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  •  Cooling saucer of Democracy (2+ / 0-)
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    Simplify, happymisanthropy

    I have no fundamental problem with the filibuster - if used judiciously and as intended

    however Jefferson's "cooling saucer of Democracy" has not just become a deep freeze, it is a puss filled pit of corporate horse trading hidden in the guise of 'tradition'

    I dare say that the time of a bicameral legislature may have had its time and we would be well off to think about euthanizing the senate - to save what remains of the US democracy

    "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

    by josephk on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 11:09:45 AM PDT

    •  Or turn the Senate (0+ / 0-)

      into a body of proportional representation.

      Right now it's the opposite of proportional!

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 11:24:22 AM PDT

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      •  That's what the House of Representatives is for. (0+ / 0-)

        "That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff ' Amy Pohler

        by Annie B on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 12:07:24 PM PDT

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        •  No part of our govt should be for disproportionate (0+ / 0-)

          The Founders included many undemocratic elements, including slavery and excluding women from the vote.  And initially, US Senators were not chosen by popular vote - they were picked by the state governments.  Those were the bad old days.  Let's ask what would be most democratic today.

          "We all too often have socialism for the rich and rugged free capitalism for the poor." - Martin Luther King Jr.

          by workingwords on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 12:42:19 PM PDT

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        •  By proportional representation, I mean (0+ / 0-)

          multi-officeholder districts and similar arrangements in which each party has representation proportionately, and a majority forms out of a coalition, like in a parliamentary arrangement.

          There are good reasons why pretty much only Liberia copied our system of government.

          Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

          by Simplify on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 02:39:05 PM PDT

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