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  •  Apparently, they're trying to push the envelope (1+ / 0-)
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    elwior

    ...even further right.

    As for the 17th amendment, it seems highly unlikely to me that any state legislature has enough legislators crazy enough to pass an amendment repealing the direct election of Senators. Even the craziest of crazies wouldn't be insane enough to vote for such a thing, least of all a majority of of the members of both upper and lower chambers of state legislatures and, in the case of unicameral legislatures (one house), the same thing holds true.

    How could ALEC and their puppets possibly sugar-coat something as radical as repealing the direct election of U.S. Senators? Even their nefarious voter ID laws contained some semblance of plausibility, as lame as it was (to allegedly "prevent" voter fraud).

    •  Race War (2+ / 0-)
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      Stude Dude, Musial

      A white man might volunteer to give up his own right to vote if he was certain it would forever prevent the Rising Tide of the Mud Races from beating his tribal chieftains in elections.  Some poor whites lost their voting rights under Jim Crow laws like poll taxes - maybe they hated blacks and Reconstruction enough that it was worth it?  Because I guarantee you some poor whites soon will lose their rights under the Voter ID laws they supported.

      •  I think it was in one of FDR's reelections, (1+ / 0-)
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        elwior

        there were only something like 45,000 votes cast in all of Alabama for the Congressional races. Historians David Williams and Walter Johnson have dug up a lot of data about poor whites in the antebellum South. A writer named Helper was quite widely circulated in arguing that poor whites should help get rid of slavery, he wound up in the North protected by Lincoln. But 300,000 whites fought for the Union. Equality and abundance, as LBJ conceived it, could drive a wedge between the racist millionaires and the integrated employees. The reconstructed George Wallace in his notable 1983 inaugural speech set the tone for an antiracist South, under the Carters' influence, integrated Alabama state government.  

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