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If I could wave a magic wand and change the U.S. Constitution what would I do? This was a reader question that was asked of me on Instagram Live. I do go live on Instagram from time to time but rarely on my account. On the bright side, if you follow me there you can get news headlines, interesting pictures, an occasional selfie, and notifications for when I go live with various people.
Here are my ten U.S. Constitutional changes that I would choose to implement if I ever had the power to do so:
- Expand Congress
Our national assembly is rather small by international standards. When you compare the U.S. Congress to France or the U.K. We haven’t expanded Congress since 1912 and the last time any new members were added were when Alaska and Hawaii were added to the union in the 1950s. Population has exploded since the early 20th century and its time that Congress reflected that change. That might require some remodeling of the Capitol building but we could easily double the size of Congress and it would be more representative of the people. One representative can effective represent about 100,000 people. Most Congress people represent around 500,000 or so. Instead of only 435 members, it should have just under 1,000.
- Add a third senator
The U.S. Senate has been widely criticized for being terrible undemocratic. Why should Wyoming with 250,000 people get as much power in the Senate as California with 55 million? The answer is simple: Madisonian federalism. Madison wanted one chamber where all the states, big and small, would be equal. I think that is an important function and should be maintained but I think all states should have an additional Senator and expand the Senate by 1/3 bringing it up to 150.
- Ranked choice voting
This is an important change. It would be much more effective for 3rd parties to run…