Saturday, October 23, 2010

Senate is Antidemocratic

I was reading my political science textbook and I thought this statement was interesting (keep in mind that senators used to be appointed by state legislators until the 17rh amendment):
The founders saw the Senate as a bulwark against unruly democratic majorities. As Richard Rosenfeld summed up the situation, “the United States Senate stands today as a grotesque monument to that antidemocratic legacy; it remains largely a preserve of wealthy white male aristocrats drawn from an entirely different economic class than the people they purport to represent.” Today, however, the situation is even worse. For example, at the time of the founding the most populous state, Virginia, had ten times more people than Delaware, the least populous state. Now, California is the most populous state, and it has 69 times more people than Wyoming, and yet Wyoming has the same voting power as California in the U.S. Senate.
It's ironic how people revere the founding fathers, but completely ignore the fact that many of the founding father's beliefs are incompatible with the way we like to think of ourselves and/or our government.

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