Re: OT: Politics [Was:Social Contract]
On Jun 2, 2006, at 4:14 PM, Steve Lamb wrote:
Curt Howland wrote:
It hasn't been a republic since at least the time of a large
people being forced at gun point to become "citizens" against their
Most would also cite when the states lost their representatives
Federal government. 17th Ammendment, 1913. The idea prior to then
the Representatives were in Congress to represent the people while the
were there to represent the States interests. Now that the Senetors
are directly elected by the people they are nothing more than
another form of
representation for the people. It's kind of why states rights have
trampled on ever since.
HEY! The States ratified it--37-1-10. Only Utah (with 0.4% of
population) objected. States containing 99.6% of the people either
affirmed or accepted the amendment.
AL, FL, MS, SC, GA, VA, MD, KY, DE and RI are the abstaining states.
They make an interesting set.