If there ever was a case to be made to support the need to retain a bicameral legislative branch of government and the Electoral College, I believe Alan Davis’ recent diatribe in The Forum makes it.
Thank you, John Adams and like-minded cohorts, for recognizing the downside to democracy, tyranny of the majority. Adams realized that under-populated regions with cultural backgrounds, views and priorities that differ from highly-populated areas need to be represented in a fair and judicious manner. As a result, states like North Dakota are not entirely dominated by their more populated neighbors.
As a native North Dakotan, I appreciate Adams foresight. I see no good reason why any North Dakotan would argue to base representation in the U.S. Senate on population, or the election of the president purely on popular vote. This would entirely eliminate what little influence North Dakota has on national politics.
I don’t begrudge residents of Minnesota or any other state to select the people they feel are most likely to represent the majority of people in their state. I may not agree with those selections, but that’s the way the system works. Puerile arguments between residents of different states regarding who is better or more enlightened are not worth the paper they’re printed on.
My advice to Alan Davis is to take a deep breath, and maybe a pill, and wait for two years. In the meantime, buy a lot of cheese to go with that whine.