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  •  What an interesting can of worms (none)
    a walkout could have. Law in a democracy depends entirely on the consent of the governed, on the perception that government is legitimate. A walkout could well prove very unpopular, I think, but it would force a thorough reexamination of the very foundations of this nation and its government. Are you ready to go that far?

    I think maybe I am. But be careful what you wish for. I wouldn't be pretty.

    •  Definitely not pretty (none)
      It would probably provoke no less than a Constitutional crisis to be settled by the Supreme Court.  That said, notwithstanding well-founded doubts about neutrality of the SCOTUS, I think they'd be a better check on the Senate majority than the Senate itself cound possibly be.

      Not a Democrat. Not a Republican. Just sick of George Bush's son and other big-government "conservatives".

      by EqualOpportunityCynic on Wed May 18, 2005 at 09:46:43 AM PDT

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      •  If the government lost credibility, (none)
        I'm not sure a Supremes decision would have any traction, either. We could find ourselves in a chaotic state resolvable only by a change of systems, and maybe the nation's geography. I'm talking over time here, not some instant revolution or civil war. Loss of legitimacy tends to work its effects over a long term.

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