the last 4 year’s and socialist zealot that is in there now.
      The states could adopt a similar procedure, hold the vote concurrent with the federal event, and keep governors and other state office holders responsible to the voters.  That lets We The People get rid of a Doggo like Blogo.
      If you don’t think the politicians FEAR We The People having this capability, try contacting your senators, etc. and asking them for information on what is required to initiate the change.  Or (joke of jokes) contact the White House.  Those folks think the Constitution is something rolled on a paste-board cylinder that hangs on the bathroom wall.  Senator Mel Martinez’s office has said they’d get something to me regarding initiating an amendment 7 times, dating back to the illegal immigration amnesty fiasco.  I haven’t seen anything, yet.
       There may be a better way.  Fine lets find it!  But, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or Independent, this is something We The People need for it’s evident most politicians forget who put them in office the day after the election.  All you Tea Party people, isn’t this a way to make the true change this country needs?   Lets get the grass roots of America to demand the RIGHT OF RECALL.   I’d like to hear from those who agree and what can be done to get this started.