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November 21, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Let’s draft a new Constitution

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Many people are protesting limited gun control. Why? If somebody wants to create mayhem, they will, as evidenced most recently in Boston. What we need to do is throw away the Constitution and draft a new one that the public — not our so-called leaders — votes on. The original Constitution was drawn up to protect the public from over-governance, but it’s been bastardized and laden with amendments. Times change.

We also need to do away with the present political-pay structure. Let current politicians be grandfathered in now, but eventually let the public vote on their salaries and retirement benefits instead of letting them dictate these terms to us.

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  1. The Constitution itself doesn't need to be scrapped, but there are amendments that need to be looked at and where necessary changed to reflect the 21st century that we live in. The founders never figured that the government entities that they created would become totally polluted by ideology, and that lobbyists would actually be pulling strings on their bought and paid for puppets in Congress. The Supreme Court needs a thorough housecleaning as well. No lifetime appointments would be a good start. The court is presently a tool of the right wing, and politics, not unbiased interpretation of the law is the order of the day

  2. Scrap the U.S. Senate, keep the U.S. Constitution.

    Carmine D

  3. I hesitate to ask which amendment(s) the writer feels are too much of a burden for us. And yes, times do change. That's why there have been 27 amendments to the Constitution. Ten of these are the Bill of Rights and one repeals another one.

  4. "The original Constitution was drawn up to protect the public from over-governance, but it's been bastardized and laden with amendments. Times change."

    Altemara -- I see you neglected to mention which amendments you consider to be the bastards. Until you do you've only shown us you haven't thought this through.

    "The Supreme Court needs a thorough housecleaning as well. No lifetime appointments would be a good start. The court is presently a tool of the right wing, and politics, not unbiased interpretation of the law is the order of the day"

    ressince73 -- not just the Supremes. Follow the local federal judges? They're appointed for life, too, and over the decades have tweaked the law to the point there's nothing anyone can do about bad judges. A judge can literally sign anything and that entire branch of government gives it the benefit of the doubt. The only cure is a years-long, byzantine appellate ritual. Locally, Dawson is the worst. He doesn't care -- he doesn't have to. He gets to retire with full benefits and be lauded as the honorable public servant he isn't.

    "Scrap the U.S. Senate, keep the U.S. Constitution."

    CarmineD -- it would be better to scrap the entire government, reboot it completely. It's the only way to get rid of all the malware, virii, trojans and bloat. Best would be to get serious about impeachment and perjured oaths -- something assured to never happen with this body politick.

    "Such arrogance and assumption of power by one individual is not acceptable in our judicial system." -- Townley v. Miller, 693 F.3d 1041 (9th Cir. 09/05/2012), about Judge Jones, the Nevada federal top judge

  5. "CarmineD -- it would be better to scrap the entire government, reboot it completely."

    That's what the mid-terms in 2014 will do.

    Carmine D

  6. "we're witnessing a revival of 1950s-style McCarthyism from the right."

    Are you referring to the latest I.R.S. scandal? Targeting GOP conservative entities for undue government scrutiny and harassment. As I recall, this was an article of impeachment, using I.R.S. to target the opposition, against Richard M. Nixon. Only this time, it's a democrat president and administration.

    Carmine D

  7. Hey Kipp,

    Let's don't.

    Purgatory

  8. @Carmine...."Targeting GOP conservative entities...". Actually they were targeting groups which claimed to be independent, non-partisan and engaged in social welfare, not politics. Are you suggesting that GOP conservatives were actually setting up independent, non-partisan social welfare organizations to act as front groups? Fifth columns, if you will? That would be a violation of the tax code, yes? Isn't that what investigators from the IRS are supposed to do? Investigate possible fraudulent activity and protect the integrity of tax law and code?

  9. Are these "Thoughts along the Yellow Brick Road"?

    What bastardized amendments are you talking about? Be specific, don't just spray the room with tooth decay.

  10. "As I recall, this was an article of impeachment, using I.R.S. to target the opposition, against Richard M. Nixon."

    I really hope the GOP attempts to impeach President Obama over Benghazi and the IRS scandal. They would end up looking like fools and clowns just like the last time they tried to impeach a president.

    The Constitution of the United States is the basis for a democratic-republic EXPERIMENT. That is why we have three powers to decide, judge and understand how the Constitution should be enforced or amended. If you don't like what your representatives are engaging in while in Washington, the simple solution is not to vote for them. Contrare to their behavior they are supposed to represent the voice of the people not lobbyists hauling around envelopes of cash.

  11. Step 1: SCOTUS. Take your issue to court, then appeals court, then Supreme Court. The biggest hurdle is often "standing to sue" since courts have ruled that individuals often don't have standing unless they can sight specific harm.

  12. Pat:

    Are you saying TEA party entities are independent?

    Carmine D

  13. "I really hope the GOP attempts to impeach President Obama over Benghazi and the IRS scandal."

    Be careful what you hope for, you may get it!

    Carmine D

  14. CarmineD: When you go fishing, you begin by going where there are fish to catch: Lake Mead - yes, Great Salt Lake - not so good.

  15. chuck333 - "Soooooo I don't think anyone looked like a fool except maybe Bill oh and of course Hilary for putting up with him. LOL"

    Obviously you didn't watch the proceedings or followed the outcome. Republicans suffered from political fallout at the end of another so-called conspiracy.

    CarmineD - "Be careful what you hope for, you may get it!"

    I can only wish. Americans would be reminded of the insane conspiracies conservatives dragged out years ago and the current off the wall conspiracies against Obama. A number of the bat crap crazies can't control themselves and often say the most outrageous things.

  16. At 2:18 Chuck333 commented "Vernos I do believe that Bill Clinton was the last president that was impeached by the House for obstruction of justice. Soooooo I don't think anyone looked like a fool except maybe Bill oh and of course Hilary for putting up with him. LOL."

    The Republican'ts didn't look so hot - filing for impeachment and then not being able to PROVE it? They are still doing that - Putting their mouths in motion but not putting their brains in gear.

  17. Mr Altemara apparently labors under the illusion that the Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms. It does not.

    The entire premise of the First, Second and other amendments is that the rights delineated within them are mans natural rights or God given rights if you prefer, and cannot be taken away by man as they don't come from man but from his humanity. They are, natural born rights.

    Thus, throwing away the constitution and drafting another would make no difference. The inalienable right to free speech, assembly, religion, to bear arms and the others codified in the US Constitution will be with us as long as man exists and that is the point of the US Constitution.

    As for throwing away the Constitution, Mr Altemara again seems to misunderstand the entire genesis and point of it. The Amendment process provided for within the Constitution takes into account any need for change and establishes an orderly and legal process for it that protects both it and the people.

    It sounds as if Mr Altemara is prescribing anarchy take the place of the amendment process and that we abandon the foundation of our country which makes us what we are. Perhaps some in depth experience in one or more of those places that do not have the benefit of such a foundation and the rule of law would be of benefit to his understanding.

  18. Benghazi, Libya, IRS targeting Conservative GOP tax exempt groups, Justice Dept. secretly confiscating AP emails....this is a pattern of government corruption, cover up, and abuse.

    It's not conspiracy theories when it's truthful and factual.

    Carmine D

  19. Kip, Good luck with that. Let me know how that works for you.