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I remember reading (somewhere) that 'gerrymandering' lines stay in effect for 10 years before they can be repaired to represent a more sane voting area.....true? Must we wait for 10 years...this timeline will only enbolden those who pull these voter suppression/tactics.
Both 'options' are "Yes"? So much for "choice"... LOL
Actually, the =only= choice correctly should be "Yes", which only leaves the discussion up to 'will they or won't they'. And this is where it gets decidedly "sticky". OTOH, there'll be folks who want it done, but not really, because it will further aggravate the already-serious division of the population/opinion/whatever in this country, for no real effect. OTOH, there'll be some folks who will just shrug it off as nothing more than "politics as usual" .. as if that actually excuses something.
Personally, I think the GOP should be prosecuted "to the HILT" [N.B.Forrest], but doubt there are a pair of .. 'gonads' .. to be found in the entirety of Washington. Yes, the GOP has gotten to the point in their unmitigated hubris that they openly =brag= about how they are "legally" subverting the government (and plundering and destroying the country). ["Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was 'legal'." - MLK] Yes, they should be openly/publicly and effectively brought up 'short', at the very least. Yes, some of the Party's leaders should be sent to prison, and I do -not- mean a "Club Fed", either.
But =will= they have =any=thing done to them? Nope, not a chance in Hell! They already control the media, and who controls 'the message' controls the outcome. No, it shouldn't be that way, but until Americans stop acting like 'sheeple', that's what we're going to get.
Scared people are dangerous people and as history has proven many times, a few committed (paranoid authoritarion) people can take over a democratic process with hidden agendas and hiding their true odious strategies. When ratios of 56/12 (house seats) are had in Ohio where the actual vote was very close (52% Republican 48% Democrat: if my memory of statistics is right on), something is wrong. But if you ask these constitution toting compulsivly patriotic people if they believe in the concept of one man one vote then in a republic apportion the representatives accordingly most would say absolutly. But when you ask them if that would result in a democratic control of the presidency and both houses of congress they will have all sorts of excuses why their various voter rigging schemes are justified (voter suppression, gerrymandering, court-stacking, ballot manipulation, polling days/hours).
Since I've seen the results of this over six or seven states where there was such a lopsided difference between the democratic vote percentage and the representation democrats recevied, I've wondered why there has been no class action challenging this loss of voter rights by the majority demanding a more equitable way to distrubute the congressional districts. That would bring more moderate candidates into races because no longer could they appeal only to the most extreme of their party but it would also create a space for doing the business of government in a system like ours which depends on compromise. But system rigging has now created a monster which cannot compromise nor act on the wishes of the people they represent but instead represent the wishes of the corporate special interests who pay for their (permanent) elections.
The FEC has done nothing about any of the voter suppression leading up to the 2012 elections. Why should they change now?
Yes,o f course they should be prosecuted as should Alan Greenspa&, the people who dreamt up "derivatives" and NIST who avoided a real analysis of the evidence of WTC steel. NIST's 3-year $20,000,000 cover-up of the crime must be outed and someone is responsible for the termite and explosives at the WTC site and they must be prosecuted.
oilartist - Thats what it may take - taking to the streets like in the 60's - But now a days the media will try and make us out to be rable rousers & trouble makers. If the FEC & DOJ does nothing - I say bring it on - time to take it to the streets. OCCUPY ! The future of our children is at stake now.
YES ! Absolutly . What should make them think they are above the law. Now lets see what the FEC or DOJ does - My guess is a spinless - nothing.
They are incorrigable in their determination to destroy our democracy. We must stop them in all of their efforts before people take to the streets. Or maybe I should say barricades.
50/50 ?!?! What kind of drugs are you People on!!!!
Of course they should be prosecuted!!! There should be HELL TO PAY! for even the slightest hint of subverting the best interest of the public!