Big Left has been chanting about “reforming” the Senate again.
Rep Phillips summed up a chanting point we’ve heard from the likes of Tina Smith and Nancy Pelosi:
Let me spell this out for the benefit of Democrats: the US is not – or is not supposed to be – a government with all significant power centralized at the national level, like the UK or France. It’s a federation of states – the United States, a group of independent and interdependent mini-nations joined in a federation with limited, enumerated powers.
Among the primary reason to enumerate and limit those powers? To prevent the most populous states from dictating national policy to smaller states.
It’s why we have a House of Representatives to directly represent The People, and a Senate that represents the interests of States; to check and balance the interests of both sides.
This enumeration of powers, and limits on those powers, is called the Constitution. The Constitution is very closely analogous to a contract.
And when you breach a contract, the law – well, a just legal system – offers relief to the parties to the contract. Including the dissolution of the contract.
Abrogating the Senate’s ability to check and balance the majority and act in states interest is a breach of contract, and grounds for dissolving the Union.
Prove me wrong.
NOTE: If your answer is “the question ‘can we secede’ was settled in 1965”? No. Two reasons:
- It was settled in 1776.
- If the contract is null and void – and it will be – then there’s no union to secede from.
F*** around and find out.