Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Right to Recall the Rascals (U.S. Senators)

This has been rarely used but does exist. Maybe a few test cases around the country would put some "constituent fearing" conscience in those that say one thing while campaigning and then do as they please during their 6 years in office.

Both the Constitutional Convention and Congress itself in the 17th Amendment delegated election laws to the states themselves. In addition, the right of popular sovereignty is basic to all American governments. Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that “governments... deriv[e] their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

The proper conclusion is that the right of recall does remain with the citizens of each state, subject to the election laws of each state.

The Right to Recall the Rascals (U.S. Senators)

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