Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Grover Norquist's Proposed Constitutional Amendment

Norquist wants to end electoral nepotism:

A bipartisan revulsion at this recrudescence of an aristocracy – Democrats think there have been too many Bushes, Republicans think there have been too many Clintons – has led concerned citizens (OK, me) to launch a campaign to enact a constitutional amendment to ban this practice. The draft now circulating was written by the legal scholar Bruce Fein and reads:

Section 1. No spouse, sibling or child of an elected or appointed federal, state or local official outside the civil service may immediately succeed that official in the same elected or appointed office.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation, including exempting certain elected or appointed offices from its general proscription and defining the term “immediately succeed” to prevent circumventions.

The sad thing is that this proposal punishes people who can't help but be related to successful politicians. If people don't want the relatives of elected officials getting into the family business there is a far easier way to do it: don't elect them.

MORE: Angry Bear calls Norquist out.

MORE STILL: Andrew Sullivan is of a similar mind.

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