Thinking Citizen Blog —Three Categories of Political Process Reform

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Today’s Topic — Stepping Back: Three Categories of Political Process Reform

Mirror, mirror, on the wall what’s the most important political process reform of them all? To me, the loudest voices fall into one of three categories: the majoritarians (abolish the Electoral College, the Senate), the get-money-out-of-politics crowd (overturn Citizens United), and no-real-democracy-without-proportional-representation (J.S. Mill, CGP Grey). Who’s right? Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.

MAJORITARIANS — abolish the electoral college! abolish the Senate!

1. Is one-person-one vote really the paramount principle?

2. Is federalism not a good idea?

3. Aren’t checks and balances essential to protect minority and individual rights?

NB: The map above shows the numbers of electors assigned to each state in the 2012, 2016, and 2020 elections.

GET-MONEY-OUT-OF-POLITICS — overturn Citizens United!

1. Wasn’t the real issue in Citizens United whether the government has the power to suppress speech?

2. Aren’t newspaper companies corporations?

3. Aren’t any limits on speech an insult to the intelligence of the average citizen?

NO-PROPORTIONAL-REPRESENTATION-NO-REAL-DEMOCRACY

1. Is it fair that 49% of the electorate can have 0 representation in the legislature?

2. What about no taxation without representation?

3. Is gerrymandering really ok?

United States Electoral College

United States Senate

The Electoral College: Top 3 Pros and Cons — ProCon.org

John Dingell: to fix Congress, abolish the Senate

The Path to Give California 12 Senators, and Vermont Just One

Citizens United v. FEC

Was the Citizens United Supreme Court Decision Good for America? — 2016 Presidential Election — ProCon.org

The Problems with First Past the Post Voting Explained

Proportional representation

YOUR TURN

Please share the coolest thing you learned in the last week related to political process or campaign strategy or 2020 candidate selection or anything else for that matter.

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