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Show Of Hands October 19th, 2013 1:43am

Do you believe our country is stronger and better when it consists of a diverse group of states with their own unique laws, or when Federal laws gradually make all states operate more and more alike?

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emilyl627
10/25/13 5:03 pm

The articles of confederation vs. the constitution

tchance2 32218
10/21/13 9:27 am

This is interesting because democrats usually praise diversity until this question comes along.

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Drathic Over Yonder
10/20/13 4:08 am

State rule is my vote. Side note: I think if this question was written more fairly, there would be a LOT more votes for Federal rule... Obviously written by a state-ist.

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Drathic Over Yonder
10/20/13 4:10 am

I think the majority of both Democrats and Republicans would choose Federal rule, in fact.

tchance2 32218
10/21/13 9:30 am

I think you're wrong. I think it could have been a lot more "State-ist" like this...The Federal Gov shut down recently for nearly three weeks and has a debt over $16,000,000,000,000.00 do you think it should be more accountable?

Gunfighter
10/20/13 1:10 am

We are a REPUBLIC of 50 semi-sovereign states, NOT a democracy. The states can do whatever they want as long as the Constitution does not explicitly forbid it.

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Gunfighter
10/20/13 1:10 am

I want to be governed by other Iowans, not other Americans.

ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
10/19/13 9:04 pm

You have to have diversity or everything just gets boring and stale

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bchrome
10/19/13 9:11 pm

As opposed to the occasional civil war.

Snedegar Michigan
10/19/13 5:42 pm

Love this question! Diversity!

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behindtheveilofmaya Indiana
10/19/13 5:36 pm

There are a lot of laws that must be the same across the board (murder, rape, common sense laws) but there are a broader range of things states should be allowed to decide for themselves.

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theNobamist Silicon Valley
10/19/13 4:25 pm

Making every state identical will work as well as the EU. I feel bad for Germany, supporting laggards beggar. And the Brits are happy they kept their own currency!

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CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
10/19/13 4:25 pm

Apparently democrats only like diversity of skin color, but not diversity of ideas

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firefly5 the verse
10/19/13 4:51 pm

ideas, laws, let's lump those together to make a point.

theNobamist Silicon Valley
10/19/13 4:21 pm

It's called the American "Experiment" for a reason. States are the testing grounds for policies. Look at Wisconsin's welfare reform, varied gun and tax laws, gay marriage, immigration adherence. Some winners, some losers.

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sailrealvty Downtown
10/19/13 1:51 pm

I'm just on the fence today-

Physician licensing
Child molesters
Kidnapping your own kids

Are two that absolutely should be wired federally.

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
10/19/13 4:26 pm

All the people advocating for making child molestation legal in certain states are going to be pissed at your bold opinion

sailrealvty Downtown
10/19/13 5:19 pm

@logicman81. NOT legal- consistent in awareness; a predator's ability convicted in one state to hop to another and commit more atrociousness before required to check on with parole officer.

sailrealvty Downtown
10/19/13 5:22 pm

Same for physicians... Malpractice being investigated in one state allows physician to get licensed in other states. -

sailrealvty Downtown
10/19/13 5:24 pm

Convictions even - due diligence should be federally wired up and accountability should be federal to communicate those allegations to conviction that regulates and a waiting period for granting licenses to multiple states. Physicians state hop.

sailrealvty Downtown
10/19/13 5:27 pm

Molestation legal in some states gaining momentum????

Anyone advocating for that? Bring on every argument, every atom of being pissed is welcome just use your real name and what state you're from

Right here I'm waiting.

10pies
10/19/13 1:13 pm

how exactly would the nation be stronger if the states are more divided.

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theNobamist Silicon Valley
10/19/13 4:23 pm

Choice. Aren't Democrats all about choice, or just one particular choice? (and I'm not talkin about school choice ;)

10pies
10/19/13 5:09 pm

say what you will about democrats, I don't care. but the poll was asking which choice would make the nation stronger, not which one is a better dream world.

MisterE Conservistan
10/19/13 10:44 am

Letting the school decide who they want to hire is also not unreasonable.

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kairu Trust no one...simple
10/19/13 10:17 am

That's why we have states! Gee whiz

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ThomasK
10/19/13 9:56 am

UNITED States. Not 50 different little countries.

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platinum
10/20/13 8:29 am

Just like Russia right? Oh wait....

gjb2779
10/19/13 9:29 am

State powers are better because all 50 states have different resources, values, and needs. Let the states act in their own unique interests as much as possible

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dickluger
10/19/13 9:21 am

So diversity is fine for college enrollment but not state/regional laws? Does this mean democrats really don't like diversity when it counts? IE: when it directly affects them?

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ThomasK
10/19/13 9:54 am

That's an idiotic analogy. Very, very different definitions of diversity you're trying to use that have zero in common.

dickluger
10/20/13 4:34 am

Different definitions of diversity? Seriously? It means the same thing (if you even know what it means) but it's applied differently based on political standings. Wow.

getupbaby South City
10/19/13 9:02 am

15% of Republicans were confused by the word diversity!! ;)

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ScrewU Gone
10/19/13 8:05 am

Our country DID work better when states had more power. Communities have their own priorities and values, and forcing some monolithic ideal of society on all 330 million of us is stupid and a wrong fit for nearly everyone.

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scoredflea
10/19/13 7:31 am

I answered diversity, but there are some things that just shouldn't be left to the states, especially some social issues.

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getupbaby South City
10/19/13 9:03 am

Good luck getting everyone to agree on abortion!

sojourner present
10/19/13 6:12 am

This was a difficult one for me. Federalism lets the states act as labs for public policy. If they do something great then the other states can adopt it. Nut if they screw it up then only one state is affected.

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sojourner present
10/19/13 6:14 am

But uniformity in laws under a unitary system brings stability, predictability. Fed govt can address problems/flaws the states can't or won't. Equality of opportunity is better addressed at a natl level rather than the states

jvc1133 61535
10/19/13 6:10 am

Diversity, I thought that was the plan

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SirPoet Texas
10/19/13 6:54 am

diversity among the people but if there is diversity among the states it would be hard to regulate laws between states.

jvc1133 61535
10/19/13 6:59 am

We manage it now

SirPoet Texas
10/19/13 7:09 am

at the moment we are at the midpoint. lets say we give the states more power to do so it would be more difficult

jvc1133 61535
10/19/13 7:14 am

Sorry not giving up states rights

getupbaby South City
10/19/13 9:05 am

I don't understand. Every state has its own laws for driving, food regulation, and criminal laws. What gets muddled here??

ZaQ777 Pittsburgh
10/19/13 5:56 am

For the most part, either something should be legal or it shouldn't. Civil rights for example...I don't know why we allow some states to be unreasonably oppressive. State should only legislate inherently location dependent things like minimum wage.

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kcRVAco
10/19/13 7:49 am

Please provide an example of how a state oppresses it's citizens

ZaQ777 Pittsburgh
10/19/13 9:54 am

I did, in the same sentence...civil rights. It's kinda cliche at this point, but marriage equality (or lack thereof) is the most obvious example.

kcRVAco
10/19/13 12:03 pm

Civil rights and marriage are two completely different things. Why is the government even involved in marriage? And sorry civil rights is not an example due to the fact it covers such a wide range of topics

ozzy
10/19/13 5:22 am

That IS how our constitutional Republic is set up. Many laboratories of experimentation with one loosely held federal umbrella. Strong state governments with a weaker federal gov.

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dxstap Bloomington, Indiana
10/19/13 5:16 am

This one of the fundamental differences between liberals and conservative.

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li11001
10/19/13 6:56 am

And Trenton is different than Paramus. What is your point?

evoecon nearest binary system
10/19/13 4:20 am

Diversity is essential in the States as well as in the population.

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rcgrant south carolina
10/19/13 3:31 am

if all are equal then we become a nation of sheep. diversity in my opinion equals checks and balance on some small scale

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li11001
10/19/13 6:58 am

Providing a basic set of laws that are fundamental across all states isn't becoming sheep. As many have already pointed out, it provides stability.

cyanospool The Deep North
10/19/13 12:45 am

Well a country is technically "stronger" when it's legally homogenous, but that's not necessarily a good thing.

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PartyJustin R.O.C.K. in the R.O.C.
10/19/13 12:43 am

It really depends on the laws in question. Anything to do with civil rights and equality I think should be handled federally. Probably most other things are fine being handled by the states, but I'm sure there are still exceptions.

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jeffrey306 steel town
10/19/13 12:17 am

A good mix I'd say. Some things need to be federally dealt with though... Civil rights, immigration, anything that can have a significant impact on neighboring states.

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skacey best poll is evenly split
10/18/13 11:38 pm

Nevada has legalized prostitution and gambling. Would you want the ability to stop us from having those freedoms?

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ozzy
10/19/13 5:23 am

Can we have that too in ohio - lol

CzarCastic
10/18/13 11:21 pm

If evryone agrees, someone is not speaking up. Both sides need to be presented

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DenisC NYC Rome Miami Beach
10/18/13 10:16 pm

I thought that unity brought more strength?!?! So, the majority says that the more we become diverse, more and more different from each other, .... The stronger we become ??? Maybe I got the meaning of stronger wrong then......

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DirCat Tuscaloosa, Alabama
10/18/13 10:01 pm

Most state laws are ones that limit freedom.

Spiritof76 USA 1776
10/18/13 9:39 pm

In our case, one size does not fit all.

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pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
10/18/13 9:28 pm

73% in favor of the people and states having most of the say in governance, yet we continue to put up with this bullspit out of Washington? It's time we made our voices heard together. Screw D.C.

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kdaub13
10/18/13 10:36 pm

Remember the people are alway in full control of the government. Who put the people at Washington in office?

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
10/18/13 10:49 pm

We put them in power, yes. But it seems we've forgotten how to kick them OUT of power once they go bad.

RazeSkynet Charlotte
10/18/13 11:36 pm

the illuminati puts the people in office in Washington

wiildkat Propertarian
10/18/13 9:06 pm

Tiny, you're screwing with the liberals' heads with this question!!!

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nulax15 Vermont
10/18/13 8:52 pm

The "country" is better off with strong federal but I am a proponent of STRONG STATES!!!!

wiildkat Propertarian
10/18/13 9:06 pm

Interesting. I'm a proponent of weak Feds and weak states

crewsmissle Florida
10/18/13 8:51 pm

Amazing......according to these polls we all think we should be 'racially' diverse but we don't think states should be diverse. Strange...hypocritical much?

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crewsmissle Florida
10/18/13 8:52 pm

Wait I'm going nuts and color blind. Don't mind me....

MadCow True GOP
10/18/13 8:42 pm

Congratulations, you've effectively doomed Mississippi.

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MisterE Conservistan
10/18/13 8:50 pm

Ah the "poor Mississippi" argument.

suppressedID keep Summer safe
10/18/13 8:40 pm

"Unique" and "laws" together sounds like a recipe for a clusterfu€%.

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dominiclandry
10/18/13 8:35 pm

It really depends on what kind of laws we are talking about here. Security, currency, stuff like that, let federal do. But the 10th amendment is there for a reason

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BadWolf The Library
10/18/13 8:26 pm

States have to compete for people. Because its totally normal to pack up and move away from jobs, friends, and family to go live in a different state a couple times. Sounds reasonable.

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bchrome
10/18/13 8:32 pm

I am just over 50. I have lived on 3 continents and over 15 states, over 30 moves. Maybe not reasonable to you but it works for me.

MisterE Conservistan
10/18/13 8:41 pm

That's true, but it's more reasonable than moving countries.

Pastafarian Planet Earth
10/18/13 8:15 pm

If only states made laws there would probably still be slavery in a few states.

MisterE Conservistan
10/18/13 8:18 pm

They wouldn't be able to compete with the states that didn't have slavery.

bchrome
10/18/13 8:11 pm

That was the original intent, a minimal federal gov. For national defense and foreign trade, all other laws were to be regulated by the individual states. Citizens could vote with their feet when a state gov. got out of control. No longer :-(

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aaronb50
10/18/13 8:08 pm

Diversity except in civil rights cases. The federal government must protect the minority.

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bchrome
10/18/13 8:32 pm

No they don't.

Liberty 4,032,064
10/18/13 7:50 pm

The more local a government, the more representative it will of the people.

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Liberty 4,032,064
10/18/13 7:50 pm

it will be* of the people

bchrome
10/18/13 8:13 pm

Excellent point!

MisterE Conservistan
10/18/13 8:14 pm

Is this an advocation of anarchism?

Liberty 4,032,064
10/18/13 8:19 pm

If you wanted to carry it to the final logical extreme, then I suppose it would be. But it is true nonetheless.

MisterE Conservistan
10/18/13 7:45 pm

Of course, the states have to compete with each other on best public policy which leads to innovation and adoption of good policies.

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