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Subject:  Re: Impact of Right Wing Echo Chamber Date:  12/19/2018  2:24 PM
Author:  Goofyhoofy Number:  122974 of 129726

All that's changed

Actually what has changed is practically everything, so far as government is concerned. At the beginning states were more like countries. You could barely travel from one to the next, given that horseback was the only mode of transportation. Citizens were far removed from the Federal government, which was formed mostly for the purpose of declaring independence, fomenting war, and insuring liberties once that war was concluded. And later managing foreign trade, printing money (although that took decades) and so on.

The Federal government was financed almost entirely by tariffs which were invisible to the citizenry, law enforcement was a local issues, schools, where they existed were local, roads were local, almost everything was local. It made sense for "states" to have rights for and against each other, as disputes between them arose and could be settled far away.

Now the world has changed. The Federal government, after the great depression and World War II became far more active in the average person's life. Taxation is mostly federal, rights are entirely federal, important infrastructure is largely federal, and so on. Town governments and state representatives seem invisible to the common person (who here can name their representative in their *state* legislature?) while the Federal has an overweening presence.

It may have made sense at one time to have a bicameral legislature with "states" controlling one house (I'm not sure, but I'll give the benefit of the doubt), but those days have passed. Most states (curiously) do not have a state legislature with "counties" controlling one house, most foreign governments do not have this arcane system, it is time we stopped pretending that Hamilton had all the answers for all time and think about maybe changing back to the ideal of "one voter, one vote" rather than disenfranchising the most productive among us in favor of the rural dwellers who stamp their feet at how badly they're treated, while simultaneously take triple or quadruple the voting power away from the rest of us.
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