Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by JD Heyes
It’s getting so that the hosts of Alt-Left MSNBC have to say more and more outrageous things just to get noticed, and of course, the network’s principal racialist morning host Joy Reid is always quick to oblige.
Over the weekend during her “AM Joy” program, the host responded with an ignorance only someone on MSNBC could muster to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, where a writer predicted that by 2040, nearly three-quarters of all Americans (70 percent) would live in the 15 largest states, the Washington Times reported.
If that happens, then the majority of Americans will be represented by just 30 U.S. senators, while the 30 percent of Americans who live in the other 35 states will be represented by 70 senators.
“This is the core threat to our democracy,” Reid tweeted Saturday night in response to the piece titled, “The Varied — and Global — Threats Confronting Democracy.”
By 2040, about 70% of Americans are expected to live in the 15 largest states. They will have only 30 senators representing them, while the remaining 30% of Americans will have 70 senators representing them. https://t.co/f1SibnIGHv
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 25, 2017
“The rural minority — the people [author] @JYSexton just wrote a long thread about — have and will continue to have disproportionate power over the urban majority,” Reid continued.
Finally — and right on cue for Alt-Left liberals still ticked off that a billionaire businessman defeated their socialist darling, Hillary Clinton — Reid called for “the abolition of the Electoral College,” to help stave off the “core threat” posed by rural, mostly white, voters.
Groan. Where her overt racism leaves off, her constitutional ignorance picks up.
First and foremost, one of the things that bugs me the most when people like her discuss America is their use of the word “democracy.”
America is not a democracy.
America has never been a democracy.
America was founded as a representative republic and that’s important because it forms the basis for what I’m about to discuss next.
As reported by The Blaze, the Journal’s analysis may not even be correct:
[I]t is based on a prediction by David Birdsell, dean of the school of public and international affairs at Baruch College in New York City. However, Birdsell’s prediction does not appear to have been based on an actual scientific study. Birdsell’s prediction has been frequently quoted online, but it appears to be based on nothing more than a guesstimate from a political science professor, as opposed to any rigorous social analysis.
That said, even if the analysis is correct, it wouldn’t be the first time a majority of Americans were represented by a minority of senators. (Related: Study: Obama, the ‘constitutional professor,’ had the worst Supreme Court record in modern history.)
As reflected by the U.S. Census of 1790. 74 percent of America’s population was living in the seven largest states of the day. That means that the U.S. population has always been concentrated in the larger states (today they are California, Texas, New York and Florida, which a) make up a vast number of electoral votes and b) split evenly between Republican and Democratic presidents, though Florida’s balance is shifting towards the Dems).
“The writers of the Constitution were certainly aware of this fact when the Constitution was drafted,” notes The Blaze. “It was the principal reason for the Connecticut Compromise, which is widely credited with having saved the entire” document.
So Reid isn’t objecting to some ‘new threat’ to American constitutionalism, she is ticked off at a central feature of our constitutional system, as it has always been.
What’s more, Reid doesn’t seem to understand that while the Senate may be dominated largely by rural states, the House membership is selected based on the population of a state. And why? Because the founders always envisioned the House would be representative of ‘we the people,’ while senators would be more mindful of and responsive to state interests. That’s why they called for two senators from each state, no matter its size, and why, originally, U.S. senators were to be selected by state legislatures, not the people (the 17th Amendment changed the election of senators to a direct vote of the people, just like representatives).
I don’t get exercised about Reid’s racialist statements because she makes them so often. But I draw the line at constitutional stupidity.
J.D. Heyes is editor of The National Sentinel and a senior writer for Natural News and News Target.