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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 number of
people being forced at gun point to become "citizens" against their
will, 1865.

Most would also cite when the states lost their representatives in the Federal government. 17th Ammendment, 1913. The idea prior to then was that
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 been
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.

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