” You have to give this execrable Bloomberg editorial from earlier today points for candor:
The struggle to enact [the Manchin-Toomey plan] turned uphill this week, with nearly all Senate Republicans opposing it and even a few red-state Democrats running for cover. The proposal’s demise, in a 54-46 vote, is a testament to legislators’ continuing fear of the gun lobby. It also illuminates a political equation that grows more unbalanced, especially in the Senate, every year. The votes of Wyoming’s two senators, representing 580,000 citizens, effectively cancel the votes of California’s two senators, representing 38 million. The votes of Illinois, with a population of almost 13 million, are voided by those of Alaska, with little more than 700,000.
This is a problem for sensible gun legislation. It is also a problem for American democracy. If the nation’s laws fail to represent the views of the overwhelming majority of its people, representative democracy becomes a shallow and unsustainable exercise.
Maybe it’s just the editor in me, but do we generally use the word “unsustainable” for something that’s been functioning for well over two centuries?
Now, it’s not quite as bad as it sounds. This turns out to be an argument for abolishing the filibuster, not doing away with the Senate as we know it (not that we need any further proof that the leftwouldn’t shed a single tear over the latter proposal). The reason? You damn rubes won’t put down the boomsticks:”
- Don’t Know Much About (Constitutional) History (onlygunsandmoney.blogspot.com)
- Obama Strong-Arming Votes For Toomey-Manchin As Support Wanes (youviewed.com)
- You can’t understand what’s happened to the Senate without these two graphs (washingtonpost.com)
- Manchin-Toomey Gun Control Amendment Fails (libertynews.com)
- Toomey moves on to ‘other issues’ (politico.com)