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Old Today, 05:26 AM
 
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If so, how would you rewrite it to be a more perfect Constitution.
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Old Today, 05:34 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I wouldn't, just enforce what is in place. Our fore fathers new change would come and built in a system of checks and balances and a way to add to it.

My biggest change would be to use the electoral college as a tie breaker not who is picked. Put popular vote first, electoral second not get rid of it.
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Old Today, 05:52 AM
 
Location: OH->FL->NJ
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Im in the center but
1) Gerrymandering illegal. Districts MUST be drawn in a neutral fashion. Including state and local.
2) Term limits for congress. Say 18 years total house and senate.
3) Paid lobbying illegal.
3a) Congresscritters and immediate family banned from being lobbyists forever. Including work arounds like speech making. (Yes I realize double covrage)
5) Money is not speech and is considered the amplification of speech and is subject to limits for self lobbying.
6) Voter ID required. Said ID is free.
7) ballot harvesting illegal except for specific person carrying specific ballot of a person for whom they have a specific power of attorney.
8) Something to allow for more antitrust enforcement across the board. Not just google that the GOP hates but ALL monopolies/ dualopolies, oligopolies.
9) Ranked choice instant runoff voting with proof printed 2 part card. Part 1 kept by voter, part 2 kept as check by voting dept. Shorter federal campaigns including primary reform.
10) Modify the EC to proportional + 2 for winning the state or similar possibly skewed toward the winner more but. Force the GOP to try in CA and Dems in TX. Possibly modify it to skew toward the winner more but aiming at more than 12 states being in play for the presidency. Balancing small state power vs more states in play. Not sure of exact formula.
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Old Today, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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If so, how would you rewrite it to be a more perfect Constitution.
They'd simply dig into the trash bin of history and dust off the former Soviet Union's constitution. A totalitarian utopia for the left.
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Old Today, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Haiku
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If so, how would you rewrite it to be a more perfect Constitution.
The modern era is way different than what we had in 1786. Here is what I would change:

2A - remove the bit about a well armed militia. Such a thing has not been used in 250 years - we replaced a citizen militia with a standing army long ago. In fact I would remove 2A all together and let each state decide what they want to do with guns.

The Constitution needs to clarify that corporations have no protected rights. SCOTUS has given entities other than citizens all kinds of rights not explicitly disallowed in the Constitution.

The Constitution needs to rewrite 1A to account for the electronic/Internet age in which communication is far more immediate and volatile than it was 250 years ago.

Voting and representation needs to be updated. We have the ability to vote instantly using the Internet which means we could bypass having a house of Representatives. Immediate voting by the public would also allow people to vote on issues which would weaken the two-party system we have and thus tamp down the hyper-partisan atmosphere that has evolved.

The Constitution needs to add a national referendum or initiative like many states have. This will allow the people to bypass politicians who have been bought off by special interests or have personal agendas.

Class-action decisions by SCOTUS need to be limited to say, 10 years and the Congress needs to take up each SCOTUS decision and vote on it. SCOTUS right now is creating permanent law. Congress should be creating law, not SCOTUS. Doing this would largely depoliticize the Supreme Court.

Equality vs. Liberty need to clarified because religious rights are in conflict with non-discrimination rights at times.

I believe the Constitution need to state whether healthcare is a right.
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Old Today, 09:19 AM
 
Location: North America
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If so, how would you rewrite it to be a more perfect Constitution.
No, I wouldn't.
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Old Today, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Florida -
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I wouldn't, just enforce what is in place. Our fore fathers new change would come and built in a system of checks and balances and a way to add to it.

My biggest change would be to use the electoral college as a tie breaker not who is picked. Put popular vote first, electoral second not get rid of it.
So, in other words, you would replace the electoral college altogether, except for the minuscule possibility that the national, popular vote came down to a one-vote tie?
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Old Today, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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The Constitution is pointless.

Rights aren't granted from a piece of parchment.
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Old Today, 09:33 AM
 
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Get rid of the pesky third amendment. Our national heroes should be able to lay their heads wherever they choose.
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Old Today, 09:39 AM
 
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Yes.


The Bill of Rights would be at the beginning of the new constitution. The presidency would be separated into 2 parts: 1. head of state (the new president) elected by the people and 2. head of government elected by the house (a prime minister).


The new constitution would change the USA from the tripartite system into a modified parliamentary system. There would be 1 house member for every 200,000 citizens (about 1,600 today). The republocrat duopoly would be abolished and replaced by multiple parties. This is true democracy.


The Senate could not legislate but its purpose would be to 1. approve or disapprove legislation passed by the house (the president would also have to disapprove a bill in order for a veto), 2. review Supreme Court decision as a check on that branch (now unchecked), 3. impeach the president, federal court justices and the prime minister 4. approve treaties, 5. investigate corruption in all branches of government and 6. act as a unicameral legislature when the house is dissolved due to a 'no confidence" vote.
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