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  1. mu2010

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    The Senate is good because the Senate is the Senate which was originally designed to be the Senate and good and so that is why the Senate is good.
  2. mu2010

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    Point is that the Constitution is not the infallible word of God, and shouldn't be treated as such. (And also that those who believe parts of the Constitution are imperfect should not be told they want to "shred" it)
  3. mu2010

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    Canada does describe themselves as federalist. Their national government goes by the term 'federal government' like ours does. It's certainly possible they aren't as federalist as we are. Similar to Germany, who also is federalist though perhaps not to the degree as the USA. UK, France, Italy... Those are unitary states.
  4. mu2010

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    I do believe it's important to give political minorities such as rural conservatives a voice. But I think we are in a state of imbalance and it's getting worse. My biggest issue is really the inability to compromise and the increasing prevalence of the idea that compromise is bad. I have a lot of respect for the Constitution and its longevity. But I do fear that the difficulty to amend it (by design, as you mentioned) may lead to an untenable political situation. Yes, you're correct on my age. If I recall correctly, that one amendment in my lifetime was originally proposed in the 1790s and took 200 years to pass, correct?
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    I do understand how it was designed, what I'm saying is that the design is not working well in 2018. It has been 80 or 90 years now that the federal government's role has vastly expanded. It has also been even more years since the time that Americans culturally began to see themselves as Americans, not as citizens of individual states. The system as designed in 1789 is not holding up in light of those changes.
  6. mu2010

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    So why are you so concerned about fair and reasonable from the POV of an Alaskan but not from the POV of a Californian? What you're saying is that Rhode Island wanted their votes to count 10x more than New Yorkers' votes and I'm supposed to sympathize? People are more important than map lines, it's as simple as that. It's nice that our system allows additional protections for minorities to prevent tyranny of the majority, but it's out of balance and what we have in our country is tyranny of a rural minority. In a rapidly urbanizing world.
  7. mu2010

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    You keep going back to "this is the way it is, so therefore, this is the way it should be" as your argument. I understand the history and would appreciate if you stop suggesting otherwise. What I'm saying is that history does not always provide optimal outcomes simply by virtue of being history. The Great Compromise was a way to get self-interested politicians in small states to sign on to join the Union. That's it. There's no actual good argument in favor of a few million people having more power than 40 million. It's a totally gameable system, that's how you know it's not so great of a system. How about we split LA County into 14 "states."
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    It's not relevant in terms of deciding who wins, but it is certainly relevant in evaluating our system. We understand that politicians would campaign differently if the rules were different but if a major national party is consistently in power and consistently losing the popular vote, I'd call that a red flag at a minimum.
  9. mu2010

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    Also, this statement is a complete joke in 2018. Trump himself said "I'm on the ballot."
  10. mu2010

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    We understand how the Senate works. We're questioning whether or not it should work that way. You pretending that this is about not understanding the Senate is completely "disingenuous." Explain to me why a few million Wyomingians, Montanians, and Dakotans should get to rule over 40 million Californians.
  11. It sounds like you're in a house, then? I'm trying to figure out if it's the metal studs or if it's just the weak signals from 8 and 19.
  12. ^yeah, WKYC and WEWS are both in Parma too though, correct? They must be transmitting with more power.
  13. Any of you guys in the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods use antennas for TV? I cannot get 8 or 19 to come in. In my old building, I could get 8 but never 19. I went and invested in a nicer set of 'rabbit ears' and it's still not any better. My current building has metal studs so I think that may have something to do with it. I can never get the Browns games, which incidentally is literally the only thing I care about getting on TV.
  14. mu2010

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    I was in no way implying that the second part of the statement excuses the first. I was stating that I believed Yabo to be wrong about the Parma school levy.
  15. mu2010

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    NRA sent me a campaign mailing. I have never owned a gun and am a registered Democrat so I have no idea why they are sending me their crap.
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