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Obama blames Founding Fathers’ ‘structural’ design of Congress for gridlock

May 24, 2014
Dave Boyer
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President Obama is taking a swipe at the Founding Fathers, blaming his inability to move his agenda on the “disadvantage” of having each state represented equally in the Senate.

At a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago Thursday night, Mr. Obama told a small group of wealthy supporters that there are several hurdles to keeping Democrats in control of the Senate and recapturing the House. One of those problems, he said, is the apportionment of two Senate seats to each state regardless of population.

“Obviously, the nature of the Senate means that California has the same number of Senate seats as Wyoming. That puts us at a disadvantage,” Mr. Obama said.

The Founding Fathers decided in the “Great Compromise” in 1787 to apportion House seats based on population and give each state two seats in the Senate regardless of population. The solution was a compromise between large states and small states in a dispute that nearly dissolved the Constitutional Convention.

The president also blamed “demographics” for the inability of the Democratic Party to gain more power in Congress, saying Democrats “tend to congregate a little more densely” in cities such as New York and Chicago. He said it gives Republicans disproportional clout in Congress.

“So there are some structural reasons why, despite the fact that Republican ideas are largely rejected by the public, it’s still hard for us to break through,” Mr. Obama said.

He also said Democrats suffer from the “congenital disease” of not voting in midterm elections.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 25, 2014 1:26 am

    The Fact is that the Founders did want to make sure the Republic, while preserving and protecting the right of the people, the majority would not suppress the rights of the minority.
    It is equal rights for all, so it was by other Nation and derived from Plato’s republic, that an upper house would be controlled by wise people acting for the best interest of the Nation not the whims of the moment. Unfortunately, we did not follow the intent of “older wiser, educated and experienced, interested solely for the well being of the Republic.
    I think we have the less wise but most politically smart special interest representatives than any other.

  2. Paul Lemmen permalink
    May 24, 2014 1:12 pm

    Reblogged this on III Percent Solution.

  3. Michael in Maricopa County permalink
    May 24, 2014 12:37 pm

    He would really be a candidate for an anger management class were the same election process that the founding fathers established still in place. The 17th Amendment – as unconstitutional as it is – allowed for the direct election of Senator’s, replacing State Legislative control over “appointing” its Senator’s….thus, the purpose of the 10th Amendment, which was to give the States the necessary representation in the Congress via the Senate, was undermined and to this day, presents us with an even more serious problem. Now we have U.S. Senator’s that ignore the needs of their State and who run around the world acting like little “power houses” – who believe that their own importance is above and beyond public criticism. Look at McCain as an example. As a self-proclaimed constitutional scholar, Obummer’s knowledge of the Constitution is about as convenient as a 7-Eleven or Circle K at 2:00 in the morning. It only works if he can get away with violating it and when he can’t, he blames it on the founding fathers. In his small mind with his finite brand of thinking, this mental midget has escaped into a fantasy land where only his concept of truth exists. A good dose of Thorazine, a straight jacket and a rubber room would solve a lot of our problems.

  4. Pazuzu permalink
    May 24, 2014 11:22 am

    He’s just mad because the Founding Fathers made allowances to check dictator/tyrants like Obama. They could do this because they anticipated some jug-eared, peanut-headed, Curious George looking Communist would come along someday and try to seize absolute power.

  5. May 24, 2014 11:10 am

    Reblogged this on thescottcarpdream.

  6. May 24, 2014 9:53 am

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