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And the Seventeenth Amendment, too, John?

Stop me, I am blogging about John C Wright’s blog posts again.

The Federalist Papers are one of those “founding documents” of American political thought that anyone who wants to understand the origins of American Democracy needs to read. I read them in High School.

Anyway, in a blogpost about Federalist Paper 10, John C Wright says:

The Seventeenth Amendment could never have been passed in a nation whose citizens read and affirmed Federalist 10. It is a warning against Progressivism, Leftism, Populism, Factionalism, and the lure of charismatic leaders.

The 17th Amendment is the Amendment that allows for the direct election of Senators. Before the 17th Amendment, Senators were chosen by State Legislatures. The reason why it was passed is because the Gilded Age made a mockery of this practice, and made Senate seats political plums for the rich and powerful.
Recently, the Utah Legislature voted in favor of this horrible idea.

You really want to repeal the 17th Amendment, too, John??!

Repeal the 19th Amendment. NO, sir!

On his blog, John C Wright muses about repealing the 19th Amendment, the Amendment to the US Constitution guaranteeing the vote to women.

Link here:

Perhaps if women did not vote, they could see to the environment, the schools, and the poor through the institutions of the Church, which are better suited to charitable activity and feminine compassion than the hard and harsh swords and balances of townhall.

So, perhaps if women didn’t vote, they would see to other civic matters. Leave that grotty business of government to men.

No. HELL, NO. Disenfranchisment of women does not do them any favors. Women less suited to conflict? Suggesting that it then follows that abrogation of their political rights is a good thing does not follow, counselor.

Election Day

The first Tuesday in November is Election Day in the United States.

I urge all of my readers who can to exercise the franchise.

Also, for the umpteeth time–I want Election Day as a National Holiday. What good reason is there for Election Day not to be a National Holiday? What possible case is there against it?

No way Out

So let me get this straight.
The endgames for this government shutdown and debt ceiling fight are:
1. Speaker Boehner passes a “clean CR” and debt ceiling hike. The result of this is that he loses his job, more than likely.
2. President Obama caves in and negotiates to get a CR and a debt ceiling hike. This has the small effect of causing pain, but it legitimizes political extortion as a tool. So, the next debt ceiling or budget fight, the Tea Party would be fools not to ask for *more*.
3. The country goes into default and the U.S. economy crashes hard until scenario one or two take place.
We’re fucked.

Immigration (political rant)

Sometimes my politics gets the better of me. If this offends you, ignore this post and wait for the next pretty picture or genre thing. There is a genre reference in this rant, though.
Okay, still here? Immigration.
The Immigration debate, especially by the Right, is absolute nonsense. The phrase I hear as the reason why we can’t have immigration reform is the catchphrase “Secure the Border”. Has anyone asked the proponents of this just exactly what they mean by this? Are they asking for a Festung America? Do they have a *clue* how long the US-Mexico border is? (And don’t get me started on the US-Canada border: But let’s face it, most of these ilk don’t care about that border. It’s to stop the Great Brown Hordes from Mexico and Central America.
Okay, so even if you wanted to spend the billions to make The Great American Wall first (physical or virtual), then what? What do you then do with the estimated 12 million people here without proper legal residency?
A. The Kratman Option: You deport them all. This would be massively difficult, massively expensive, and massively stupid. (In one of Tom Kratman’s novels, it apparently does go off in the backstory to the novel). And the effort to do so would be extremely harmful to America as a country–the militarization inside our borders would be something that I think would be hard to undo once done. Because, really, it would take the military to do it. ICE is not equipped to do so. Do you want troops deployed in your town looking for undocumented immigrants? Do you think that they won’t have to stay around to make sure The Great Brown Hordes stay out? Do you want the third Amendment to the Constitution to be the one shredded next?
B. The Underclass Option: You let people stay here with wishy washy words that you aren’t going to deport them, but you never provide a way for them to become citizens. You create a permanent underclass of non-citizens in the country, not able to vote, relegated to the lowest jobs, a permanent untermenschen. Oh, perhaps some will rise above their station, but for the most part, they stay in the shadows. (They might vote against the party that relegated them to this after all if you gave them the vote.). Last I checked, that wasn’t very American, either.
The only option is C. The Reagan Option. You have to provide a rational and reasonable path to legal status and citizenship to those 12 million people here if you want to be true to this country and its founding principles and beliefs. Yes, “Amnesty” Anything else changes America in ways that I think are undesirable.