IS THE U.S. SIMPLY TOO BIG?

Isobel - posted on 02/05/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I think, considering land mass and population, the US is simply too big to maintain ONE single Country,,,Perhaps each State should become a country of it's own. The idea that Maine and California are voting against each other based on political beliefs....in order to create a unified country seems ridiculous to me.

Is the U.S. simply too BIG to be ONE country?

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Sara - posted on 02/08/2010

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Well, technically states' rights are supposed to supercede the federal government's rights. I think a better question is "Is US government too big?" and to that, I would have to say that yes, it is. I think that more power needs to be given to individual states to makes decisions for their constituents, and I think more could get done on a government level if it were smaller. That's my take on it, anyway.

Lindsay - posted on 02/06/2010

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I agree. I don't think it's too big either but getting some more dominant parties would more than likely be a better way to get more accomplished. I like the set up of state governments to help with smaller local issues but the united front through the federal goverment.

JL - posted on 02/06/2010

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I agree with Esther. I don't think America is too big but I think the 2 party system is outdated and not suffiecient anymore for the geographical and population size. Many people do get uneasy with the idea of breaking the tradition and developing a variety of parties but I think that has to do with the fact that the few third parties that do run besides the Libertarian and sometimes the Green party which are the most closely mainstream acceptable third parties.....that they tend to be oo far out in the right or left field.



I have to say that I have voted for third party candidates before on the local and state level and third parties have found some success in smaller electoral levels but nationally there has not been a figure to really gather enough support. The third parties here need more marketable and well known candidates to break the 2 party hold.

Esther - posted on 02/06/2010

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I haven't read the other posts but the first thing that came to my mind was that no, I don't think the country is necessarily too big, but I do think it's too big to only have to political parties that are viable. How can everyone in a country of this size be represented by just two parties? Holland is about the size of NJ and we probably have 20 parties that have representation in parliament and we have 3 that make up the government in a coalition.

Isobel - posted on 02/06/2010

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Maybe it's not size...I don't know. It just seems like everything I see coming out of America these days is SO polarized. Some people sound like they are preparing for another civil war to be honest with you...and while I once believed that these were a crazy minority...Now I'm not so sure. The extreme right is gaining steam (and that scares the crap out of me)

Kelsey - posted on 02/05/2010

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They could group states together and add another group of government leaders to them to help control spending and avoid some of the coruption.

Kelsey - posted on 02/05/2010

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They could add a new regional system to the state and federal setup for sure. That might do some good!

Kelsey - posted on 02/05/2010

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I agree that this large population is hard to manage, but I dont think we are really doing a bad job at all. I dont see how any of the problems we are having are due to the large population. I think we manage our poulation much better than any other countries of this size do. I really dont think its an issue. I think our issues are due to coruption, poor financial decisions, terrible health care system, etc. Not at all poulation related.

Isobel - posted on 02/05/2010

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I'm not even remotely saying that Canada is better...I'm saying that there is a finite number of people that can be governed by one body...and the US may have exceeded this number. Perhaps groups of states can agree...perhaps they should band together to create a country (New England, Mid-West , etc).

Kelsey - posted on 02/05/2010

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Yes, and that may work for them, but America was built with a whole nother plan, they created this political system in a different way, with the state and federal layout, for so many extremely important reasons. America is so different from other countries because they were trying to create a less corupt system. If they abandoned their entire systems foundation, the whole American dream would be crushed. They are trying to do better than European countries. I would agree its not working like it was supposed to, but that isnt because of the way its set up, its because of the coruption that is so hard to avoid in such a technologically advanced time. The coorporations are to blame for much of this countries problems, not the state system. If we found a way to prevent people from becoming too powerful, and made a few less drastic changes in the system, we could fix alot. We couldnt fix any real problems by changing the entire political structure. That would be moving backward, not forwards.

Isobel - posted on 02/05/2010

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But each State is (approximately) the size a any European country...Canada is much different because of our tiny population.

Kelsey - posted on 02/05/2010

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Yes, and no. The states becoming their own countries is crazy to me, and would completely abandon the whole idea of the United States in many ways. They organised this political system the way it is for a reason. That is never going to happen, and if it did, it wouldnt work.I think the population is too large for any government to control well, but that goes for almost every country out there. There is just simply too many people for any government to run smoothly, thats not necessarily a problem for America, but a general problem in all governments. This country was born with the intention of it being unified, thats the simple foundation of this entire government. If that went, the whole political system we know today would as well. There are a million things we could do to fix this country, but abandoning the entire system is not one of them. Just my opinion of course.

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