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  •  I was just wondering (0+ / 0-)

    The 17th Amendment was put in for a reason.  That's all there is to say about that.

    But, there's another important question for Mr. Perry (well, heck, for all of the GOP candidates, I guess).  Should Bert and Ernie get married?

    -- **Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.**

    by r2did2 on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 08:52:21 AM PDT

    •  So was the 18th (0+ / 0-)

      not all reasons turn out to be good.

      •  Can't argue THAT (0+ / 0-)

        But, just because one amendment was bad/wrong, doesn't make others bad/wrong.  

        So....what's your take on Bert and Ernie? :-)

        -- **Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.**

        by r2did2 on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 09:16:30 AM PDT

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        •  can argure that either (0+ / 0-)

          What would be useful would be to compare the results of the 2 methods to determine which provided better outcomes.

          Do we have more corrupt senators now?

          Do we have better qualified senators now?

          Are senators less representive of the people now?

          It does occur to me that w've largely stopped electing senators as president (4 in 100 years) where that used to be a common path to the WH.

          They were:

          James Monroe,
          John Quincy Adams,
          Andrew Jackson,
          Martin Van Buren,
          William Henry Harrison,
          John Tyler,
          Franklin Pierce,
          James Buchanan,
          Andrew Johnson,  

          Benjamin Harrison,

          Warren G. Harding,
          Harry S. Truman, *
          John F. Kennedy,
          Lyndon B. Johnson, *
          Richard M. Nixon
          Barack Obama.

          * VP when president died

          Brothers should not marry

          •  Two things (0+ / 0-)

            1.  I think senators should be elected through a vote by the people in each of the 50 states.

            2.  From:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

            Should Bert and Ernie get married? Over 900 people think so.
            A petition started by Lair Scott, exhorts the makers of Sesame Street to let the two old friends get hitched.

            -- **Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.**

            by r2did2 on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 10:49:22 AM PDT

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