We are not a nation divided as much as a the media represents. Simply put, a woman won the popular vote, as in the majority, but then we have this outdated convoluted system of Electoral College votes that removes that actual vote and in turn power of the majority to elect their own leader of the Nation and literally override their own votes. And one wonders why less than half our population votes. And of course add to it the laws and regulations put in place that almost ensures that fewer vote and especially those of color.
And why is that? Well we are told our elected officials are doing what their constituents want. Well if they did given the last go around with Town Halls it goes to show that the divided seemed less so when it came to issues of import, such as those decisions being rendered by the Electoral College's President.
And this also applies to the Senate and the concept that the equal two person concept of Senators from States regardless of population somehow bring parity and equanimity when it comes to legislation. The idea being that they are elected and represent their party as elected by their State to represent their best interest of said state or why would they be elected if not. And here is where the party divide concept comes into play.
This article I think describes how the Senate too is also equally non-representative of the people at large and their constituents. Surprise Surprise Surprise. Or not.
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But the times are changing. Last week, the Republican majority changed the rules of the filibuster to allow confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, several years after Democrats, frustrated at not being able to approve judges of their own, changed the rules on Republicans. Those moves, coupled with the fervently partisan moment on Capitol Hill, has meant a much-less-congenial Senate — and a Senate that, by one metric, is closer to allowing outright minority rule.
This is tricky to measure, in part since the two senators from a state don’t always concur. If, for example, we say that the population of a state stands in support of a bill or a nomination if either one of their senators supports it, the percentage of the U.S. population supporting each bill in every such vote since 1991 looks like this. (Data for these visualizations are from GovTrack.us and the Census Bureau.)
In none of those votes did less than half of the U.S. population approve. You’ll notice, though, that the results of late have often been closer to that line. (Again, because of D.C., the figure can never hit 100 percent.)
This misses a component of the vote, though: What about the senator from a state that may oppose? If we instead count a state’s full population if both senators back the bill or nomination and half the population if only one does, the pattern looks like this.
On average, bills and nominations that have passed so far in 2017 (the first year of the 115th Congress) have had the support from senators representing far less of the American population than normal.
There’s a reason those averages are as low as they are right now. Most of the votes taken in the Senate in 2017 have been on President Trump’s nominees to the Cabinet or the Supreme Court — fights that have been deeply contentious thanks to the combination of an increase in “no” votes on nominees and thanks to the fervent opposition from rank-and-file Democrats to the Trump administration.
That means that, as a percentage of all passing votes taken so far this year, far more have been approved by less than half the country’s population (on our relative metric) than in any year prior.
Over the rest of the 115th Congress, it’s likely that the Senate will find more votes on which it agrees, and the percentage of the population represented by passing votes will tick upward. It is also possible that, thanks to senators from populous blue states withholding support, the 115th Senate will continue to move closer to a situation in which a minority of the U.S. population overrides the majority in passing legislation.