WorldCitizen: What percentage of Americans voted on the US Constitution? Yeah.Constitution writing seems to be a tricky thing. You want your best, brightest, and most rights supporting people writing them. But how do you get those people? Popular vote? Then you end up with politicians who are probably none of the above. So say you go by appointed figures who are to be the best, brightest, and most rights supporting. Oh, but wait, who is it that appoints them? And then once it's written, do you have a popular vote to approve it? If yes, though, doesn't that smack of having a majority vote on what rights people do and don't have...which can lead to a majority vote on the rights of minorities.It's a messy business.
Doktor_Zhivago: Only 35% of the electorate turned out. THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE
brantgoose: unless the Opposition completely boycotts the Election.
Triple Oak: I would still be in favor of an updated American Constitution. Specify a separation of church and state, and a right (when you're of age and not a felon) to vote without laws like IDs, among other things. That way the Constitution-thumpers can shove off about how literal a 200-some year old document is compared to our current lives.
cptjeff: It is, and this Constitution is substantively better than the last one- largely because popular opinion was kind of shoved aside. The first one elected a representative constitutional assembly, which meant the islamists got what they wanted. This one was just a put everybody in a room, and don't allow any faction other than the military to dominate on their issues. As a result, they got a more balanced document with more protections built in. The military is guaranteed a very strong role and given some distasteful powers, but they phase themselves out over time.
Infernalist: Should it be pointed out that the Constitution was a minor complaint and was being addressed by the judiciary, but that Morsi's unilateral changing of that Constitution is what provoked the crisis?
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