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Repeal the 17th Amendment?

George Will puts forward an interesting (and persuasive) argument for doing just that.

Posted on February 23rd, 2009 | Politics

A Cold Civil War?

Susan B. at Lilac Rose:

As far as I’m concerned, the differences are irreconcilable. …

However this election turns out, there will be turmoil. If Obama wins, a large part of the country will feel angry and powerless against the will of the left leaning blue states, the news media, Hollywood and academia. (In fact, they already feel that way, I assure you.) They will believe that ACORN created enough false voter registrations to put Obama over the top. If McCain wins, the left will riot and claim, “The Diebold machines were hacked!” The blue states, the news media, Hollywood and academia will resent that the will of the “dumb hicks” in flyover country overruled that of their “betters”. And we will hear the cries of, “Racism! Racism!” ad nauseam.

I hate to sound all doom-and-gloom, but I see absolutely no solution to this. Or at least no solution in which America stays in the same form it is now. I hope I’m wrong about that. I guess we’ll see.

I can’t say I agree with the entire sentiment expressed by Susan B. But with all the turmoil in the financial markets, I can’t shake the feeling that we are standing on the precipice of some kind of monumental political change. Based on polling from recent years, roughly half the country will welcome such change and the other half will detest it.

Will those reactions lead to something like a “cold civil war”? I hope not – but the existence of such conjecture solidly within mainstream punditry certainly gives pause.

Posted on October 12th, 2008 | Culture, Politics

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