Tagged: senate

Barn with American flag in a small-population state on the Great Plains 1

Protecting the Rights of Citizens of Small-Population States

To protect the interests of citizens of small-population states, the constitutional amendment that reforms the Senate should include a clause that bars Congress from making a law that has a discriminatory effect upon a citizen of a small-population state or states, when not “substantially related” to furthering an “important public purpose.”

The Houses of Parliament, London. 1

Britain reformed its Undemocratic Upper House a Century Ago

One happy result of placing all power in one body that cannot shift it’s responsibility to anyone else is that British people vote in elections, since their representative in Parliament may literally determine what is and isn’t law in the U.K. Since the soldiers returned from World War I, voter turnout in national elections has never been lower than 59.4%. After all, if you live in a so-called “marginal constituency,” your choice for “M.P.” may not only decide which party makes all the laws, but who becomes prime minister, since the P.M. is the leader of the party with the most seats in Commons.

Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell 5

Constitutional Changes to Restore American Democracy: Reforming the U.S. Senate and ending the Imperial Presidency

Syndicated columnist Joe Matthews proposed last week that campaigning to change the U.S. Constitution to restore democratic stability to the U.S. would be a better alternative for Californians than pressing for independence now. At the least, Matthews argues, this would satisfy world opinion that California is restoring her independence only after using all her power to reform the U.S. Constitution.
Consistent with my obligation as a lawyer to support necessary legal reforms, here are the most significant of my recommendations for strengthening democracy by reforming the U.S. Constitution.