When the founding fathers envisioned a United States of America, they tried to create something that would be fair and equal to all. Of course we must take into account the limitations of that time in history.
Things like separation of church and state, government of the people, by the people and for the people were rights they intended to ensure. Granted, those who comprise the Super Pacs are people. Party leaders state their party’s prime objective is to ensure the President, who is not in their party, only has one term instead of focusing the countless major problems that demand their attention in a bi-partisan way—well, they are people, too. Members of Congress who stalemate on issues that could be discussed and settled may have political status rather than the well-being of the people at heart, but it could be argued that they, too, are people. However, it is doubtful that those men who crafted the visions for our democracy centuries ago ever envisioned the manipulated fiasco politics have turned into in this day and age.
Nevada is a key state in the electoral system. Hopefully it will not succumb to the biased practices we now see going on in states like Pennsylvania and Texas.
It has been proven that redistricting to the advantage of the Republican party would impact the minority voters, seniors and those of ethnic diversity. There is something wrong when a woman who marched with Martin Luther King can no longer vote because she doesn’t have a government issued ID, although she has voted consistently through her adult years . That is not only ludicrous, it is discriminatory. Is she no longer the person she’s been all those years? Of course not. Many people born in the United States decades ago are unable to actually get their birth certificates, or have difficulty and excessive cost to finally find them, simply because they are too darn old!
This Examiner’s mother had that problem years ago. She didn’t drive and needed an ID card. However, the records for the birth of Rosetta Schwartz, author of Can We Come In and Laugh, Too?, a book that goes into detail about growing up in Chicago in the early 1900’s, were not easily available although she was born in Cook County. She was too old and those records were only to be found deep in the archives of the Cook County Registrar. It took months and extra cost to obtain a birth certificate indicating that she was, indeed, born where she said she was. The funny part was that she found out she was born in 1909,not 1908 as she had believed most of her life. As the youngest of ten, her parents apparently claimed smart little Rosetta was a year older so they could register her in school.
Now we have Texas redrawing district lines, even though the Federal court has ruled the new districts discriminate against minorities. The explanation when challenged legally? This was simply a coincidence. But that didn’t fool the court, which included the following in their ruling
“The only explanation Texas offers for this pattern [of undercutting min0orities] is ‘coincidence.’ But if this is coincidence, it was a striking one indeed. It is difficult to believe that pure chance would lead to such results:”
If upheld on appeal, the Federal court ruling will force Texas lawmakers to redraw the districts for Congress and the state Legislature, thus opening the door to elect a greater number of minority legislators. Here is the catch. It won’t affect the November elections, so at least for the time being the damage is done to the voice of minorities.
Is this a sign of a pattern to manipulate democracy? Could be. Are you in the State of Nevada ready to surrender your inalienable rights, including the right to vote as you choose? Republican or Democrat, the only weapon to fight this grabbing of rights is your voice. Many are protesting this travesty of justice. The way proposed redistricting in many states looks right now, it is like printing a raffle ticket with the known winning number and making sure you buy it yourself.
Author Morgan St. James has written over 500 articles about the craft of writing and people in the industry for pingroof.com over the past two years. As Las Vegas Women Democrat Examiner, she looks at the political arena from both sides, but is very vocal about the travesty of wealthy Super Pacs’ ability on both sides to pour millions into advertising claims that have not been vetted, often filled with exaggerations or blatantly untrue. Visit her website, www.morganstjames-author.com and her blog http://morgan-stjames.blogspot.com for more information about her.