I think we can all agree the government should reflect the will of the people in a democratic society. In a representational democracy, that means the distribution of elected officials (in terms of party affiliation) should match the distribution of votes cast, right? Maybe not, but that’s what my intuition tells me. And yet in the 2016 election…
In 2016, 49.1% of votes cast for HoR were for Republicans. 48% of votes were cast for Democrats. Yet Rs hold 55% of the seats, Ds hold 44%.
In 2016, more votes were cast for Democratic senators than Republican, yet Republicans control the Senate. This one is a little misleading because only 1/3 of the Senate is reelected at a time.
And of course, the person who won the presidency didn’t win a majority, or even a plurality of votes cast.
Does is matter the makeup of the government doesn’t correspond to the will of the people? There are some thoughtful minds on here. I’d like to hear some opinions. Is this a systemic problem?
I would think this isn’t sustainable in the long term, but I’m not sure how skewed things need to be before people start to revolt.
Don’t want to make this a Democrat vs. Republican debate. I’m more interested in the health of our institutions and democracy.