The travesty of an election

First, let everyone keep in mind, not just today but for the next four years, that this was not democracy at work; this was our anti-democratic Constitution at work.

The practical effect of the provisions of the Constitution is to give Republicans an unfair advantage in the Presidency (and this has been decisive twice now in the last 16 years), in the Senate (fairly obvious), and in the House of Representatives (this one is harder to explain to people, but true nonetheless).

Every time a talking head interviews a Republican, they should ask them what justification they can give for holding on to this unfair advantage.

If Democrats want to make out like they are the ‘good guys’ in Washington, constantly trolling us all for campaign contributions, they should be proposing Amendments that do away with these anti-democratic provisions. Every Senator or Congressperson, if they pretend to hold lower-case-d democratic values, should support such Amendments. If representatives from small states stonewall them, they are guilty of violating what I would call the ‘implicit oath of office’: to place the public good ahead of personal or partisan considerations.

Indeed, if Republicans stand in the way of this change, they are in the position of abusers: they are saying to Democrats, saying to California and New York and Massachusetts (and so on) ‘An accident of history has given me a position of power over you, but that’s just too bad for you.’ This abuse is less egregious than what went on in South Africa in the days of apartheid, but it is still abuse.

‘That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it …’

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One Response to The travesty of an election

  1. Jan Lundberg says:

    This makes entire sense. I hadn’t thought of it that way. I became aware sometime back, probably from Howard Zinn’s writings, that the U.S. experiment was not enough of an experiment in democracy when the elite made sure it held all the cards! As to abolishing, it could be that the U.S. cannot hold together. One reason is the impracticality of staying together forever with the aid of the Interstate Highway system, subsidized petroleum, and the suppression of what were and could again be local cultures and real communities. For now “we” seem to be stuck together despite extreme disagreements among segments of the population. If one or a few segments tried to abolish the U.S., there may not be much support to get far. CalExit sounds modern and perhaps feasible, but what could really accomplish it if the state’s population were not mostly for it? Ecotopia had the lever of a nuclear weapon to secure independence.

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