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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Party Of Calhoun

When Charlie Pierce nails it, he really nails it.

The single biggest factor in America's current political dysfunction has to be the spread of this ideology of nullification that has overtaken the GOP.  It exists beyond the Old Confederacy, though it is there that it gets its fullest articulation.

Jon Oliver did one of his typical brilliant and incisive bits on how there are American citizens all over the world who are not allowed to vote for the federal government.  In Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam and elsewhere, we have people who exist in the strange limbo between full citizenship and colonial servitude.

I say, make them states.  Balance out the nonsense from the great empty spaces like Wyoming by adding a couple of Senators from Guam and American Samoa.  Add several House members from Puerto Rico.

Eventually, the race-based panic over the national government will have to subside as the demographics of this country shift.

But we have a long road of paralysis and subversion from the right before that happens.

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