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    I had no idea that was there.  I could see that section being interpreted to mean that ballot amendments are not allowed, because it's democratic rather than republican.  No direct democracy for you, bub.

    I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

    by tle on Tue May 28, 2013 at 07:25:03 AM PDT

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      between (direct) "democratic" and (indirect) "republican" was not as sophomoric for the founders, because back then they had a lot fewer sophomores running around trying to score debating points by appealing to the dictionary. Though of course with the current SCOTUS you never know, I don't think that the argument you suggest would hold water.

      Senate rules which prevent any reform of the filibuster are unconstitutional. Therefore, we can rein in the filibuster tomorrow with 51 votes.

      by homunq on Tue May 28, 2013 at 09:21:42 AM PDT

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        Your characterization of me as a "sophomore" is insulting in a mildly amusing way. No doubt you would describe the members of the Supreme Court in the same way, since they spend a lot of time considering the meaning of words.

        I really don't give a shit about "scoring debating points".  I do care about the vile perversions of law coming out of the Court.  I don't see that as a stretch for this gang at all.

        I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

        by tle on Tue May 28, 2013 at 06:12:02 PM PDT

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          I did not at all intend to insult you. I was just trying to succinctly make a point about the difference between how the words are taken today versus back then.

          (A true "sophomore" never speculates, as you did, except in a purely rhetorical fashion; they only assert aggressively. Of course, I'm not talking about people in their second year of a program of study, but about people who are sophmoric.)

          Senate rules which prevent any reform of the filibuster are unconstitutional. Therefore, we can rein in the filibuster tomorrow with 51 votes.

          by homunq on Tue May 28, 2013 at 07:25:24 PM PDT

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