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[–] Salicaz 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

As a staunch "anti-religious" guy, I always found it astonishing that people swarm to Rome (let's pick on these guys this time) in the tens of thousands to watch a guy on a balcony wave at them and mutter a few words.

Millions of people are convinced that he speaks for god, his right hand man (despite being elected). A cult that has astonishing wealth but hordes it and asks it's sheep to give more, which they do. The church here in England is the largest land owner in the UK I'm led to believe and they acquired that through nefarious means.

Think about that for a minute. A tiny city state nestled in another city can command the will of millions of it's sheep, on the basis of "I have the pointy hat and talk to a sky man." It is frighting! Let us not forget the annual human cattle crush, sorry, pilgrimage to walk in circles around a black stone which every Muslim must make at least once in their lives...but that's a stone not a person so I'm drifting off on my rant here.

Economic/Political? Well I was going to vote to stay in the EU come our eventual referendum here in the UK until I saw Germany begin to let millions swarm through their Europe towards their country despite all other countries voicing concern. Then only to see Merkel demand all the other countries "share the burden". I'm sorry no. Too much power in the hands of one leader over other citizens.

I think smaller, more manageable countries and parties represent their populace better.

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[–] SquarebobSpongebutt 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Economic/Political? Well I was going to vote to stay in the EU come our eventual referendum here in the UK until I saw Germany begin to let millions swarm through their Europe towards their country despite all other countries voicing concern. Then only to see Merkel demand all the other countries "share the burden". I'm sorry no. Too much power in the hands of one leader over other citizens.

The US was originally built on a system where the feds only controlled certain things (mainly interstate and external items) and everything else the states themselves controlled. In that type of structure each state could decide to take refugees or not and the only thing other states would be required to do is watch that state take them in (and possibly allow that state to move them through quickly). But power has a way of creeping upward. "It's easier to coordinate at the federal level." Yada, Yada, So on, and So Forth. And sooner or later you have the overreaching Federal government telling each state how many they have to take.

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[–] Atwood [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This (your example) is particularly poignant to me as an American citizen raised in the church of England. From birth I witnessed the hierarchy of things. My parents (true believers) ran musical programs for the church and in return were treated like servants. In retrospect I should probably be thankful; it made plain the hypocrisy and paved the way for questioning the Order. When it comes to political power, as in the Merkel example, do you think there is someway to shoulder the decision making power among large disparate groups?

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[–] Salicaz 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I was fortunate enough to be left to forge my own opinion. My mother is atheist and my step dad is religious.

I've no solution to the problem in Europe, but I feel the way the EU is trying to become a United States of Europe is not the way...we all fight too much! Many countries here don't like the EU's reach in terms of laws and rules but we all like to trade between ourselves etc. Unraveling the trade and money from the politics would be quite the endeavor.