Commentary: The left wants to marginalize states like North Dakota in national politics
MINOT, N.D. — As Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court over the weekend mobs of angry protesters sowed chaos in our nation's capital.
For the sin of not treating uncorroborated accusations as gospel, these left wing activists promised they are going to take the gloves off.
Rep. Steve Scalise was shot, along with two others, on a baseball field in Virginia last year by a man enraged by politics. Senator Rand Paul was assaulted while raking leaves in his backyard. He had difficulty breathing for months afterward.
Isolated incidents, sure, but remember Republican leaders are already targeted for harassment at their homes as a routine tactic of protesters. A Democratic congressional staffer is currently under indictment for doxxing Republican leaders on the internet during the Kavanaugh debate.
If the left hasn't already taken the gloves off, I shudder to think what it means when they do.
Perhaps we can hope "gloves off" only means terrible policy proposals, like diminishing the importance of states like North Dakota in national politics.
This has become a hot topic among a left wing movement which has become concentrated in urban and coastal areas, and it seems to be getting traction.
"It may not happen in our lifetimes, but the idea that North Dakota and New York get the same representation in the Senate has to change," Ken Dilanian, a reporter for NBC News, tweeted while linking to a Washington Post article about the confirmation of Kavanaugh. "Senators representing less than half the U.S. are about to confirm a nominee opposed by most Americans."
The Senate isn't proportional because, as James Madison wrote in Federalist 62, "the government ought to be founded on a mixture of the principles of proportional and equal representation"
Proportional representation, as we have in the House, benefits high population states like New York and California. Equal representation, as we have in the Senate, benefits low population states like North Dakota. This mix, as Madison wrote, benefits the country as a whole.
Besides, if there's a problem in the Senate, it's the 17th amendment which requires we popularly elect Senators rather than the states appointing them.
Meanwhile Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a congressional candidate in New York's 14th district many have described as the future of the Democratic party, is arguing for the elimination of the Electoral College. "It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery's power on America today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic," she tweeted over the weekend.
The Electoral College, I should point out, is a mechanism which requires national candidates to pay attention to we voters in so-called "fly over country."
Hillary Clinton learned the hard way what happens when you ignore the middle of the country.
Democrats have lost ground in American politics because states like North Dakota don't matter to them. Now, rather than fixing that problem in their own party, they want to tear down the governance structures which protect North Dakota's interests in national politics.
Rob Port, founder of SayAnythingBlog.com, a North Dakota political blog, is a Forum Communications commentator. Follow him on Twitter at @RobPort and listen on WDAY AM 970.