The US House of Representatives

CNN reports that the US House of Representatives will be divided along sexual and racial lines:

When the incoming U.S. House freshmen of the 113th Congress take their class photo, the image will reflect two very different visions of the nation.

On the Democratic side: Women and minorities—a coalition that, along with young voters, largely helped re-elect President Barack Obama—collectively will for the first time in the nation’s history outnumber white male Democrats.

On the Republican side: The majority of the House seats will be held by white men—a group which far outnumbers the now dwindled numbers of House GOP women and minorities after the losses of two minority members and about a half dozen women from that caucus.

When political differences are racialized or sexualized, then they get closer and closer to biological rather than political differences, which, by and large, are beyond the scope of reasoned debate. This is why the ancients never let slaves or women vote.  If someone will never be persuaded because they have blood type O, then you have reached a state where people will be represented by accidents of how the electoral district is made up. Curiously, that is how the US system now works. I you can figure a way for identity politics of this nature to be a good thing, please let me know.

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