The US Senate is one of two branches of Congress and has existed since the writing of the Constitution. However, the Senate’s rule of equal representation for each state made little sense when the Constitution was written and makes no sense now. Originally formulated by the Founding Fathers as a replicate of the British House of Lords, the Senate was meant to be run by the upper classes who would protect large property owners from democracy. Additionally, the Founding Fathers were anxious to get all 13 American colonies to join the United States and were willing to make concessions to smaller colonies to assure their membership. In the original thirteen states, the ratio between the largest and smallest populations was 11 to 1, between Virginia and Delaware. Today, California has 66 times the population of Wyoming, and the citizens of Wyoming have 66 times as much representation in the Senate.