Monday, September 18, 2006

Republicans: We can’t lose, we stacked the deck.

The following quote in the Washington Times really annoyed me.

"Both the 15th and 18th district lines were changed and strengthened after the 2000 census, as was the 1st district," Ohio Republican state Chairman Bob Bennett said.

In short he is saying he isnt concerned because they gerrymandered the districts. The definiton of which from is: “To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.”

Maybe I don’t live in the real world of politics enough, but when exactly did it become ok with the citizens of this country to manipulate elections for the benefit of one party. It clearly is so commonplace that the Chairman of the Republican State party mentions that they did this just as a matter of fact. It’s not even a backroom, sneaky deal any more.

We rant and rave about fair elections, yet they are fixing the districts to assure their party wins. How is this constitutional, how does this fall within the numerous laws that are on the books that protect equal rights for voters. How are some of these redrawn districts not against the civil rights act?

I’m not a lawyer or a scholar on such issues, but I do know when something is just plan and simple not right. I know its not new, but is that a reason to accept it?

Long term we need to take action to put an end to gerrymandering. In the mean time voters of the 1st, 15th, and 18th district should be offended and angered by Bennett’s comment and send him and the other Republican bosses a message, by voting Democrat for Congress.



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