posted on Nov, 28 2013 @ 10:37 AM
Yes, we have many traditions in our political system. Gerrymandering is certainly one of them, unfortunately. As anyone who has been through civics
should know, Gerrymandering refers to the practice of shaping and building Congressional Representative's districts to pack one kind of voter over
another into that area. Likewise, it can be used to dilute the influence of a group from surrounding districts by concentrating them into the one.
Given the fact that the U.S. System of representation functions with 2 Senators per state, but a variable # of Representatives based on shifting
population, the stakes are often very high for the direction an area follows.
Great hay is made at times about how this is more the doing of one side than the other for turning an area into absurd mince meat on a map. Sometimes
the districts can split down individual streets in how micro-focused it can get about manipulation of statistics for voting influence.
Here is what Louisiana is facing... Whew.. This is quite an example.
Louisiana packed African Americans into a single, racially gerrymandered congressional district that stretches from below New Orleans to above
Baton Rouge, voters claim in court.
Maytee Buckley et al., residents of District 2, sued the state in Federal Court.
Louisiana had to redraw its congressional districts in 2011, after its slow population growth from 2000 to 2010 reduced its U.S. House delegation
from seven members to six.
Now that's just rude and hard to imagine just how they figured that would work if anyone outside the political world ever bothered to look?
The plaintiffs claim Congressional District 2, which includes parts of New Orleans and western and northern neighborhoods of Baton Rouge,
violates redistricting guidelines and does not respect political and geographical boundaries.
The district connects western New Orleans to eastern and northern Baton Rouge, leaving out parts of both cities. It includes parts of 10 parishes
and portions of four congressional districts that were drawn in 2001, according to the
It seems there is much work to be done if we're ever to have a working system again in our nation. Much work indeed. Things like this exist all over
the country to lesser and greater extent. So much that is in plain sight, yet overlooked due to just HOW much is actually there anymore.
It's important to know about though. Why we need to be upset and unsatisfied with this lemon of a system is as important as just knowing we should
be, IMO. Here is a fine example for the whys of it.