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  •  TIME TO FEDERALIZE ELECTIONS IN THE USA (1+ / 0-)
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    apimomfan2

    Show me the whisky stains on the floor
    Show me an old drunkard as he stumbles to the door
    And I'll see a young man with so many reasons why...
    ...and there, but for FORTUNE, go you - or I... - thanks, Phil

    by chmood on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 10:14:25 AM PDT

    •  That pesky thing called a Constitution prevents (1+ / 0-)
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      Victor Ward

      that.

      The patellar reflex is a deep tendon reflex which allows one to keep one's balance with little effort or conscious thought.

      by SpamNunn on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 10:30:08 AM PDT

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      •  It is past time to change the Constitution (1+ / 0-)
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        apimomfan2

        And it is past time for centrist democrats to be primaried, and people who'll actually fight back to put in their place. I'm in a safe D state, and I'm tired of placid looks on the faces of my representatives everythime something like this happens, and cautious measured statements that ammount to nothing.

      •  It is turning into quite a pesky thing (0+ / 0-)

        The older I get, the more I see the mechanisms established by that 18th Century invention as unable to keep up with the tempo in the 21st.

        •  Really? (2+ / 0-)
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          Quicklund, mmacdDE

          I take great comfort in the fact that it's hard to change things.  That prevents demagogues from whipping up 51% of the country to make a feel good change at the expense of the minority.   Sometimes, things need to slow down to a pace slower than a Twitter trend and an insta-poll in order to ensure proper deliberation over monumental changes.  

          I like the Senate, and the filibuster, for those same reasons.   It's easy to hate those things when you are in the majority and want to change things quickly.   Remember, though, your side won't always hold the levers of power.   [Although it could be convincingly argued that the people never even get to see who is actually holding them, let alone touch them]

          The patellar reflex is a deep tendon reflex which allows one to keep one's balance with little effort or conscious thought.

          by SpamNunn on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 11:08:26 AM PDT

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