So next time you watch any of the Star Wars prequels, The Clone Wars, or any other material from that era, don’t root for Anakin, Obi-Wan, and the Clone Army. Recognize Count Dooku, Nute Gunray, and the B1 Battle Droid as the real heroes of the Star Wars prequels, resisting Republic incompetence and later tyranny while fighting for a just and prosperous galaxy.
The Senate doesn’t need to be reformed. It needs to be returned to its original structures, where shielded by state legislatures, they could function as a distinct legislative body with their own responsibilities. The first step is to repeal the 17th amendment.
Hazony is a professor of Hebrew Scripture, so it would be wrong to accuse the man of not knowing what he’s talking about. But I have problems with Hazony’s interpretation and his takeaway from the experiences of Ancient Israel. Simply put, I don’t think the Scripture leads to Hazony’s conclusions, nor do I think they offer insight into how we ought to order our politics in the present day.
This system of voting for parties might sound strange, but it actually has a number of advantages over simple winner-take-all voting. It prevents gerrymandering... it promotes third parties... and leads to stronger political parties
Those districts are too big. During the ratification debates, some people actually argued that the House districts were too large given the power the federal government would have. I shudder at what they would say about districts 35 times bigger, especially when the number of representatives hasn’t changed in over a century.
Yet Ahmari-ism doesn’t have a clear vision, and it amounts to little more than a persuasion that small-l liberalism needs to be expunged from conservatism. And if I have a choice between the firm yet gracious sensibility of David French or the belligerent persuasion of Sohrab Ahmari shooting for a destination unknown, that’s an easy choice.
Beyond absolving the legislature of their oaths to the Constitution by putting that question entirely in an unaccountable Supreme Court, a third argument against judicial review is laid out in Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man.