Thursday, January 13, 2011

What's Wrong with the United States Senate?

What's Wrong with the United States Senate? Alex Massie; The Spectator
...Bernstein acknowledges that this ain't changing any time soon. Or ever, for that matter. But allow me to make a modest case for the equal representation of the many and various states in the upper chamber. At the risk of seeming facile, the clue lies in the country's very name: the United States of America. Before there could be unum there had to be pluribus. The states, by definition, are the constituent components and once you think of the country as a bottom-up rather than top-down entity then the iniquities of equal representation in one half of Congress ceases to seem quite so dreadful and become instead entirely reasonable.

And for good reason. There's an argument, in any case and in any country, for checking the principle legislature and since small states and their interests can easily be overlooked in the House of Representatives it's useful that they be given greater voice in the upper chamber, even if this means they themselves may sometimes exert undue influence. Viewed from that perspective, it's not at all unreasonable for Wyoming to have the same representation as California. ...

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