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I don't how much it will take to get people to stop trying to work within our political system and to start working to overthrow it, but things are getting bad so fast, and climate change is such a threatening, onrushing catastrophe that it seems that thinking people would finally wise up.

Our form of government, the Madisonian republic, has undergone the most extensive test in the history of political science. It has been tested fifty-one times and has failed repeatedly.

What more evidence do we need? What will it take to launch a revolution?

In Federalist 10 James Madison complained about the American state governments—he told us how they were not doing very well. Apparently the other Framers agreed with him because in Article IV, Section 4, of the Constitution they said:

The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union, a republi-can form of government, and shall protect each of them against inva-sion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened), against domestic violence.
This requirement has been met. All fifty states have a republican form of government. They all emulate the national government in one important respect: they all have a “scheme of representation” whereby the power of the People is delegated to a small group of officials by means of elections. Thus we have fifty test cases; we have fifty real-life experiments in republican government. The results are not very good. In about half of those fifty states the rights of the usual hated groups—those who are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual, or not Christian, or not well-to-do—are under attack. Preparations are underway in several states to keep blacks from voting in the 2016 elections, and the right of women to get an abortion is being infringed by denying women access to medical practitioners to provide the necessary services, and in some states, Arizona for example, attempts have been made to deny non-heterosexuals public services that are available to others in much the same way that blacks were denied such services during the days of Jim Crow. The record of abuses is long and growing. These fifty states are undeniable proof that the “scheme of representation,” and the Madisonian republic, is an unmitigated disaster.
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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Musial, Skyye, leepearson

    Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

    by hestal on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 04:36:49 AM PDT

  •  The Guarantee Clause is the sleeping giant of (1+ / 0-)
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    a2nite

    the Constitution, said Charles Sumner with regard to readmission of the antidemocratic Confederate states. By ending free speech, McCutcheon ends de facto the republican form of government as responsive to the will of the electorate. Pro forma elections of candidates who can pay the poll tax do not meet the Constitutional standard.

    •  KRATS Is the Constitution. nt (1+ / 0-)
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      se portland

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 05:02:51 AM PDT

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    •  I agree, McCutcheon slams the door shut, (2+ / 0-)
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      Musial, Skyye

      but the republic has never been responsive to the People. Free speech is nothing if it does not produce results.

      Look at all the free speech that is uttered here. The volume is enormous, but it has produced little to change our governments for the better.

      Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

      by hestal on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 05:04:59 AM PDT

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      •  Money talks, not speech, nobody listening, (1+ / 0-)
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        Skyye

        why they call it crony capitalism, a formal system of bribery. The US has only not been dominated by corruption for but a few brief periods: the Founding, Reconstruction, Progressive era, New Deal, Civil Rights. The current corrupt system since Buckley emphasizes big advertising within the Bernays paradigm, in which Goebbels flourished. Free speech, to the extent it has any role, segregates by partisan mind control.

  •  Thinking people HAVE finally wised up!!! (1+ / 0-)
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    Skyye

    The problem is that such a low percentage of USA citizens are thinking people. Many are outright oblivious to what is going on around them. They vote Republican or don't vote.

    Out here in 3rd world ASEAN, relative to the USA, there is substantially less education available to the population. But the locals seem no less thinking than back in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. This is a really, really bad sign for the future of the USA.

    I voted with my feet. Good Bye and Good Luck America!!

    by shann on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 05:51:28 AM PDT

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