First, let’s identify two American myths.
1. “America is a democracy.”
Sorry folks. It is neither. And that means it is NOT a democratic republic. Fair political representation for the voters is what defines a democratic republic.
Here’s the primary problem that is eroding the integrity and rotting the soul of the United States of America.
Our elections are rigged. And NOT in favor of Democrats.
Along with the fiction of “corporate personhood” and the secret dirty money in election campaigns, there are three institutional poison pills that are suffocating democratic representation in America.
It’s not just the anti-democratic and unrepresentative Electoral College. The Constitution has other fatal flaws undermining fair representation in the Senate and House.
State control of federal elections means gerrymandering, and partisan control of elections, vote counting, and the results. Republicans can control the House with fewer votes than Democrats.
The Senate is the least representative body in any democratic republic in history. Republicans can control the Senate with fewer votes than Democrats.
Some numbers for your consideration:
Washington DC has an estimated population of 650,050 with zero representation in the Senate.
That is more than Vermont’s 643,077 and Wyoming’s 576,851, but they each have two senators.
California has 39,938,223 with the same Senate representation.
There’s no way the founders could have foreseen this gross imbalance of legislative power. This is clearly not what they meant by “consent of the governed”.
Democrats don't currently have the votes to grant statehood to Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., or the U.S. Virgin Islands, so they are excluded from our political process.
There is no consent of the governed allowed at all for those American citizens.
In 2012 Democratic House candidates drew nearly 1.4 million more votes than Republican candidates. Through partisan redistricting, Republicans landed a 33-seat House majority.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said states are “laboratories of democracy”.
In a pig’s eye. They are really laboratories of one-party rule.
In 2018, Democrats in Wisconsin won every statewide office and a majority of the statewide vote, but thanks to gerrymandering, won only 36 of the 99 seats in the state assembly.
Republicans Win Fewer Votes, but More Seats than Democrats
Republicans controlled the post–2010 redistricting process in the four states, and drew new lines that helped the GOP win the bulk of the House delegation in each. Republicans captured 13 of 18 seats in Pennsylvania, 12 of 16 in Ohio, nine of 14 in Michigan, and five of eight in Wisconsin. Added together, that was 39 seats for the Republicans and 17 seats for the Democrats in the four pro–Obama states.
The key to GOP congressional success was to cluster the Democratic vote into a handful of districts, while spreading out the Republican vote elsewhere. In Pennsylvania, for example, Republicans won nine of their 13 House seats with less than 60% of the vote, while Democrats carried three of their five with more than 75%.
Angela Rye is the Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm formerly based in Washington, DC, and served as the executive director and general counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus for the 112th Congress
The Voting Rights Act has been reauthorized FIVE times since 1965 and it has always had BIPARTISAN support.
In 1970- S: 64-12, H: 237-132
In 1975- S: 77-12, H: 341-70
In 1982- S: 85-8, H: 389-24
In 1992- S: 75-20, H: 237-125
In 2006- S: UNANIMOUS H: 390-33
The interesting part?
Every reauthorization has been signed into law by a Republican President. 1965 was of course LBJ (Dem), but…can we imagine what might have changed since 2006?
Oh…so glad you asked!
Barack Hussein Obama became President in 2008.
Voter ID and voter suppression bills began getting introduced in droves (thanks to the help of ALEC) in 2010. Tea Party also started that year, but I digress
Then in 2013, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. Since then, the hyper-partisan Congress has not been able to pass this traditionally very BIPARTISAN bill.
But Republicans insist they “don’t see color”. I’m sure it was just a coincidence that Obama was president when they saw a problem with voter rights.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD)tweeted: “Consent of the governed is the organizing principle of our democracy, and majority rule is our operating system. If we can’t restore majority rule to the Senate, we can’t protect majority rule in the states.”
There’s only one remedy for this. And it is as elusive as the combined cure for cancer and stupidity.
We need a new Constitution, or some serious amending to the one we have, to establish a true democratic republic...If that is even desired by the distracted and deceived American people.
50 Democratic senators represent 41,549,908 more Americans than 50 Republican senators.
A 41,549,908 imbalance of representation is NOT democratic and NOT a republic, “a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives”.
By 2040, it is estimated 30% of the population will control 68% of the Senate. Eight states will contain half the population. The Senate imbalance of representation gives advantages overwhelmingly to white, non– college educated voters. In the near future, a Democratic candidate could win the popular vote by many millions of votes and still lose.
Our federal system does NOT represent the will of the American people. "Consent of the governed" has been betrayed and crushed.
But the worst is yet to come. Corpo-Dems Manchin and Sinema will abet the radical Right’s suppression of voter rights legislation.
Permanent minority rule will be the standard in America’s future from now on.
Barring a miracle of Democrats holding the House and gaining in the Senate, we can forget about any pretensions of a democratic republic. The keys to one-party fascism have been forged.