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  •  Whoa. I think they just mean limited government (3+ / 0-)
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    Nowhere Man, montressor, elwior

    that is (still) representative.  

    It is ambiguous at best, perhaps intentionally so.  But likely, yours is a misinterpretation.

    I don't think they mean to say limited representation, even though that is what gerrymandering and voter suppression do make voting harder.  But there is no way any member, as evil (self-serving) as they are, would suggest a more significant effort to limit representation.

    West. No further west. All sea. --Robert Grenier

    by Nicolas Fouquet on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 12:07:35 PM PDT

    •  Codespeak (2+ / 0-)
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      NoMoreLies, elwior

      I think this language is codespeak meant to signal their secret ties to the militant Far Right - the militias, neo-Confederates, secessionists, and Christian theocrats, all of whom reject democracy in their internal propaganda as tyrannical.  Karl Rove fed GWB code phrases to use at Christian Right functions during the '00 campaign to signal that he'd be their special president and they bought it.  The language appears ambiguous to outsiders.

    •  senators are the definition of representative (0+ / 0-)

      So many comments in here are talking about the 17th amendment, but the reality is that Senators are one type of representative in a representative government such as we have.  Even if we directly elect them rather than having them appointed.

      I don't see the connection between the addition of the word "representative" and an attempt to abolish the 17th amendment.

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