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Cartoon by Tom Toles, Washington Post (fair use)

 

There’s a viable plan here. ¬†Please consider how to take back our governance:

 

Excerpt, from essay by Thomas Geoghegan, at The BAFFLER :

At a time when we are disoriented by everything happening around us, we are disoriented all the more by our relationship to our federal government because we cannot recognize ourselves in the strange fun house mirror of the ‚ÄúUnited States‚ÄĚ as it is represented in the Senate. It is not just that the U.S. Senate represents a distorted version of the United States but also that it deprives the real United States‚ÄĒthe people as they truly are‚ÄĒof acting in its best interests. And in doing so, it deprives us of the full measure of our citizenship and leads many of us not to bother with being citizens at all.

Filibusted

Because of the U.S. Senate, which denies the principle of one person, one vote, it is unsurprising that we have one of the lowest voting rates in the world‚ÄĒfar lower than other democracies, whether in Europe or Asia, whether rich or poor. For all the rage over vote suppression in the red states, the Constitution itself is a form of vote suppression. The vote suppression built into the Constitution by frustration of majority rule just makes more tempting the overt suppression of which we justly complain. By design, every single American has a different and arbitrarily weighted vote, by virtue of the Senate structure laid out in the Constitution. Understanding that the odds are against their self-government, it‚Äôs easy to see, in part, why 100 million Americans choose not to vote, which in turn makes each vote even more arbitrarily weighted. ¬†[ Continued . . . ]

source : https://thebaffler.com/salvos/abolish-the-senate-geoghegan