The irony of a liberal African-American political commentator calling for the disenfranchisement of a minority population group appears to be lost on MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid. Reid labeled rural Americans “the core threat to our Democracy” and called for the abolition of the electoral college to limit their ability to influence elections and government, “This is the core threat to our democracy. The rural minority — the people @JYSexton just wrote a long thread about — have and will continue to have disproportionate power over the urban majority.” And, “That (ending gerrymandering) and the abolition of the Electoral College would be a start.”
Reid was commenting an a Wall Street Journal article by Gerald Seib published November 21, The Varied—and Global—Threats Confronting Democracy that expressed concerns over demographic trends in the U.S. that could dilute the political power of large population states.
…The U.S.: His critics charge that Mr. Trump exhibits some authoritarian tendencies of his own, and his occasional disparaging remarks about “rigged” democratic institutions seem to suggest that. The fact is, though, that the American system of checks and balances—a hallmark of the democratic model—remains strong and vibrant.
Yet there are reasons to worry about the health of the American model. Current leaders seem unable to find their way to consensus or even compromise on