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United States: Gerrymandering or the weaknesses of the US political system

WZ correspondent Klaus Stimeder

As sure as the amen in prayer: Donald Trump will get his impeachment proceedings, but he will remain President of the USA anyway, at least until January 2021. The weight of the House of Lords in the American political system makes it possible. In the 100-strong Senate, Trump's Republicans have a majority and their spokesman, Mitch McConnell, can, if he wants, not even ignore the impeachment recommendation passed by the House of Representatives before Thanksgiving on November 28th.

But even if he doesn't, it won't make any realpolitical difference. Even if the conservative senators, as Jeff Flake from Arizona, who recently left the Chamber, emphasized time and again, allegedly consider "over 30" of his 53 colleagues to be incapable behind closed doors, this does not affect their loyalty to the standard bearer of their party so far that they would drop him off for it; the fact that the president has most likely violated existing law and statutes simply does not matter to the overwhelming majority of the representatives of the former Law & Order party. Defend Trump and his machinations on the devil, so as not to attract the anger of the grassroots: So much for the political logic that is reflected in this attitude.

Republicans have fewer votes but more seats

But there is also another reading of the permanent crisis in which the political system of the USA has been since the 72-year-old ex-reality TV star took office and whose origins lie deeper than any new scandal that his administration creates itself every day (mostly), responsible (often) or, at least, promoted. It goes like this: A president who received almost three million fewer votes than his rival three years ago is protected by a majority in the Senate, whose candidates were elected by twelve million fewer people in 2018 than those of the other party. You can twist and turn it however you want: the fact is that the American electoral system now gives Republicans an inherent advantage even before the first vote is counted.

So far, so well known, so questionable in terms of democratic politics. What, however, is hardly known to the general public, but is nonetheless questionable: The systematic undermining of the American model of democracy itself, which has been driven for a decade by the conservatives and their right-wing extremist allies; a development, the consequences of which have only really started to take hold since the end of 2016, are now being pushed into the grotesque by their greatest profiteer - Donald Trump - and whose ultimate goal can be summarized simply: to secure the continued rule of a political minority over the majority.