America’s various disproportional representations are the result of winner-takes-all voting and a two-party system where party allegiance and geography have become surprisingly highly correlated. Places where people live close together vote Democratic, places where they live farther apart vote Republican… Under some electoral systems this would not matter very much. Under America’s it has come to matter a lot, in part because of an anti-party constitution.
Bonus: see if you can spot the Springsteen references. (I count four.)
Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true?, The River
The hard edge that you’re settling for, Jackson Cage
Til’ someday they just cut it loose, Darkness on the Edge of Town
He’s lookin’ down kinda puzzled pokin’ that dog with a stick, Reason to Believe