Nope. It would be really douchey to forbid a guy's kids from ever holding any political office just because he did--maybe little Joey wants to grow up to be a senator just like daddy.
No, not at all. European citizens fought with blood over the 18th and 19th centuries so that rule over a nation isn't defined by blood and ancestry. Yes, we de-throned house Habsburg-Lorraine. Does that mean we should ban Karl von Habsburg from the European parliament, or from Austrian politics?
No. If people elect him, then he should be allowed to exercise his rights as an elected politician. Same goes for other royalty in Europe, and the same goes for the many notorious families in the USA, like house Kennedy, house Clinton and house Bush. (It feels so weird to write their names like that. Oh dear.)
Yes. The spouse, children and siblings of someone should be banned from holding any political office beyond a local level.
The most egregious cases are the children running for what they call their parent's political seats, though wives of political figures have also landed Senate seats after the man died.
We risk nepotism and corruption on an incredible scale when we automatically vote in people on the basis of family relationships, creating an aristocracy. And we limit the turnover in government positions that prevent the corruption long time service enables.
Then there's the fairness factor - where you lose out by saying that the other 99% of the population isn't qualified because they aren't part of the in group. Family businesses start to fail when they choose relatives who are mediocre instead of hiring great talent, and tolerate bad behavior because someone is related to the boss. And nations do the same when they make the same decision.
by Justin Earick 4 years ago
While a 28th Amendment stating that corporations are not people and money is not speech would be ideal - how about compulsory voting? What if we used the carrot approach - say increasing tax-credits for voting in primary, mid-term/off-year, and local elections? The more active the...
by JOC 2 years ago
America already had trust issues with Clinton after the e-mail server. Comey basically called her out and told us she lied to our faces on that one. One server - not. Never shared classified e-mails - she surely did.Then you've got proof that the Democratic National Committee...
by Josak 4 years ago
Some thoughts:No campaign contributions allowed all campaigns are funded by a tiny flat tax every party receives a given amount to publicize their views so long as they can get say 50 000 party members. Yearly full IRS audit for all major elected officials.A limit on legal fees for any court case...
by Ralph Schwartz 5 months ago
Rumor has it that the AZ governor will appoint Cindy McCain to succeed John “songbird McCain to the US Senate - haven’t we had enough of dynastic politics in America? Thoughts?
by Dillon James 6 years ago
How can political corruption be effectively challenged?
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