California’s former Secretary of State Alex Padilla, was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Kamala Harris, following her election as Vice President of the United States.
Padilla is no stranger to elected office. He was elected to the Los Angeles City Council (1999-2006), California State Senate (2006-2014), and California Secretary of State (2015-2021).
However, Padilla made some strange comments about how state representation in Congress works.
“On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s ‘Real Time,’ Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) said that the fact that there are four senators representing North and South Dakota but only two representing California ‘should change, on a number of fronts.’”
Host Bill Maher asked, “[T]here [are] four senators from the Dakota territory that represent about two-and-a-half million people, and you represent — one guy represents 20 million. That’s got to change, right?”
Padilla responded, “It should change, on a number of fronts. It’s why things — why not more things get done through the Senate. But let’s go back to the Electoral College, right? That’s not one person, one vote.”
He added, “It’s one of those long-lasting things that needs to be corrected. Go back to the founding of our nation and how imperfect it was, from the original sin in the Electoral College. We’ve made a lot of progress on a number of things, but representative democracy, still needs some work.”
Padilla, who assumed the U.S. Senate seat January 20, 2021, is already complaining that small states get the same number of U.S. Senators just as large states do – two.
Back when the country was being formed, to get the smaller states to agree to the powerful new federal government, they were granted the same number of U.S. Senators as the bigger states so they would not be dominated by the bigger states.
This was the compromise that the framers of the Constitution dealt with in creating the framework of the US government. While the U.S. House of Representatives is based on proportional representation based on population, the Senate was designed to have two senators per state regardless of population.
And the Electoral College was a compromise to prevent large populous states from completely dominating smaller states.
Padilla knows this. But he, as with many on the left, claim the U.S. Constitution isn’t fair, and want to throw it out. America is still a representative Republic, not a Democracy, by purposeful design to protect the rights of the individual, as well as the rights of minorities. And it also protects the rights of the majority.
A pure democracy would be a form of government in which the leaders, while elected by the people, are not constrained by a constitution as to its actions. In a republic, however, elected officials cannot take away or violate certain rights of the people, according to legaldictionary.com.
“Padilla also stated that California’s state policies eventually spread to the national level, ‘sometimes, despite the imperfect — again, Electoral College, U.S. Senate, filibuster, etc. That needs to go, that there’s an opportunity to leverage the size of our state, right?’”
Is Padilla advocating for “majority” mob rule under the guise of “Democracy?”
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