This seems to be the biggest linchpin in the system propping Sen. Manchin up. It at least provides him cover for not helping to tip the scales toward equality for all Americans.

How much should individuals in the House and Senate only represent their own constituents versus their leadership of their country overall? Since they’re not always representing the interests of all of their constituents, why couldn’t they represent interests of those in other states too? Often they’re not even representing the interests of the majority of their own state/areas.

Is it possible to have solid overall country representation if minorities are always gerrymandered out of positions of power?

In the senate we could mandate one male and one female from each state and come out with something generally positive and more representative. This may not work for helping to create more diversity and inclusion on other fronts without the use of gerrymandering of some sort or another.

Would be interesting to run some game theoretical experiments on some of these issues. - April 04, 2021 at 0958AM Syndication Link


West Virginia’s non-Hispanic white population is 92 percent, much higher than the nation overall (60 percent). I’m not suggesting that Manchin doesn’t care about Black voting rights, but he doesn’t have a huge Black constituency pressing him on this issue, as only 4 percent of West Virginians are Black (compared with 13 percent in the nation overall). 1


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connected ideas:

  1. Why Joe Manchin Is So Willing And Able To Block His Party’s Goals | Syndication Link↩︎


April 4, 2021