Monday July 16, 2018
Senate, Supreme Court leave many without a voice.
In America, many think that one man (or woman) equals one vote, so we get equal representation. Not true. Laws that amount to voter suppression, resulting from hysterical but baseless claims of voter fraud, cost many their right to vote in 2016. Yet Hillary Clinton still got 2.86 million more votes than Donald Trump. Millions more people are unrepresented than represented.
Kris Kobach, a prominent provocateur who promoted the rampant voter fraud theory, led Trump's Election Integrity Commission, which fizzled fast. Kobach was subsequently fined in federal court for "a pattern of patently misleading representations," which are lawyer words for: "He lied. A lot."
Now we're about to get another Supreme Court justice appointed by a president elected by a considerable minority and approved by a Senate that is also grossly unrepresentative. California, Texas, Florida and New York together have 108.5 million residents totaling 32.5 percent of Americans and are represented by eight senators. North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont and Wyoming together have 2.7 million residents, or 0.83 percent of Americans and are also represented by eight senators. Pennsylvania's two senators represent 13 million residents, or 6 percent of Americans.
So we are represented by a president for whom a large majority didn't, or couldn't, vote, and a significant percentage of Americans are not equally represented in the Senate.
Will the new Supreme Court justice represent all Americans, or the powerful few who put him there?
Many Americans lack fair representation