Former Representative John Dingell has called for the Senate to be abolished in an Op-ed on Tuesday.
Former Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) penned an op-ed Tuesday calling for the Senate to be abolished and for elections to be publicly funded.
Dingell, who represented Michigan in the House for nearly 60 years, wrote for The Atlantic a series of suggestions to address the "unprecedented cynicism about the nobility of public service itself."
The former lawmaker noted that in 1958 a survey from the University of Michigan found that 73 percent of Americans trusted the federal government "to do the right thing almost always or most of the time." In 2017, the same study conducted by the Pew Research Center found that number down to just 18 percent.
One of the causes of frayed trust identified by Dingell was how a "minority of obnoxious asses can hold the entire country hostage to extremist views" because of the Electoral College system and a Senate that provides two seats to each state regardless of size.
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