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  •  Your remark about unintended consequences (3+ / 0-)
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    figbash, paradise50, side pocket

    really hits the mark. This is why I have tried to restrict the Founders authority, and also why I wanted the best legal minds in the country as Founders. Electing them by popular vote would be a mistake, IMO.

    As an example, I have the feeling that our Constitution should say something more than it does about Senate and House rules. The current gridlock vexes me no end, but my vexation could lead to rules that have those unintended consequences. If we were to contemplate messing with their rules via an amendment, I'd want the smartest minds in the business to write that amendment -- or perhaps to not write it.

    Gerrymander reform is another case where deep thought is needed. The very idea of congressional districts leads to a mild case of gerrymandering even if it is done impartially, because Democrats tend to congregate in cities.

    Take your city, Chicago, for example. Any way you draw district boundaries will result in some districts being heavily democratic -- maybe 75% or more. On the one hand, this guarantees at least some representation in Congress, but Democrats would be better off if some of those votes could be "exported" to Republican areas. But the real question is: Would the nation be better off?

    While we're thinking about the gerrymander issue, let's think about the reality that the United States itself is gerrymandered naturally. I'm not by any means suggesting that we could ever contemplate redrawing state boundaries, but a good theoretical case could be made for doing so.

    It may well be that natural gerrymandering is inevitable, and that attempting to minimize its consequences would be a grave mistake. But in any rational country, partisan gerrymandering is an evil we must try to abolish.

    Note to Boehner and McConnell: "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." --Bob Dylan-- (-7.25, -6.21)

    by Tim DeLaney on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:21:01 AM PST

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      Tim DeLaney, paradise50, side pocket
      partisan gerrymandering is an evil we must try to abolish.
      ... and it is exactly what we must change now.

      Blow-back is another concept we need to reckon with. The rabid right is still fighting the culture wars of 50 years ago (at least). You'd think the older tea people would be sick and tired of it, but they apparently will go to their graves feeling wronged. The younger ones have been infected with the propaganda that fills our air-waves and taints civil discourse especially the ones in Congress like Cantor and Ryan and Hensarling.

      I think it's high time I go back and pull Lani Guinier's Tyranny of the Majority off my book shelves and see what lessons are most on-point in today's tyranny of the minority.

      Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. --- Bob Dylan.

      by figbash on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:41:17 AM PST

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