January 22, 2016

JAMES HUFFMAN: The New Sagebrush Rebels. “On the political front, rural westerners are overwhelmingly outnumbered. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1964 that legislators in both houses of state legislatures must be elected on a one-person-one-vote basis, rural communities have been ruled by urban voters. While there are still a few states (e.g. Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah) where rural citizens have political pull, the federal lands are beyond their reach for legal reasons explained below.”

I believe that Baker v. Carr was incorrectly decided. By allowing significant numbers of communities comprising huge swathes of America to be governed entirely from a small number of urban areas whose citizens have very different lifestyles, it violates the Constitution’s guarantee of a republican form of government.

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