View Poll Results: Should the United States of America change its name to the American Federal Republic?

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Thread: Should the United States of America change its name to the American Federal Republic?

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    Should the United States of America change its name to the American Federal Republic?

    The United States of America.

    How quaint.

    To hear that name, it sounds almost as if we were intended to be a collection of semi-independent states, united under one government for defense against tyranny.

    There was a time when that name actually described us.

    No more. What does a state even do anymore? The federal government has grabbed so much power from the states, the "50 nifty" are nothing but lame shadows of themselves.

    That is NOT what the founders had in mind. We were never meant to be a centrally-governed monolith. But that's exactly what we have become.

    For example, if Texas wants to sell assault rifles, ban gay marriage, and if Colorado wants to legalize marijuana, is it really right that someone on the east coast gets to lord over YOUR state and tell you what laws you can and cannot have in your own jurisdiction?

    So we should change our name. I get it... The United States has a quaint, nostalgic appeal. Like an old wooden cottage nobody lives in anymore, but everyone thinks is so cute. But really, the American Federal Republic suits us much better.

    That was never the intention.

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    Re: Should the United States of America change its name to the American Federal Repub

    I think you actually want to change the name to The UnUnited States of America.


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    Re: Should the United States of America change its name to the American Federal Repub

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    I think you actually want to change the name to The UnUnited States of America.
    There was a time when congress actually had to declare a war. The thought being, congressional representatives are there representing the states, and the decision to go to war is a decision the states make collectively.

    Nowadays, the president just unilaterally decides "hey, let me send your kid to war."

    Just one example. Of many.

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    Re: Should the United States of America change its name to the American Federal Repub

    the u.s. is no longer a true republic, since the 17th amendment.

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    Re: Should the United States of America change its name to the American Federal Repub

    Actually, we should channel our inner Star Trek and just call ourselves "The Federation."

    That might be more descriptive.

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    Re: Should the United States of America change its name to the American Federal Repub

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    The United States of America.

    How quaint.

    To hear that name, it sounds almost as if we were intended to be a collection of semi-independent states, united under one government for defense against tyranny.

    There was a time when that name actually described us.

    No more. What does a state even do anymore? The federal government has grabbed so much power from the states, the "50 nifty" are nothing but lame shadows of themselves.

    That is NOT what the founders had in mind. We were never meant to be a centrally-governed monolith. But that's exactly what we have become.

    For example, if Texas wants to sell assault rifles, ban gay marriage, and if Colorado wants to legalize marijuana, is it really right that someone on the east coast gets to lord over YOUR state and tell you what laws you can and cannot have in your own jurisdiction?

    So we should change our name. I get it... The United States has a quaint, nostalgic appeal. Like an old wooden cottage nobody lives in anymore, but everyone thinks is so cute. But really, the American Federal Republic suits us much better.

    That was never the intention.
    It would indeed be more accurate. We haven't been the UNITED STATES of America for quite some time now.

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    Re: Should the United States of America change its name to the American Federal Repub

    I mean... what I don't get with all these federalists is.....

    Don't YOU live in a state? Do you really want some outsider in Washington ****ing DC telling you what laws your state legislature can and cannot pass?

    I mean, that goes for dems and repubs. You want the feds busting in to Colorado to take down the marijuana growers? You want the feds telling the conservative state of Alabama they have to accept gay marriage or else? It goes both ways.

    Why not just live and let live, live in your own damn state and live free. Let others do the same.

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    Re: Should the United States of America change its name to the American Federal Repub

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Actually, we should channel our inner Star Trek and just call ourselves "The Federation."

    That might be more descriptive.
    I think the Borg Collective has a better ring to it.

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    Re: Should the United States of America change its name to the American Federal Repub

    I like the United States of America, I've gotten kinda used to it over the years.

    We are a Constitutional Limited Democratic Republic.


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    Re: Should the United States of America change its name to the American Federal Repub

    Oh look, another terrible poll thread.
    "We have more responsibility than power, I think. The newspaper can create great controversies, stir up arguments within the community or discussion, can throw light on injustices....just as it can do the opposite. It can hide things and be a great power for evil." -- Rupert Murdoch, 1968

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