The Left’s Backward Plan to ‘Save’ Democracy

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 16, 2021. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via Reuters)
Making the Senate more like the House, as Democrats are threatening to do, would only hurt our politics.


n his farewell address as president, George Washington warned that “the alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge,” could be a “frightful despotism” and lead to an even more miserable tyranny. Washington here recognized that factional passions — especially when they cloak themselves in the language of existential emergency — can unsettle a democratic republic.

Two recent documents illustrate how calls for emergency politics can worsen the polarization that is causing so much political disruption today. First, a New York Times editorial warns that every day is January 6; the Republican Party is supposedly targeting …

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