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by Epicurus
Mon Sep 22, 2014 3:58 pm
Forum: Take it outside!
Topic: One rep per 50,000 AND Proportional Representation
Replies: 3
Views: 5638

Re: One rep per 50,000 AND Proportional Representation

"most geographic areas with 30.000 people will have relatively homogenous views on national issues." I doubt you can find relatively homogenous views on national issues within one city block anywhere in the country, anthropogenic climate change and whether or not we should be fighting Mid...
by Epicurus
Mon Sep 22, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: Take it outside!
Topic: Why Proportional Representation in addition to Enlargement
Replies: 0
Views: 3238

Why Proportional Representation in addition to Enlargement

The Founders’ idea that the House should be an “exact portrait of the people” (John Adams) was imperfectly implemented. The only way they thought to implement the concept was by limiting the number of constituents per representative. They must have realized that opinions would be diverse even among ...
by Epicurus
Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:11 pm
Forum: Section 10: Achieving the revolutionary vision
Topic: A book. We need a book.
Replies: 17
Views: 35111

Re: A book. We need a book.

Here's a good title:

America: One of the Least Democratic Countries of All Modern Democracies
by Epicurus
Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: Section 10: Achieving the revolutionary vision
Topic: With Connecticut, it's a done deal, isn't it?
Replies: 3
Views: 5896

Re: With Connecticut, it's a done deal, isn't it?

we the mere citizens are too lazy to care. What really shocks me is that almost no one seems to care about being truly represented in the House. They don't care if their congressperson represents their views or not, or if their congressperson has the time to read their letters or meet with them or ...
by Epicurus
Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:32 pm
Forum: Take it outside!
Topic: How depressing
Replies: 4
Views: 3713

Re: How depressing

I am definitely in support of increasing the number of house seats. Multi-member districts, sounds intriguing, but I'm not 100% on that. I want both, although I will work to get one before the other. Proportional representation is a foreign concept to Americans, but here's a 6 minute video that exp...
by Epicurus
Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:18 pm
Forum: Section 10: Achieving the revolutionary vision
Topic: With Connecticut, it's a done deal, isn't it?
Replies: 3
Views: 5896

Re: With Connecticut, it's a done deal, isn't it?

I have done some reading since I made that post. Eugene LaVergne filed an excellent brief in the U.S. 3d Circuit Court of Appeals which you can read here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/94139261/Final-Reply-Brief-and-Addendum Having lost in the District Court and the Court of Appeals, he filed a petition...
by Epicurus
Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:10 am
Forum: Section 10: Achieving the revolutionary vision
Topic: Connecticut Ratification found?
Replies: 12
Views: 24240

Re: Connecticut Ratification found?

Isn't it odd that not one Connecticut reporter for any major Connecticut paper did a story on LaVergne's discovery of the Connecticut ratification, and that the custodian of the records where the ratification was found never expressed a reaction in the press about the discovery? And that no Connecti...
by Epicurus
Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:20 am
Forum: Section 10: Achieving the revolutionary vision
Topic: With Connecticut, it's a done deal, isn't it?
Replies: 3
Views: 5896

With Connecticut, it's a done deal, isn't it?

"Both Connecticut AND Kentucky were found. . . . With Ct. and Ky, that's 12 of the then 15 States, or 80%. Once the 75% threshold for ratification is crossed, it may not be un-crossed." If Connecticut and/or Kentucky ratified the original 12 amendments, Article the First is a valid amendme...
by Epicurus
Sat Jul 19, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: Section 2: “Article the first” of the Bill of Rights
Topic: The Mystery of the Bill of Rights' First Amendment
Replies: 5
Views: 13112

Re: The Mystery of the Bill of Rights' First Amendment

Kudos to Jeff Quidam for his outstanding scholarship on this subject. A political science professor friend, co-author of a widely used American history textbook, knew nothing about it. There is a lot of American history that I refer to as unknown history because it isn't taught. This is a prime exam...
by Epicurus
Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:48 pm
Forum: Section 10: Achieving the revolutionary vision
Topic: Connecticut Ratification found?
Replies: 12
Views: 24240

Re: Connecticut Ratification found?

Will you sign this petition? Click here:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/the-bi ... by=9079921
Only 51 signatures since Sept 27, 2013. C'mon people!
by Epicurus
Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:36 am
Forum: Additional Discussions Related to Representational Enlargement
Topic: Meet and talk to your congressperson?
Replies: 0
Views: 3878

Meet and talk to your congressperson?

A local congressional candidate responded to a comment as follows: The advantage of our current system is that each citizen has a specific representative who is supposed to be representing them in Washington – an individual who they can meet and talk to and complain to and vote for or against every ...
by Epicurus
Fri Jul 18, 2014 2:18 pm
Forum: Take it outside!
Topic: How depressing
Replies: 4
Views: 3713

Re: How depressing

much of the problem is that congressmen like most people are primarily self interested, and have never been in favor of any change that would make their own career position less important. Absolutely. From what I have seen, most congresspeople are narcissistic sociopaths who run in order to feather...
by Epicurus
Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:35 am
Forum: Section 2: “Article the first” of the Bill of Rights
Topic: Continuing the Pattern in Article the First
Replies: 3
Views: 3852

Re: Continuing the Pattern in Article the First

Although a population of 190,000 per district is almost four times the highest maximum district size given in the original proposal, it is only 26.8% of the average you get by dividing the 2010 census total by the absurdly low current House size of 435. K Street would probably see 1700 members as a...
by Epicurus
Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:16 pm
Forum: Take it outside!
Topic: One rep per 50,000 AND Proportional Representation
Replies: 3
Views: 5638

Re: One rep per 50,000 AND Proportional Representation

"Since there are several individuals elected in a district, none of them are truly accountable. They can just point fingers all day long." People elected in a multi-seat district are just as accountable for the votes each casts as someone elected in a single member district. They don't ca...
by Epicurus
Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:23 pm
Forum: Additional Discussions Related to Representational Enlargement
Topic: Rep. Alcee Hastings' letter to other House Members
Replies: 0
Views: 1835

Rep. Alcee Hastings' letter to other House Members

"The effect that an increase in the size of the House of Representatives will have on the American political system is obvious. Increasing the size of the House will result in a reduced amount of campaign spending, smaller Congressional districts, more personal interaction between Members of Co...
by Epicurus
Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:01 pm
Forum: Additional Discussions Related to Representational Enlargement
Topic: Poor K Street
Replies: 0
Views: 1615

Poor K Street

K Street will never stand for it. They couldn't bribe 6000 congresspeople scattered all over the country.
by Epicurus
Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: Take it outside!
Topic: How depressing
Replies: 4
Views: 3713

How depressing

This is a great website. It's depressing how few people have seen it or participate on it.
by Epicurus
Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:21 am
Forum: Take it outside!
Topic: Proportional Representation: a cure worse than the disease
Replies: 4
Views: 6839

Re: Proportional Representation: a cure worse than the disea

Ibrahim's criticisms above have more to do with Britain's parliamentary form of government and the composition of its voters (which he doesn't like--so much for his view of democracy) than proportional representation.
by Epicurus
Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:02 am
Forum: Take it outside!
Topic: One rep per 50,000 AND Proportional Representation
Replies: 3
Views: 5638

One rep per 50,000 AND Proportional Representation

The single member district is inherently unfair unless you believe the absurdity that a liberal Democrat can truly "represent" a conservative Republican and vice versa. Single member (aka winner-take-all) elections often award 100% of the representation to a narrow majority, as little as a...
by Epicurus
Wed Jul 16, 2014 7:07 pm
Forum: Take it outside!
Topic: Proportional Representation: a cure worse than the disease
Replies: 4
Views: 6839

Re: Proportional Representation: a cure worse than the disea

I am all for increasing the number of representatives as this site suggests, but the winner-take-all, single member district (which as someone else has already pointed out is NOT required by the Constitution) leaves up to 49.1% of the voters with NO representation in the government. Can a Republican...
by Epicurus
Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: Section 2: “Article the first” of the Bill of Rights
Topic: The change from "less" to "more" in the amendment
Replies: 0
Views: 1954

The change from "less" to "more" in the amendment

What is your best guess, that the word "more" was substituted for the word "less" in the amendment by a scrivener's error? Could it have been anything other than a mistake by a scrivener? In other words, could there have been any other intent for the change that was not adequatel...