Comments on: The U.S. Constitution versus the Democratic Party: at least one is working as it should. http://www.historiann.com/2009/07/28/the-us-constitution-versus-the-democratic-party-at-least-one-is-working-as-it-should/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:01:11 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Monday’s reading assignment: “What Were They Thinking?” : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present http://www.historiann.com/2009/07/28/the-us-constitution-versus-the-democratic-party-at-least-one-is-working-as-it-should/comment-page-1/#comment-851632 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 16:02:20 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6546#comment-851632 [...] Constitution?  The two-party system?  It’s unclear, but as I’ve said here before:  it’s a mistake to see President Obama’s failures or the failures of the Democratic Par….  (After all, it seems to be working out just fine for the Republicans!)  I would place the blame [...]

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By: Kathleen Lowrey http://www.historiann.com/2009/07/28/the-us-constitution-versus-the-democratic-party-at-least-one-is-working-as-it-should/comment-page-1/#comment-388853 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 22:58:31 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6546#comment-388853 I don’t know whether to be more or less depressed that B vs. V has a lot of historical precedent!

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By: Feminist Avatar http://www.historiann.com/2009/07/28/the-us-constitution-versus-the-democratic-party-at-least-one-is-working-as-it-should/comment-page-1/#comment-388732 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 21:41:40 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6546#comment-388732 Whilst I generally concur with the idea that representation should reflect the number in the population, it can lead to an urban bias in political decision-making, especially in regard to the economy. In the UK, where constituencies are determined by population size, and where a large chunk of the population live in London, the rest of the country is repeatedly sold out in favour of economic policies that benefit London. So, for example, they raise petrol prices or car tax to discourage Londoners from driving in a place with excellent public transport- but those of us who live rurally, where public transport is practically non-existant, have to pay the cost. And this is writ large on economic policy more broadly.

On the other hand, the nature of the federal system should be able to counteract some of these issues if population based constituencies were used in the US.

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By: Someone even more cynical than Historiann? : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present http://www.historiann.com/2009/07/28/the-us-constitution-versus-the-democratic-party-at-least-one-is-working-as-it-should/comment-page-1/#comment-388663 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 19:05:15 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6546#comment-388663 [...] you liked Historiann’s little vade mecum last night on the 3/5 Compromise, the Connecticut Compromise, a…, you’ll love Matt Taibbi’s analysis.  (Via Corrente–thanks, a little night [...]

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By: sack up, dems « Faux Populi http://www.historiann.com/2009/07/28/the-us-constitution-versus-the-democratic-party-at-least-one-is-working-as-it-should/comment-page-1/#comment-388646 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 17:30:56 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6546#comment-388646 [...] more bloggers castigate the dems and their ridiculous lack of cojones, especially re: health care. today, from historiann: …it’s not really the fact that Senators from Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, Maine, Iowa, [...]

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By: GayProf http://www.historiann.com/2009/07/28/the-us-constitution-versus-the-democratic-party-at-least-one-is-working-as-it-should/comment-page-1/#comment-388634 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 16:36:13 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6546#comment-388634 Like Sisyphus, I am shocked — SHOCKED — by your support of Andrew Jackson. He opened the door to war with Mexico (within the last 24 hours of his presidency) by recognizing the Texas rebels as an independent nation (Something Mexico never did). And we won’t even get into his irrational fear of a national bank.

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By: Kathie http://www.historiann.com/2009/07/28/the-us-constitution-versus-the-democratic-party-at-least-one-is-working-as-it-should/comment-page-1/#comment-388633 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 16:28:56 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6546#comment-388633 The whole debate on health care has been so restricted and frustrating – see James Rainey’s column in today’s LA Times about how the media focuses on the deadline and the fighting, while ignoring the actual policy choices, and particularly refusing to discuss single payer health care: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-onthemedia29-2009jul29,0,566995.column (full disclosure, my husband is a physician who is very active in Physicians for a National Health Program http://www.pnhp.org/).

Free speech indeed, but only what the blinkered media thinks the public can handle – much better to debate Skip Gates! and on that, I think it was Arianna Huffington who made a comment about all the testosterone in the air, which made me consider how the incident might have gone down (or not gone down at all!) if either the Harvard professor or the Cambridge cop had been female. Just a thought.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2009/07/28/the-us-constitution-versus-the-democratic-party-at-least-one-is-working-as-it-should/comment-page-1/#comment-388628 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 16:07:10 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6546#comment-388628 Kathleen, I’m certainly not a 19th C Constitutional historian, so perhaps some of my more knowledgeable readers will weigh in on this. But from what I understand, the Supreme Court in the 1880s and 90s struck back against progressive legislation being passed in populist states meant to exert greater regulatory authority over businesses by hauling out the 14th Amendment and deciding that its language applied to corporations, specifically the part that says “no state shall deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law.” Thus corporations were deemed the equivalent of “persons.”

That’s not to say that the Buckley v. Valeo case wasn’t important–just that the domination of the federal government by the Republicans ca. 1860-1910 rendered many corrupt fruits, one of which was the psychopathology of the corporation, and that the roots of this are pretty deep in American history.

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By: Kathleen Lowrey http://www.historiann.com/2009/07/28/the-us-constitution-versus-the-democratic-party-at-least-one-is-working-as-it-should/comment-page-1/#comment-388621 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 15:11:09 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6546#comment-388621 Tom & Susan — so right on. Historiann, I thought the money = free speech dealie-o was a result of Buckley vs. Valeo (1976), not a 19th century legacy? but I am an anthropologienne, not a historiann, so if it has deeper roots I’d be interested to learn about ‘em.

As an American working in Canada, not that anyone here will be surprised, but anyway, I’d just like to affirm that “Canadian style healthcare” is dreamy like Outsiders-vintage Ralph Macchio.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2009/07/28/the-us-constitution-versus-the-democratic-party-at-least-one-is-working-as-it-should/comment-page-1/#comment-388534 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 13:02:06 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6546#comment-388534 p.s. to Rad and others interested in l’affaire Gates and its amazing powers of distraction from the much more consequential debates and wranglings over “health care reform”–Roxie has a great post up today about the so-called “racist nosy neighbor.” The 911 call recordings released yesterday show that she never identified the possible “thieves” breaking into Gates’s house as African American, never talked about them having “backpacks,” and Officer Crowley never talked to her about any of this–which suggests strongly that Officer Crowley lied in his police report. Roxie asks why the neighbor who made the call isn’t invited to the WH for suds: “If this was a case about racial profiling – and no less a figure than the president of the United States has said that it is – then Lucia Whalen was the first profiler, a white woman who couldn’t imagine that two black men had legitimate reasons for trying to open a door in elite Cambridge. She was a nosy neighbor, a snooty bitch, the latest avatar of white womanhood imperiled by the black stranger in her midst. Except that maybe she wasn’t any of those things.” So now, a show of male solidarity will be performed tomorrow night, and never mind the ignorant aspersions innocent bystander woman who did her duty without prejudice. Cherchez la femme, people, cherchez la femme!

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