This Tweet struck a nerve with me and got me thinking.
I see it as evidence for why we’d be a better country and a better democracy if we were to do two things.
Amend the Constitution to;
1. dissolve the Electoral College and,
2. reform or, yes, dissolve the Senate.
Isn’t it time to stop pretending that a system set up 244 years ago by and for rich, white, mostly slave-owning, and land-owning men is above fundamental reform?
Do you still go to a doctor who practices medicine based on knowledge that’s 244 years old?
Do you still travel using 244-year old technology?
Do you still believe in laws that legalize slavery, exclude women from being able to vote, and a whole host of other things that were norms 244 years ago and that are no longer acceptable?
Here’s the case as I see it for the above recommendations.
Wyoming, the least populated and 10th largest geographic state, has fewer than 580,000 people. Alaska is almost 7 times the size and has just under 732,000 citizens.
To put this into perspective, Grand Central Station averaged 750,000 visitors a day pre-COVID.
California has nearly 70 times the population of Wyoming.
The only way it makes sense for Wyoming and California to be equally represented in the Senate is if you put more value on land than you do human beings.
The Electoral College makes this even worse.
Wyoming gets 3 EC votes. One for their House Rep + 2 for their Senators.
California has 55 EC votes.
70 times the population, and only 23 times the influence over who becomes president and vice president.
How does this make sense?
I understand the concept of the tyranny of the majority, and that in some respect our current system is meant to counterbalance that. Ok, if that’s the argument, I get it. I still see, however, the EC and the Senate as a tyranny of a minority. That minority is the rich and mostly white male power establishment.
There has to be a better way than what we have now.
Arbitrary chunks of geography stolen from First Nation peoples that wield disproportionate power over actual human beings is bad for everyone except those in power.
If you’re not a rich white man and you’re still rooting for this 244-year old system of governance, I just think you’re rooting against yourself and everyone else who isn’t that tyrannical minority.
CNN just called the 2020 Election for Joe Biden.
We would have had a different president in 2000 and in 2016 if the presidential election was a popular vote. We would have known who won this election days ago except for the Electoral College.
Every election is supposed to be the will of the people. Why is that not the case for the American Executive Branch?
This meme offers a fact too few “working class” Americans who inexplicably think of themselves as libertarians, capitalists, and free-marketers seem to understand.
Every job that is moved overseas is done so to increase corporate profits.
This meme also leads to something else that I think people need to hear.
We have only Baby Boomers and GenXers to blame for the present state of affairs. We’re the ones who have basically been “in charge” for the last 6 or 7 decades.
Everything from white privilege and institutional racism;
to misogyny, bigotry, and xenophobia;
to the lack of will to address climate change in meaningful ways;
to unfettered and unregulated capitalism that privatizes all the gains and socializes all the losses;
to middle class jobs being moved overseas by corporations are among the problems we older Americans bequeath to future generations.
Too many of my peers, with the help mostly of Republican and libertarian bullshit propaganda about “Invisible Hands” and “free markets”, willingly allowed themselves to be duped into believing they were only “…temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”
We believed that, “Greed is good”;
that a moron like Reagan was right when he said, “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”;
and that some two-bit hack Russian novelist had anything more than an amoral sociopath’s view of how individuals and societies ought to operate.
We did this. We were – and in too many ways, still are – the ones in charge.
Anyone over the age of 40 who denies any of this is either willfully ignorant or straight-up lying to young people.
Anyone who voted for trump in 2016 owns him.
Anyone in PA, MI, and WI who didn’t vote for Clinton does, too.
Yes, the EC sucks, but we can’t pretend we don’t know about it and how it works. So, yes, anyone who pats themselves on their back for casting a “protest vote” in 2016 needs to be willing to acknowledge the contribution they made to the outcome.
There’s no changing the past. What can be changed is where the country goes and how it gets there post-Nov.
As I see it, there’s only one justification for not showing up and voting for Biden regardless of your personal enthusiasm for him. You’re ok with trump getting a second term.
The presidential election is binary. Yes, it sucks, but there it is.
Those who know me well know that I’m as angry, frustrated, and as idealistic as any other liberal.
On one day every two years, however, I’m a pragmatist, not an ideologue. On one day every two years none of us can afford to be ideologues. We must be pragmatic.
Sure, not voting for Biden is a choice. No one can make it for you, and that choice may be cathartic for the feeling you get by “sending a message.”
All I suggest is that you understand what message you’re sending and to whom.
In my view, you’re sending the message that you’re willing to put your ego ahead of the well-being of Americans who are truly at risk in a second trump term.
In my view, you’re sending the message that the American Left couldn’t put their individual egos aside and act for the greater good by sweeping trump out of office in a landslide
And, yes, the message you’re sending is that you’re willing to own trump.
This is not about “guilting” anyone. It’s pragmatic electoral math. Any vote not cast for Biden is a vote that doesn’t cancel out a vote for trump.