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bobabode 03-06-2017 09:44 PM

The Great Town Hall Craze of 1816
 
"In the summer of 1816, Americans turned on Congress. Citizens from Massachusetts to South Carolina staged raucous public meetings where “several hundred persons of both political parties,” according to one contemporary, gathered to draft denunciatory resolutions, deliver angry speeches and, in some cases, stage mock court proceedings against their local House members. With a stridency heretofore unmatched in American politics, they condemned “high-handed and arbitrary” lawmakers—politicians who forced a “wanton sacrifice of our interest to their own private emolument,” perpetrators of “wrong,” “unjustifiable” and “reprehensible” actions.
http://www.politico.com/magazine/sto...of-1816-214869

nailer 03-07-2017 12:07 AM

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Originally Posted by bobabode (Post 349852)
"In the summer of 1816, Americans turned on Congress. Citizens from Massachusetts to South Carolina staged raucous public meetings where “several hundred persons of both political parties,” according to one contemporary, gathered to draft denunciatory resolutions, deliver angry speeches and, in some cases, stage mock court proceedings against their local House members. With a stridency heretofore unmatched in American politics, they condemned “high-handed and arbitrary” lawmakers—politicians who forced a “wanton sacrifice of our interest to their own private emolument,” perpetrators of “wrong,” “unjustifiable” and “reprehensible” actions.
http://www.politico.com/magazine/sto...of-1816-214869

Same as it ever was. Our democracy is as vibrant now as it was back then.

donquixote99 03-07-2017 12:15 AM

Who told both you and Dondillion to use the 'vibrant democracy' meme?

MrPots 03-07-2017 03:48 AM

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Originally Posted by nailer (Post 349858)
Same as it ever was. Our democracy is as vibrant now as it was back then.

Gerrymandering makes for a very dull democracy. Stacking the deck against the will of the voters.

And there are the easily hackable vote counting machines that oddly, seem to be to only computers in the country "never hacked".


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