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Why Does Each State Have Two Senators, Regardless of Population?

That seems unfair to a lot of people, but there is a reason for it. When the United States was founded, many worried about the populous states having an undue influence on legislation that might be passed by the new Congress. So, a bicameral legislature was created. One part, the House of Representatives was based on the concept of "one person, one vote." The number of House members each state got was based on that state's population.

That was just what the founders were afraid of, so they set up a second body in Congress - the Senate. Its membership was based on the idea that each state in this new United States would have equal representation, with two Senators from each state having seats in the Senate. The idea was balancing the power of the citizen against the power of the separate states. Both bodies were required to pass all new legislation. That was designed to prevent either body from misusing its power to control things.

And that was the idea. The United States of America is not a democracy. It is a Representative Republic. Both the people and the states are represented in its Congress to form a legislative body that supposedly would create balanced legislation. Sometimes it works as intended; sometimes it doesn't.

But that's why it is as it is.

Changing that would require a major constitutional amendment. Such an amendment would probably fail in the house that would be changed the most. About the only way that change could be made would be through a Constitutional Convention, something that has never been called during the nation's existence.


Now there are a bunch of interesting comments here, but I want to point something out and I hope a DUmmie will be bold enough to come explain it to us knuckle draggers.


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As long as this nation has been around there has been some variation of "rural vs urban". Originally it was more "merchant vs. agrarian" But you can't have a country in which a minority view (what ever that view is) is in control of governing.


Here’s what I would like to know because I see this posted by multiple liberals on DU and Facebook.

You keep saying you want to live by popular vote and as demonstrated above, you think the minority should not govern the majority “whatever that view is”, yet schools and stadiums are being told they MUST have transgender bathrooms. Bakers are being told they MUST bake cakes for gay weddings. States have been told they MUST allow gay marriage.

I live in Texas. The majority here voted to amend our state constitution to not recognize gay marriage, many years ago. I don’t care if you agree with it or not, the MAJORITY voted to amend our state constitution and a MINORITY told us we couldn’t keep it that way.

So what is it, what do you want?  Majority rule?  Minority rule?  Representative rule?  Oh, I know ... YOUR rule, whatever it is.

Please come explain to this mouth breather how your ‘enlightened’ view of the world works.

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Re: Why Does Each State Have Two Senators, Regardless of Population?
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2019, 01:31:55 PM »
Did MM finally pass his state's 8th Grade US Constitution Test? And want to share what he learned?
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Re: Why Does Each State Have Two Senators, Regardless of Population?
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2019, 02:36:14 PM »
Did MM finally pass his state's 8th Grade US Constitution Test? And want to share what he learned?

Meh. Copy and paste is all that it did, MM still has no clue what is in the constitution. eg. ask MM what militia or well regulated means in the 2nd.
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Re: Why Does Each State Have Two Senators, Regardless of Population?
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2019, 04:10:30 PM »
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One part, the House of Representatives was based on the concept of "one person, one vote."

Huh!?! Did rockhead forget that, for the most part, only males who were land owners could vote (actually, who was and was not eligible to vote was determined by the individual States)?

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Re: Why Does Each State Have Two Senators, Regardless of Population?
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2019, 09:23:57 PM »
Huh!?! Did rockhead forget that, for the most part, only males who were land owners could vote (actually, who was and was not eligible to vote was determined by the individual States)?

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Not to mention the senate/senators were originally designed to represent the state governments.

Dummies and libs want to change the constitution so they can take over the federal government.

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Re: Why Does Each State Have Two Senators, Regardless of Population?
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2019, 12:49:54 AM »
Because retards like CA, NY, NJ, DE, VT, MA and others are....well retards.  Stupid question... next?

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Re: Why Does Each State Have Two Senators, Regardless of Population?
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2019, 05:24:40 PM »
time to send this DUmbass a full set of Schoolhouse Rock.  Although it is above its IQ level they amy help in remedial civics.
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Re: Why Does Each State Have Two Senators, Regardless of Population?
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2019, 11:52:01 AM »
Just when you think that AOC is at the bottom of the stupid pool you find some other bottom dweller that goes lower.
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Re: Why Does Each State Have Two Senators, Regardless of Population?
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2019, 01:09:11 PM »
Apparently, these traitorous cretins don't know Google is a search engine that can find answers questions to questions like that.
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Re: Why Does Each State Have Two Senators, Regardless of Population?
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2019, 01:11:40 PM »
Mineral Man has actually stated FACTS into why the senate was designated as such, to represent the states. Even I couldn't give as succinct and accurate a summation (though probably copy/pasted from a relatively moron-free source).

I'm surprised that he isn't taken to task for posting the facts, tbh.
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Re: Why Does Each State Have Two Senators, Regardless of Population?
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McConnell has been there for THIRTY ******* YEARS
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Re: Why Does Each State Have Two Senators, Regardless of Population?
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2019, 01:38:58 PM »
Patrick Leahy is the longest serving senator, he has been there 44 years.  :whistling:

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Re: Why Does Each State Have Two Senators, Regardless of Population?
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2019, 07:42:58 PM »
Grand Klegal of the KKK Robert Bird served 51 years. Just sayin.
Kind of off topic, but in the wake of tearing down all the Confederate memorials, when will wv be renaming the Robert c bird freeway? Having one named after a grand dragon seems the height of hypocrisy
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Re: Why Does Each State Have Two Senators, Regardless of Population?
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2019, 08:26:01 PM »
Kind of off topic, but in the wake of tearing down all the Confederate memorials, when will wv be renaming the Robert c bird freeway? Having one named after a grand dragon seems the height of hypocrisy

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The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in Green Bank, West Virginia.
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RCBI Rocket Center Manufacturing Technology Center, Rocket Center, West Virginia[9][10][16][17]
Robert C. Byrd Institute for Composites Technology and Training Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia[9]
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Robert C. Byrd United Technical Center[6][10]
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Robert C. Byrd Hilltop Office Complex, Rocket Center, West Virginia[6][9][10][17]
Robert C. Byrd Industrial Park, Moorefield, West Virginia[6][9][10]
Community[edit]
Robert C. Byrd Community Center, Pine Grove, West Virginia[6][9][10]
Robert C. Byrd Community Center, Sugar Grove, West Virginia[6][10]
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Robert C. Byrd Rooms, Office of the West Virginia Senate Minority Leader, West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia[9]
Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse and Federal Building, Beckley, West Virginia[6][9][10]
Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse and Federal Building, Charleston, West Virginia[6][9][10]
Robert C. Byrd Federal Correctional Institution, Hazelton, West Virginia[6][10]
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Robert C. Byrd Addition to the Lodge at Oglebay Park, Wheeling, West Virginia[6][9][10]
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Robert C. Byrd Visitor Center, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia[6][9][10]
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The Robert C. Byrd Bridge crossing the Ohio River between Huntington, West Virginia and Chesapeake, Ohio.
Robert C. Byrd Appalachian Highway System, Appalachian Development Highway System in West Virginia[9][10][19]
Robert C. Byrd Bridge, crosses the Ohio River between Huntington, West Virginia and Chesapeake, Ohio[6][9][10][19]
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Robert C. Byrd Interchange on Interstate 77[9]
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Re: Why Does Each State Have Two Senators, Regardless of Population?
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2019, 12:06:13 PM »
Not to mention the senate/senators were originally designed to represent the state governments.

Dummies and libs want to change the constitution so they can take over the federal government.

Scratch a liberal find a fascist.

These days you don't even have to scratch'em.
They don't even bother to put on the mask anymore.
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