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Subject:  Re: Impact of Right Wing Echo Chamber Date:  12/19/2018  8:59 AM
Author:  albaby1 Number:  122955 of 129772

Well, you’ve pretty much made my case. Thank you.

Much to the dismay of some, California and its citizens remain a part of the U.S.

Indeed - but that's not your case.

The purpose of the allocation of Senators was then, and now, to reduce the voting power of the largest states relative to the smallest. And that has not changed - and the number of states in those relative baskets hasn't really changed, either.

In 1770, you had one massive state (Virginia) and four small states (NH, RI, DE, and GA). The rest were all kind of 'middle' sized.

We now have (approximately) four times as many states, and the rough proportion of states in those baskets is basically unchanged. We have four massive states with about 20 million or more people (CA, TX, FL, NY). We have about 16 smallish states (including DC), running from New Mexico (2 million) down to Wyoming (.6 million). The rest, running from Kansas (3 million) to Pennsylvania (13 million), are middling in size.

All that's changed is that the big states have more population proportionally than Virginia did - but the underlying framework is the same. The system reduces the power of the very largest states in favor of the very smallest states, and we still have (roughly) the same number of each.

So if you believe that the principle of limiting the power of the very largest states was a valid one in 1776 (or more appropriately, 1790), that principle is unchanged both in general and in the specific attributes of the states.


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