As I read this jeremiad on how unfair our present national electoral system is by Kathy Gill at The Moderate Voice:
Yet in a very real sense, that 51-49 vote on Friday represented the tyranny of the minority, just like the committee vote that preceded it.
Those 51 senators represent only 44% of the U.S. population.
The 49 opposition senators (46 Democrats, two Independents, one Republican) represent 56% of the U.S. population.
On the Senate Judiciary Committee, all Republican members are men; 51% of the U.S. population is female. Most women in America, according to polls, oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Tyranny of the minority.
it occurred to me how narrow the analysis was. Why are party and gender the only things that matter in electoral politics? Why does party matter at all? I don’t think that Ms. Gill realizes how ironic her use of a quote from James Madison was. Madison thought that political parties as such were problematic.
The Democratic Party is already majority minority or very nearly so but that’s not reflected among the Democratic House representative or senators. If it were there would be many more black and Hispanic representatives and senators than at present. If you’re going to argue for proportional representation, proportion of what? Total population, legally resident population, voting age population, eligible voters, registered voters, voters? In a country where the majority of those registered to vote can’t be bothered to do so, it’s hard to sympathize.
Switzerland approximates direct democracy. Every matter of significance is put to a popular vote but Switzerland is small. Would such a system work in the U. S.? Why is representative democracy sacrosanct?
As I have tried to make clear over the years, I favor federalism, subsidiarity, and a federal government limited to its enumerated powers. “Subsidiarity” means that government action and authority resides at the lowest practicable level. In the U. S. that would require an enormous devolution of power back to state and local governments. The irony of holding those views and residing in the state of Illinois is not lost on me. I believe that our present system infantilizes state governments until we get, well, Illinois. An epitome of what I believe is that I think that banks should not be able to operate across state lines and that they should be regulated by states.