Friday, December 18, 2009

A good idea that can't pass

The folowing is an interesting letter to the local paper:
When Thomas Jefferson wrote "All men are created equal" in the Declaration of Independence, that statement became the basic essence of what democracy is. This being the case, I ask you why a citizen who lives in Wyoming has approximately 70 times the Senate representation as a citizen of California in 2008?

Senators who represent states with small populations have far more power than they deserve; in fact, Republican Senators represent only 37 percent of the U.S. population. I see nothing wrong for senators of small states protecting their state's right to be treated equally by the feds. This was what the framers intended senators to do in 1787. At that time the framers of the Constitution couldn't conceive of federal programs for the populace; however, I find senators from small states having this undue influence on national issues that affect all U.S. citizens to be a flaw in our marvelous Constitution.

Did you know that Republican Senators represent only 37 percent of the U.S. population? You'd never know it if you've been following the health care debate. This injustice will never be corrected until the Supreme Court forces Congress to make the necessary changes to make the statement "All men are created equal" factual in the USA. (end of letter)

I agree with Mr.Martin in principle. It is absolutely unfair that Wyoming voters have much more power than California voters. But the truth is that nothing can be done about it. Contra Mr.Martin, the Supreme Court does not have the authority to repeal a Constitutional provision (Article I, Section 3 provides for two Senators from each state). I'm not even sure that a constitutional amendment would be able to rectify this problem; Article V says no state without its consent shall be denied equal suffrage in the Senate in any future amendment. For better or worse, the Founders made structural changes in our government very difficult.

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