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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Egypt, America and Ratification

With the referendum today, it is useful to compare how these two countries (Egypt v. USA) ratified their constitutions. The results may surprise you.

 constitution written in secret
constitution written openly on television 
 Openness allows opponents to know what to organize against
constitution ratified by special convention constitution ratified by all eligible voters
 Referendum means the people decide their fate. And when Rhode Island did this the people rejected the USA!
 constitution ratified by 9 of 13 states (67% of vote)
constitution ratified by majority of voters (`51%)
 If state conventions are presumed to be representative (even if they aren't; just ask the anti-federalists), then a 2/3 vote is more legitimate

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