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  •  My teabagger roommate says the 17th (11+ / 0-)

    amendment was the worst mistake the country ever made.

    (Worse than Iraq? I guess so.)

    I always point out that the US Senate is the only real office that the public gets to vote for. The only one. The House is gerrymandered so that the popular vote is distorted. Ditto the Electoral College. And State House and Senate districts.

    The absolute ONLY office where the people's voice is paramount is for the US Senate. And you want to take that away?


    Hopefully ...... soon, Mom. My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

    by pucklady on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 02:40:53 PM PDT

    •  Did your roommate give a reason? (2+ / 0-)
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      Why should we repeal the 17th Amendment?

      •  THat's so easy! (1+ / 0-)
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        OF course the tea baggers think it was a bad idea to begin electing SEnators.  

        They aren't anti-establishment, they're just anti-democratic.  

        When the republican lawmaker opens his or her mouth, a lot of really stupid shit falls out, and a lot of really stupid people buy it.  THe problem isn't the stupid shit, it's the way the stupid shit is phrased that the right wingers don't like.  

        THey know that their ideas aren't popular, and leaving their ideas up to an actual, informed populace is a baaaaaaad idea.  

        Therefore, it's better to just appoint the senator, and do away with all the uncomfortable discussions about policy and stuff that makes them look so stupid.


        by otto on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 03:13:35 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah, it's the states rights argument. (0+ / 0-)

        The Senate was designed to represent the state. The House is supposed to represent the people. That's why the states, in the form of the legislatures, were supposed to select the Senators.

        Teabagger argument is that the people should not be selecting the state representatives.

        Of course, that is hogwash.

        The writers of the Constitution had no idea how this representative democracy thingy they were inventing was going to turn out. They lived in such fear of a central government, like the monarchies they were accustomed to, that they gave far too much power to the states. The electoral college is one example. State selection of Senators is another.

        My roommate thought he was making a point by giving me a Constitution for a Christmas present. I said Oh, looky! Right here in the first sentence, "To provide for the general welfare!" He said "Don't give me that. The constitution has nothing do to with welfare." Mmm-kay.

        Hopefully ...... soon, Mom. My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

        by pucklady on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 04:53:05 AM PDT

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    •  The Senate is a chamberpot of elitist saxons. nt (0+ / 0-)

      Nuclear Reactor = Dirty Bomb

      by olo on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 03:34:06 PM PDT

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