During Tuesday night’s vote on the motion to open the Senate healthcare bill for debate, senators representing 143 million citizens voted in favor, while senators representing 179 million citizens voted against.
This was considered a tie.
To break the tie, a man who was elected with almost three million votes less than his opponent stepped in to bring the bill to the floor.
And with that, the Will of the People had been expressed.
The Senate is the only institution in American governance that does not even pretend to represent Americans. Instead, it represents territorial units of America, land instead of people. That land is not evenly divided, but the result of historical circumstance. And that land does not include the District of Columbia, which boasts more souls than Vermont or Wyoming.
There is no reason for any of this.
There are only excuses.