The Militant Libertarian

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Congressional Roulette - a New Constitutional Amendment Proposal

I don't know how to write this up all flowery and fit it into amendment terms, but here's the idea I have for a new Constitutional amendment: Congressional Roulette.

In the House of Representatives, each morning at the call to order, the Speaker of the House has three revolvers laid out on the desk in front of him/her. Each of those pistols has three bullets in it and three empty chambers.

When Representatives stand to introduce a bill to the House, they must first stand before the Speaker to play a game of Congressional Roulette. The chamber is spun, the gun pointed at the Rep's head, and the trigger pulled. If the hammer falls on an empty chamber, the Rep may then propose the new law. If not, there will be a short recess as a cleaning crew comes in to gather the remains for burial.

On the flip side of the coin, if a Representative proposes the rescinding of an existing law on the books, that Rep gets a free ride, no Roulette.

When one pistol runs out of live ammunition, it is retired and the next is used, in sequence.

The same rules would apply to the Senate, except the number of pistols would be reduced to two.

In both cases, if at any time the guns all run empty before the day is through, the day is automatically called as over and business is adjourned.

Vacant seats will be filled yearly, at regular election intervals (as needed), but no sooner. So a district whose Representative finds him or herself dead is SOL until the next election. Same in the Senate.

I feel that this law will give proper perspective to the jackasses in Washington and perhaps curb their enthusiasm for their lawmaking powers. I'm open to suggestions as to how to implement this for proposed amendments to legislation as well.

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  • At 2:51 PM, July 13, 2009 , Blogger Militant Libertarian said...

    If we sold raffle tickets to visitors to D.C. for the honor of getting to spin the chamber and pull the trigger, we could probably pay off the national debt pretty soon too! Just a thought.

  • At 6:53 PM, July 13, 2009 , Blogger D. C. Russell said...

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  • At 6:55 PM, July 13, 2009 , Blogger D. C. Russell said...

    First try messed up:

    Breaking the oath of office and voting for a bill that violates any provision of the Constitution should be a felony leading to forfeiture of office and a permanent ban on holding any office of public trust in any level of government.

    Sponsoring a bill that violates any provision of the Constitution should be a capital felony.


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