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  •  At the end of the day (6+ / 0-)

    I'm not that interested in assigning blame for the current broken system of governance we've got to a bunch of guys who've been dead for more than 200 years.

    I think maybe it's time we start seriously thinking about a system of demarchy, selecting our Representatives by lot, and appointing our Senators from those who distinguish themselves within our States.  The overall structure of our government is sound, the tripartite division, the division of the Legislature into House and Senate and the assignment of responsibilities between those Houses and between the Legislature, the Executive, and the Judiciary is all good.  But the House was never allowed to be what it was advertised to be: the House of the People, truly representative of them.

    And you can't tell me that picking someone at random from Michelle Bachman's district would result in selecting someone any dumber or less qualified to be a Representative than she is 99% of the time.  Maybe less qualified at being a mendacious liar.

    From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. -Immanuel Kant

    by Nellebracht on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 07:24:47 PM PDT

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    •  "the overall structure of our government is sound" (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm not so sure.  I had an American history professor who claimed that the seeds of US destruction were planted in its governmental structure--that by separating the executive branch from the legislative, a time would come when political polarization would create broken government at a time and in circumstances when that would prove fatal.  That appears to be the case now.  There's a reason why no new democracies emerging over the past 60 years have chosen the American system of government as their model.  What that history professor said made sense to us since we lived in a parliamentary democracy.  To Americans, however, there is very little reflection--only an assumption that "our system is the best"

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