Re: Obligatory Obamacare thread
Think of it like a video game that has multiple playable characters. Some of the characters are much stronger than others--they have better moves, they don't have as many weaknesses, whatever. The game isn't as good as it could be, because the winners are always going to be those same few characters who have the best attributes.
As they say in the business, the game designers can buff
the weak characters and nerf
the strong ones. They can even out the odds--give the strong characters more weaknesses, boost the strength of the weaker characters, and generally tweak their attributes so that everybody can compete.
That's what the Electoral College is supposed to do, at least in theory. It buffs the weak players and it nerfs the strong ones. It's supposed to give everyone a fair shot at winning.
That said, just as it is with video games, it doesn't work perfectly. When you have a big, unpredictable system of rules, players, and options, no set of buffs and nerfs can be wise and prescient enough to cover every possible contingency and ward off every potential problem. It's no simple thing to manage such a system.
Did you know that several of the Confederate States issued declarations as to why they were seceding from the Union? Obviously you didn't... but you do now!Georgia:
* objects to the northern states for enacting laws to allow slaves to stay in northern territory as freemen
- 1. an objection very much concerned with continuing the institution of slavery
- 2. an objection directly concerned with upholding
the federal government's power to limit the laws of individual states
- 3. an objection very much opposed to the preservation of rights of individual states
- this is couched in language that alternately refers to slaves as fugitives from labor and as lost property
* the text of this one is big and blocky, but just CTRL+F "slave"South Carolina:
* like Georgia, SC objects to the northern states harboring slaves instead of returning them
* accuses northern states of educating slaves who remained in the south and inciting them to rebelTexas:
* credits whites with the establishment of American civilization and expressly denies all credit to African slaves
* describes blacks as "inferior" and "dependent" and that they could not benefit from or tolerate any other condition
* describes slavery as mutually beneficial to slavemasters and slaves
* invokes the authority of God to justify the right to keep Africans enslavedMississippi:
* Seriously, just read the whole thing. It's an easy breezy read and it's really, really awful.
I will reiterate that these are all official declarations issued by these states to express their reasoning for seceding from the Union, and by extension their reasoning for opposing the northern states in the Civil War.
Then there's this here speech
delivered by Alexander Stephens, who, as we all know because we're really smart about our history, was Vice President of the Confederate States.
* "Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas [see below]; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition."
* the ideas he talks of opposing here are the ideas held by most Revolution-era Americans that slavery was temporary and should soon pass from existence
* and pay close attention to the part where he outright said the Confederacy was founded upon the idea that Africans are naturally subservient and that slavery should be held in perpetuity.
At this point, just so nobody's forgotten, I'll repeat what you said:
Let's be clear that I'm
not the one saying otherwise. None of this stuff is my invention. That said, I did take a pretty extensive Antebellum American History class... in college. (musical sting here)
I think you should ditch the needlessly hostile language toward people whose opinions you oppose. Language like "liberal hippy fuckheads" is for lesser Internet forums. It brings this place down.
I also think you owe an apology to Vexer for preemptively calling him out on a matter that turned out to be a misconception on your part.*_
*I put that as gently as I could. Take it as an opportunity to go the classy route.