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  •  The selection of legislators by the State (1+ / 0-)
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    MPociask

    Legislatures was intended to insure that the Senators would be more beholden to their individual States than to any national constituency.   That might not be a bad thing, as my Senators haven't always put New Jersey first.

    Unwitting privileged genetic lottery winner and economic engine

    by SpamNunn on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 08:07:17 PM PST

    •  It depends on whether you want to be (3+ / 0-)

      ...a loose confederation of States.

      Or, a nation.

      •  I like local rule, wherever possible. (2+ / 0-)
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        MPociask, scott5js

        I would prefer that people who have the same interests as me because we share a community do more of the governing that affects me directly.

        Unwitting privileged genetic lottery winner and economic engine

        by SpamNunn on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 06:11:36 AM PST

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      •  Or a federation? (1+ / 0-)
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        Pluto

        There are lots of options, after all.  

        Option 1 - Sovereign states that treaty with each other.  Rejected by the founding fathers as too dangerous to the interests of the states as a whole.

        Option 2 - A loose confederation of sovereign states - adopted by the Founding Fathers by the Articles of Confederation.  Briefly revived by the South during the Civil War.

        Option 3 - A federation of sovereign states, with some powers given exclusively to the nation, and some exclusively to the states.  Adopted by the US Constitution.  The form of government we have, right now.

        Option 4 - One nation-state with exclusive control of all powers.  Not seriously considered at the time of the nation's founding.  

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