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  •  I fear, with some reason, the staunch originalists (1+ / 0-)
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    are even more staunch in their pretty far right corporate agenda. They seem to have a bit of a knack for being originalists when it suits them and radical when that suits the agenda.

    I do see the rather interesting constitutional question there though. Evolution of the rule and population distribution has certainly unbalanced the original large/small state compromise.

    The fact that 11% of the population can consistently and absolutely stop address of serious national questions makes even republican democracy a complete mockery. In raw numbers, not political leaning, with Census' obsolete RESIDENT POPULATION--JULY 2008 numbers popped into a spreadsheet and sorted it means:

    Mississippi
    Arkansas
    Kansas
    Utah
    Nevada
    New Mexico
    West Virginia
    Nebraska
    Idaho
    Maine
    New Hampshire
    Hawaii
    Rhode Island
    Montana
    Delaware
    South Dakota
    Alaska
    North Dakota
    Vermont
    Wyoming
    and a split Iowa Senate delegation representing 2008 populations estimated at 32,637,772 could freeze legislation strongly supported by a population of 270,870,120 (rest of the states and that split Iowa). And that does not count the D.C. population, larger than Wyoming's, taxed without representation, at 591,833 that is just dragged along without even a voice in that body. So make that really 271,461,953 (not counting territories) that can be silenced by just representatives of 32,637,772 people.

    Yeah, think about that. Just truncate and think of 270 people strongly advocating a course and 32, with no justification whatsoever required, just saying "screw you"! I have to admit there are times we may need that saying "Wait a minute! Think!" (and we have had such events that saved us from a blunder) as when the nation rushed to crush many of its values after 9/11, but this is a permanent no, no, no, no . . . one not even moderated by a need to actually stand on the floor and speak.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:12:43 PM PDT

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