Date registered: Sep 2004
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The US is a geographically-represented republic, representatives are chosen within geographical areas, and it is "winner take all" - this is a result of our history, the US was a massive untouched wilderness and as a result geographic control by particular factions seemed the way to go, a way of "splitting up the pie". The drawback is that those who are on the losing side when picking a congressman, have no representative at all to represent them within their district. It has led to bitterness and resentment among the voting public. My district is a good case in point - it is gerrymandered to elect conservative Republicans, yet contains hundreds of thousands of union members and urban professionals, two of the largest Democratic constituencies, and even with gerrymander a Democrat is occasionally elected. For years our rep was Tom Delay, a nasty little fascist criminal fuck who claimed to be a "Republican" when in fact he was nothing more than a Nazi bastard. If a Democrat called his office, they were routinely insulted and otherwise shit on, in other words for years hundreds of thousands of Democratic American citizens had no one representing them in government. It is a recipe for frustation over powerlessness, for either party.
Other democracies (if you can call our system a democracy) work proportionally. Districts have more than one representative, and they are apportioned by vote. If your district had five reps and you lost, three would go to the winner, and two to the losers. In this way, even if your side did not win your district, your opinions and ideas were at least going to be heard within the legislative body. This forces cooperation and coalitions, while our system enforces an anything-to-win mentality that guarantees power to the richest. At the heart of it is the 12th Amendment with lousy reforms to our essentially fascist "Electoral College" which has always made a joke of us being a "democracy" by allowing the loser to win - it was designed so the Proto-Nazis who controlled the American South would have more weight in an election than they actually had in votes. It torments us to this day.
To even further complicate matters, the 14th Amendment guarantees we are all equal before the law, and reasoning from that, one could conclude the EC is also an unconstitutional anachronism that conflicts with a later amendment. The last great contradiction we had, that all men were created equal, except of course if they were black, led to civil war. The inherent contradiction between the EC and the 14th could lead us to the same place if we continue to get presidents who were not actually elected by the people, especially when they assume the right to be above the law after elected as George "signing statement" Bush has proven.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
Last edited by FeelTheLove; 09-05-2008 at 08:08 AM.