Writing for the Niskanen Institute, Robert Saldin explains that the American political system is biased toward small rural states. The Founders did that on purpose. It’s a feature of American democracy to protect the heartland, not a bug in the system. He writes (abridged):
The urban-rural divide has become a defining feature of our politics, with Democrats dominating our cities and Republicans ruling rural America.
This geographic alignment is a problem for Democrats because our political system is biased toward small, rural states.
As a result, Democrats struggle to translate their national majority of voters into governing majorities in Washington because their base of support is mostly confined to urban and suburban areas.
Director, Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program
University of Montana
Published courtesy The Niskanen Center
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