It used to be that the voters would pick their representatives; but nowadays the representatives pick their voters. As we saw in Florida, some districts are drawn with purely partisan motivations so that if a candidate wins the primary they essentially win the seat. Florida is not an isolated case and there are districts around the country that are so irrationally drawn (just look at this image of IL-4) that it would be comical if it didn’t have such dire consequences….
The common thread among all of these obstacles is that they were enacted by the major parties to keep themselves in power and maintain the status quo. The truth is, none of this will change until we rise up and show the powers that be that we are sick of the partisan games and we demand leaders that work outside the wishes of the party bosses. You can help build this movement by sharing this information with your network and encouraging your friends to become members. Together we can bring some sanity back to Washington.
Source: 3 Ways The Parties Have Diminished Your Power at the Ballot Box – IVN.us
I long ago said “enough is enough”. When are we going to take back our government from the major political parties of today? Gerrymandering is one of those things that should never have been able to happen in the first place. Its sole purpose it to insure that one political party has dominance over another. It strikes against everything that our representative democracy stands for. But how do we affect the change necessary to prevent absurd things like gerrymandering from happening?
We used to turn to the Supreme Court to remedy these types of issues but since that court has for the last couple of decades now been as partisan as our political parties that seems to be no longer a viable solution. Where do we turn. The only answer is to drive those responsible for such practices out of politics. What will that take?
I can see on the horizon the time when we so-called “independents” take control for our electoral processes. Where being a member of a political party is a hindrance rather than a necessity as it has been up till now. When our country was formed two centuries ago the idea of opposing political parties was not even considered. The founders saw the people voting for the common good rather than partisan ideology. Yeah, I admit that the political parties came into being pretty quickly to stain the institution.
Independents as shown in the graph below now make up about 42%of the total voters in this country and are on a pretty steep rising slope. The GOP is dropping like a rock while Democrat are doing no better than hanging on to their numbers. Will there come a day when political parties are seen as “old school”? I certainly hope so. We need to get back to the idea, if we ever had it in the first place, that we should do what is good for the country not what is good for a political party.
I am a dreamer aren’t I????