WHY VOTERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECALL ROGUE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.
Under Article I and the 17th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the people have the right to elect and choose their Congressional representatives and senators. Why then should they not have the right to de-elect, recall or remove them from office?
The federal courts have all held that the U.S. Constitution, per Article I, Section 5, grants each Congressional House the power to expel its own members. While this may be true, it is equally true that the Constitution does not state that such power is exclusive or that the people are prohibited from recalling the individuals they have elected.
The notion that the power of expulsion is exclusively reserved to the Congressional Houses themselves presumes that the members of those bodies are, themselves, possessed of the independence of thought, judgment and character necessary for the exercise of the power so delegated. But what if the entire House or a large portion of it has been corrupted? What then? Do the people still not have the right to take action? When the guardians of the Republic have themselves become corrupted, how can they then be trusted to take action to do what is in the best interest of the people that have elected them? Do the people have no recourse, simply because the guardians of our Republic have been granted the ability to expel their own members? If that were the case, we would cease to be a true republic because the elected representatives will have become more powerful than the people who have elected them and they will have placed themselves above the laws they are sworn to uphold. When elected representatives no longer serve or act in the interests of the people they are sworn to represent, and only act to serve their own interests, that is not a republican form of government — that is feudalism.