A dy­ing democ­racy

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - FROM THE COVER -

I am get­ting wor­ried about the state of our democ­racy, and I teach about it ev­ery day to high school students. The Repub­li­cans should state plainly that if they are in con­trol of the Se­nate, no Demo­cratic nom­i­nee for the Supreme Court will get a hear­ing. Then we will know for cer­tain that our demo­cratic ex­per­i­ment has failed.

The Se­nate is one of the least rep­re­sen­ta­tive parts of our gov­ern­ment. The state of Wy­oming has fewer res­i­dents than our medium­sized city of San Fran­cisco, yet Wy­oming has the same num­ber of sen­a­tors as Cal­i­for­nia. James Madi­son knew this was un­demo­cratic, but it was an­other com­pro­mise, along with the Elec­toral Col­lege, to ap­pease the slave states (and the small states).

These com­pro­mises came to cre­ate this coun­try, but they also came at a ter­ri­ble cost. Democ­racy is dy­ing right in front of us.

Adam Michels, San Fran­cisco

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