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  •  The Athenians voted by a show of hands, (0+ / 0-)

    or in the case of ostracism, by putting a broken piece of pottery with someone's name on it in a big jar. At the end of the vote the jar was broken and the names counted.

    To elect most of their government officials they used random selection. They even invented a machine to pick names of citizens to serve in various posts.

    Why can't we just do that? Why not randomly select citizens to serve as legislators on one act and only one act, or to serve as Supreme Court Justices on one case and only one case?

    Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

    by hestal on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 02:03:01 AM PST

    •  Karl Rove would have written Obama's name all over (1+ / 0-)
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      the inside of the big jar. When broken, its shards would have been counted along with the others!

      Have you noticed?
      Politicians who promise LESS government
      only deliver BAD government.

      by jjohnjj on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 09:24:41 AM PST

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