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Iceland residents draft, approve of crowdsourced constitution

By Shawn Knight
Oct 23, 2012
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  1. A year ago Iceland found themselves between a rock and a hard place. The country was in the middle of a crippling economic recession that sparked multiple protests from disgruntled citizens. Rather than try to sort out the mess on...

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  2. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 549   +102

    Never happen in the United States. People are too fond of greed and taking advantage of others.
    m4a4 likes this.
  3. lchu12

    lchu12 TS Enthusiast Posts: 199   +9

    Team America....F*** Yeah!
    jizzyburnizzy likes this.
  4. jizzyburnizzy

    jizzyburnizzy TS Rookie Posts: 46

    Wow! a government that actually listened to what the people want?
  5. I think there are a few reasons why this worked in Iceland and may not work as well in other places. Iceland as a country went bankrupt, so everyone was in it together. It has a population of 320,000 which is a equivalent to the population of St. Louis, MO. Most people are native Icelanders and it’s a close knit country which makes it easier for agreements. So a small country where people are pulled together is far easier to do something like this than a country that has a wider range of ideas. It’s great that they did this and hopefully it can be a model for future success.
    grumpiman likes this.
  6. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Guru Posts: 592   +45

    Right, because constitutions are supposed to instill good character qualities into its citizens. There's another word for "greed", and it's called "selfishness", and everyone struggles with it. Tell me, what kind of constitution, crowdsourced or otherwise, could possibly make ANYONE unselfish?

    No, no. Trash the Constitution; it hasn't enhanced my integrity.
  7. They completely threw away a chance to change the world.
    How about these rules for the politicians.
    Every candidate must submit to a drug test and be tested at random times during her/his time in office.
    Is 4 times a year too much for representatives who.
    With the stroke of a pen start wars or put the people into unplayable debt?
    Every candidate must write down what he/she will and will not do while in office.
    Any deviation from what they wrote and they are fired immediately.
    Also the section on international law superseding Iceland's law!!
    What if international law says you must bail out banks or no country can have a constitution!
    It would make all this pretty pointless would it not.
    Its a constitution that results in:
    Iceland losing its sovereignty.
    The people having no rights as all the rights stated are subject to what the government decides by changes in the law.
    Cool thing thou the governments rights are not subject to any change in law.
  8. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    @Guest - I can't figure out if you're smoking something or just intentionally writing free-form political nonsense poetry. Anyway if the U.S. government followed what the majority of its people want, there'd be no war industry-driven Pentaloon wars in remote places at all. Think of all the useless Generals and Colonels, all the war industry engineers who would have work work on stupid projects like infrastructure improvement. It could drive the Cheneys of the world broke. Can't have that! /s
  9. Dear tj guzzler
    thanks for the intelligent response. You must have spent alot of time thinking very carefully about what I wrote. The whole being accountable when voted in thing was the subject. Sorta like when you are going for a job interview. They say how will you help our company, what skills do you have that make you stand out from the other 20 people I am going to interview today? Then I guess... you lie your ash off. When you run the fork lift off the end of the loading dock... you can't be fired. Because you had 100% of the eligible voters... the interviewer.
    generals, colonels pantyraid ... thats funny
  10. Them darn generals, colonels they are the problem. Not those pesky politicians, after all we didn't vote them in. I know what we should do. Lets tell our voted in politicians to sack their war mongering, trouble causing, money wasting, yes sir no sir ashes.
    Oh........... the new politicians we elected in said they would stop all the wars. This is so sixties ... and 70s ok the last hundred years. Lets all give thanks to the fed ,,,,,225 million dead its ok we voted for it


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