Representative Government Has to Be Representative

And we are losing ground

I heard a very apt observation some years ago from the wife of then Maryland Congressman Roscoe Bartlett. In response to some question in the waning days of Bartlett’s tenure, Ellen Bartlett noted that if you don’t represent your district, you won’t represent your district. To borrow from a famous American phrase, that would seemingly be “self-evident.”

Regrettably, we are now seeing on a national scale growing and worrisome evidence that our representative government does not…



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