A Conversation for An Overview of Governments in the United States

Bigger in Texas?

Post 1

Steve K.

The US Constitution has 27 amendments, one of which repeals an earlier amendment (prohibition). For comparison:

"The Texas Constitution is one of the longest in the nation and is still growing. As of 2003 (78th Legislature), the Texas Legislature has passed a total of 606 amendments. Of these, 432 have been adopted and 174 have been defeated by Texas voters. Thus, the Texas Constitution has been amended 432 times since its adoption in 1876."

I've read this is due to the residents not trusting government during the post Civil War Reconstruction period. The governor is very weak, and any significant law requires the constitution to be amended. On a bright note (IMHO), I believe the constitution requires a balanced budget. That seems reasonable, but it would cause severe gnashing of teeth in Washington. smiley - grr

Bigger in Texas?

Post 2


i dont think that texas government is weak in the case of governmentaliship but what i think is that the presindent of america is not really taking full responsibilities of what they have in hand this is as a result as they are busy looking for more fans instead of thinking for the welfare of the people.
they seems to forget that if they put a new law to the people if it would be difficult adapting to them thereas causing commotion in the country.
what do you think of this, do you agree or disagree?

Bigger in Texas?

Post 3

Steve K.

I agree with you. Both major U.S. parties put the primary emphasis on campaigning, which has become a non-stop activity. This activity requires vast amounts of money, so the politician spends most if the time fund raising, primarily with deep pocketed special interest groups representing large corporations who want "access" to the politician (read "influence" or even "legalized bribery"). The money is then used for massive propaganda campaigns, utilizing techniques perfected for decades by advertising companies. Sadly, a large part of the American electorate has been conditioned to be receptive to such blather, IMHO.

The actual governing is left to staff and in some cases lobbyists for the special interests, who have even provided the text for bills to be introduced by the politician.

Author Gore Vidal describes his politics this way: "We only have one political party in the U.S., and that is the property party, which essentially is corporate America, which has two right wings, one called Republican and one called Democrat. I can't say I like either of them." Here is a quote from recent years:

"Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either."

Also relevant (and prophetic) is the tagline from the 1972 movie "The Candidate" starring Robert Redford:

"Nothing matters more than winning. Not even what you believe in."

(I need a new soapbox, this one is getting worn smiley - winkeye )

P.S. Just to clarify, I didn't say that Texas' "government" is weak, but rather the "governor" is relatively weak compared to the legislature.

Key: Complain about this post

More Conversations for An Overview of Governments in the United States

Write an Entry

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a wholly remarkable book. It has been compiled and recompiled many times and under many different editorships. It contains contributions from countless numbers of travellers and researchers."

Write an entry
Read more