Thursday, March 18, 2010

Our elected officials work for us...

...and if they forget that, I like the idea that we can send them packing and find someone who does listen to us.


Tea partiers in New Jersey have moved one step closer to ousting a sitting U.S. senator that they say has shown "a total disregard for the people's wishes."

New Jersey Tea Parties United and the Sussex County Tea Party have joined forces to try an unprecedented way of sending a message to Washington: removing a senator through a recall vote.

A three-judge appellate panel ruled today that the New Jersey secretary of state must accept the tea partiers' notice of intent to recall Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and allow their joint recall committee to begin collecting the voter signatures needed to put the senator's name back on the ballot, two years before his term is supposed to end.

New Jersey is one of a handful of states that allows for the recall of its congressmen, thanks to a constitutional amendment New Jersey voters approved by a 3-to-1 margin in 1993.


history27 said...

What do yyou think of the legal challenge being posed by the attorneys General of some 38 states?

Purple Empire said...

I like it because our founders wanted the primary power of our nation to rest with the states. The Federal Government's primary purpose would be to defend our country.

history27 said...

The Federalists wanted a strong central gov't. The Anti-Federalists wanted the power to remain with the individual states. From the beginning of the country the idea of who had control has been intensely debated. Hamilton wanted central control. Madison wanted central control until he changed his mind and became a states advocate. The idea that all the founders were in agreement would not be an accurate one. The problem with making sweeping comments is that the process of history is a dynamic one not a static one. The same questions and arguements the founders had are still being had today. This fact alone makes the case for the dynamism of the founders.