Thanks -- that's interesting history -- was not aware.Q6. ... ('a' is a feature, not a bug!)Just curious, Alan: are you aware of the history of packing the Senate by admitting underpopulated states? The most egregious period was 1889-1890, when North and South Dakota (... after splitting the Dakota Territory in two), Montana, Washington, Idaho, and Wyoming -- all very sparsely populated at the time, and all but Washington still sparsely populated) were all admitted within nine months ... although Nevada had been admitted in 1864 with almost no population at all.Q6. Which of the following would you consider to be a grievous enough violation of the democratic process to impair the determination of the consent of the governed?
a. Rigging the Senate to give states with small populations the same representation as states with large populations.
All of this was done pretty blatantly by Republican-controlled Congress in order to perpetuate Republican control; plainly anti-democratic.
I do recall Democrat George McGovern, who ran for President in 1972, was from SD, showing things can change. (His was the only Presidential campaign I ever volunteered for.)
So, are you similarly against adding Washington, DC and Puerto Rico as states, as a significant motivation is to lock in future Democratic control of the Senate? (Like SD, not guaranteed, although, esp. in the case of DC, pretty certain for the foreseeable future).