In the continuing saga of creeping dictatorship, we finally get j'accuse from the likes of the American Enterprise Institute.

The failure of Republican members of Congress to resist the anti-democratic behavior of President Trump — including holding not a single hearing on his and his team's kleptocracy — is cringe-worthy. A few Republican senators have spoken up, but occasional words have not been matched by any meaningful deeds. Only conservative intellectuals have acknowledged the bankruptcy of the Republican Party.

So, yes Virgina, there is a USofA in your future. It's just all going to look like Mississippi. One wonders how the bible thumping Red Staters imagine they'll be able to sell all that stuff when there's no body in Blue States with any more moolah than they have. The Achilles heel of slave wage exporting autocracy is finding markets with currencies that are stable and (near?) par with its own. As these essays have said, and more recently so have some mainstream pundits described here, the US Buck is New Gold, so everybody else manages their currency to maximize against it. That's hard to do within the US of Mississippi.

According to a reporter (didn't note the name), the Senate is in the state (yes, a pun) where 40% of the population commands a super-majority. That's already minority rule. Better read your Bible.

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Comment by Tom Cordle on December 3, 2017 at 1:21pm

Perhaps the most glaring example of under-representation is the Electoral College. Thanks to the EC, "each vote cast in Wyoming is worth 3.6 as much as the same vote cast in California."

And it's not just Californian's getting screwed. Here'a another way of looking at this inequity:

"For example, in 2008, on average a state is awarded one electoral vote for every 565,166 people. However, Wyoming has three electoral votes and only 532,668 citizens (as of 2008 estimates). As a result each of Wyoming's three electoral votes corresponds to 177,556 people. Understood in one way, these people have 3.18 times as much clout in the Electoral College as an average American.

Comment by Robert Young on December 3, 2017 at 2:19pm

Today, states containing just 17 percent of the American population, a historic low, can theoretically elect a Senate majority.
-- Emily Badger/2016

Comment by Ron Powell on December 3, 2017 at 9:32pm

"Today, states containing just 17 percent of the American population, a historic low, can theoretically elect a Senate majority.
-- Emily Badger/2016"

This is precisely why Senate Republicans could care less about "national polls"...

Can anybody say South African Apartheid...?

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