The House of Lords in Britain is something people rarely hear about. Why is that? Several years ago the Brits stripped it of legislative power on the very sound grounds that the people should rule, not people who claim power by birthright. This was an important step to ensure accountability and better control in British government and politics. The American Senate has fallen on the spotlight for behaving similarly to the British Lords in the height of power. It is perhaps time to do to the Senate what the Brits did to the House of Lords. This article published by the Daily Beast is by Barrett Holmes Pitner:
After two centuries as an anti-Democratic force, the Senate needs to adapt or it might wake up one day and find that its powers have been stripped down to ceremonial engagements. Don’t laugh! Our neighbors from across the pond not too long ago did exactly this to the House of Lords.
The English Parliament has existed since 1295, and since its inception the House of Lords had generally been the dominant chamber in England’s bicameral legislature. It represented the clergy, nobility and landowners and it had a greater say in shaping British government than the House of Commons that represented the common people. Sound familiar?
As industrialization grew in Europe the voice of the common man increased in political importance, and they demanded that the government should exist to serve the people and not the British elites.
Read the full article here.