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Thu Nov 26, 2020, 09:20 AM

Let's put the United States Electoral College to task!

Last edited Thu Nov 26, 2020, 10:52 AM - Edit history (3)

I say we abolish the Supreme Court, and let the Electoral College vote on these cases. We go to great trouble to form this slate every four years, and they only perform a single function (and poorly at that).

This has a number of advantages over the current scheme:

1) These delegates will only serve for four years instead of having lifetime appointments
2) These delegates are volunteers, so we can lay off the nine justices and recoup all the employment costs
3) These 538 delegates provide their own remote offices, so we can repurpose the Supreme Court building for something better
4) The damage a single rogue or "faithless" delegate can cause is quite limited

The Supreme Court justices have been voting strictly along partisan lines of late, so their votes are entirely predictable. So to that end, we don't need all these fancy-schmancy Juris Doctor degrees. We can task Tom, Dick, and Sally with these cases and get pretty much the same majority rule outcome without all the fuss.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 09:23 AM

1. i hate to be the bearer of bad noews BUT nothing can or will happen concerning anything that require

 

a constitutional amendment so we need to entertain serious policy and actions going forward if we are to make any change at all

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Response to beachbumbob (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 09:38 AM

3. I agree. The constitution needs severe amending but I dont see that happening

But I think there can be really good federal legislation that could pre-empt many of the cases that would be destined to the SC. In effect, we could remove much of the "power" the SC wields and turn them into more of an administrative body.

All we need is legislation that grants/affirms rights. Then state laws limiting rights would be irrelevant because of the prevailing federal laws.

Federal laws prevailing over state laws has long established precedent. If the SC were to overturn that idea, we would open ourselves up to seperate but equal laws returning.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 09:30 AM

2. I'd rather put a stop to the promotion of impossible, foolish ideas

for changes in our system.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 09:54 AM

5. What about satirical ideas for changes in our system?

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Response to Shermann (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 10:23 AM

8. As I have learned, satire on DU must be signaled in some way

to distinguish it from other posts that propose silly things, but are not meant as satire.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 10:29 AM

10. What can you do. Many here just seem to skim and retort.

If it helps, THIS IS SATIRE people. I know reading eight full sentences is asking a lot.

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Response to Shermann (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 10:33 AM

11. Well, I do it in several different ways.

I write satirical posts fairly often, usually in the form of a fake news story. For those, I indicate that it is satire by putting BROKEN: at the beginning of the title.

I also include the ;sarcasm; smiley at the end of the post.

I signal satire in other ways within the content of the post as well, but those got missed too often and confused some DUers. So, I added more direct and clear indications of satire. Even so, some miss the satirical nature of the post.

Satire is difficult to pull off, I'm afraid, here on DU.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 10:37 AM

13. Fair enough

I added the ;sarcasm; emoji to the OP but it doesn't seem to work?

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Response to Shermann (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 10:50 AM

16. You have to surround the word with full colons, not semi-colons

I used the semi-colons so you could see what the word is to use.

colonwordcolon is how you do it. No spaces, either.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #16)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 10:52 AM

17. Nice, thanks! nt

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Response to Shermann (Reply #17)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 10:54 AM

18. Or, just click on the smilies button,

click on the ... at the bottom and voila, the icon appears.

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Response to Shermann (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 10:37 AM

12. The problem being that there have been threads that are dead serious

about abolishing, term limits, etc concerning the SC, so how do we know, without some indication that it's satire, it's not a serious proposal?

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Response to dware (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 10:39 AM

14. It's a sign of the times that you can't differentiate between absurdity and reality

I'm trying to update the OP

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Response to Shermann (Reply #14)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 10:49 AM

15. ...

It's a sign of the times that you can't differentiate between absurdity and reality


Ain't that the truth, and all propagated by Pissolini and his enablers.

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Response to Shermann (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 12:11 PM

19. Tell me about it.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 10:21 AM

6. Having "ideals" are fine but realistically discussions should be grounded in reality of actually can

 

happen. Starting out with fantasy concepts makes getting to reality tough. Changes to constitution will just NOT happen in any forceable future

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 09:40 AM

4. Ok, now,

all you have to do is convince the Congress to take up the task of a Constitutional Amendment, get 2/3rd's of the Congress to vote aye, and then put it to the States for ratification, which requires a 3/4th's vote for ratification.
Easy peasy.

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Response to dware (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 10:22 AM

7. last time it happened?

 

a different America which is never coming back

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Response to beachbumbob (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 10:27 AM

9. ...

27th
Delays laws affecting Congressional salary from taking effect until after the next election of representatives
September 25, 1789
May 5, 1992
202 years, 223 days








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