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California is unfairly represented in U.S. Senate

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The democratic authority of a single vote which is, at its heart, “about each individual American’s political power” is institutionally tainted. It is gerrymandered, misrepresented, and traded for financial gain. 

These failures provide the medium for the sad condition of political representation we see today and the potential for its gaming by those financially powerful enough to have access to its inner workings and hidden mechanisms. How can a populous state like California be fairly represented in the U.S. Senate when it has identical power to states with relatively tiny populations? 

Residing in one state garners more political power than residing in another. Pouring political money into less populous states and effectively “buying” them at a relative discount makes business sense, at least to the economic elite who now challenge our democracy with an oligarchy/corporatocracy that favors their politics and wealth hoarding. 

My fellow Californians, please stop believing that you have the same democratic authority as someone living in Wyoming; you have less than 2 percent in the U.S. Senate. I understand that changing senatorial representation risks disenfranchising residents of rural states where much of the food that feeds a hungry world and adds value to the domestic economy is grown. But is this risk worth sacrificing a truly representative democracy? And we haven’t begun to discuss Citizens United and the gerrymandering of congressional districts.

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