Purge 70% of U.S. House of Representatives incumbents, just like they did in 1816

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This coming 2016 election will mark the 200th anniversary of the largest single purge of incumbent U.S. Representatives, the "highest rate of turnover in any congressional election in American history." Back then, these congressmen were raising their pay while showing cruel indifference to starving, dying New Englanders, whose "Year Without A Summer" in 1816 (and subsequent bad years) practically led to the exodus now known as the State of Ohio. Disgust at the ballot box led to this, but how would we handle, engineer, a similar purge in 2016? What catastrophe or circumstance could cause this to happen in 18 months? ...

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