Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Facing a wave of deadly terrorism, President Vladimir Putin moved yesterday to reshape Russia's political system and give the central government dramatically increased powers, but his critics said the changes would threaten the country's young democracy and put it on a path toward dictatorship. ... Putin called for measures limiting the role of smaller opposition political parties, barring independent politicians from running for the national legislature, and effectively giving the president the power to appoint regional governors who are now elected.
Adopting this here at home would put an end to the need for those expensive recall elections, or resignations due to indictments or sexual scandals -- just have Our Noble Leader fire the turkeys. Now would be a good time to enact this, while he still has a majority in both houses.

Is it unconstitutional? Not if you run it by Diana Tony and the Supremes. Look at that aging blueprint. Not only did the Founders NOT require Governors to be elected, but they added (in Article IV, Section 4) "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government". Notice how they capitalized Republican, even before the party was organized. That shows almost divine foresight. It's way past time to enact that part of their original intent.

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