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Fri Mar 24, 2017, 12:51 PM

Just how representative is the House of Representatives?

Is it representative...

Financially? The median income of the US is about $51k a year. Congress gets $174k a year. So no.

Demographically? Does Congress represent Americans in terms of race, gender, religion, class, occupation, etc? No.

Ideologically? About 60% of Americans support gay marriage. Yet it took a ruling by the Supreme Court to get this. Americans want protections for the transgender community, yet legislators across the country want to put their rights up for debate or a vote. Two thirds of Americans polled want an end to the disastrous war on drugs, yet Congress shows no sign of wanting to shut it down. Three out of four Americans want funding for Planned Parenthood, yet legislators continue to obsess over edited videos in their plan to defund the organization. And close to two thirds of Americans polled also want universal healthcare. Do you think Congress will pass that anytime soon? Stop laughing now... no.

Physically? Can representatives really serve their people when they are avoiding town halls and the people they are supposed to serve? Of course not.

Intellectually? Can the House of Representatives serve us scientifically when the chairman of the committee for science, Lamar Smith, is saying global warming doesn't exist, pushing Breitbart articles, and saying to get your news straight from Trump? They can't.

Nationally? As evidence increases for Russia's meddling in the joke of the 2016 election, instead of it being recognized as that; legislators would still like to discuss if it happened or even if it was bad. Members of Congress took an oath to support and defend the Constitution, not to appease Putin. Can they really have the interests of their voters in mind when they are OK with this polonium-using autocrat interfering in our affairs?

Politically? Now you might not really care for all of the above things, you might say that's not what it means. And that's OK. But guess what? Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution states that our Representatives are "chosen every second year by the people of the several states", and can they choose when we have gerrymandered districts, voter suppression, lines so crowded they discourage voters, the same number of voting machines for rural vs urban voters, and more?

Maybe the party that's out of power is more in touch with the American People than we would like to say out loud.

Maybe it's time to start saying that.

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Fri Mar 24, 2017, 12:56 PM

1. Less representative than it's going to be...

...if any justice can be had in Citizens United's America.

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Fri Mar 24, 2017, 01:56 PM

2. Indeed

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