By Nicholas Biondo

OPINION

We’ve seen Republicans use gerrymandering throughout the country to stack the deck in their favor. In state after state across this country, countless GOP-led state legislatures have shaped US Congressional districts to benefit their ways and means. Let’s call it what it is, a power grab to ensure republican majorities for a long time. This is an obvious hijack of “the people pick their representatives” clause when it comes to who represents them.

In 2012, congressional democratic candidates garnered 1.3M more votes nationwide, but didn’t recapture the House of Representatives. Why did this happen? The simple answer is gerrymandering.

Instead of the American voters choosing their representatives, the representatives have effectively picked the people they represent. These people don’t honesty care who they represent, they want to line their pockets with big business, big pharma, and more lobbying interests.

In North Carolina, the 1st and 12th congressional districts snake through the state like a salamander. The Republican-led legislature had three challenges to the map, including Harris v. McCrory and Common Cause v. Rucho. Both of these cases it’s stated that the legislature has been inherently racist in diluting African-American and Latino representation within the state. The remedial redrawn congressional map (Harris v. McCrory) has been called “the second coming of Jim Crow” by the Reverend Dr. William Barber (Local leader of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP).

Another case of racial gerrymandering comes from the Old Dominion state of Virginia. The US Supreme Court is expected to rule on Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections by this June. This case, again, centers around race. The GOP-led legislature again, diluted the growing African-American and Latino communities of Loudon and Prince Edward counties in the northern part of the state – namely -the D.C. Suburbs. By stacking the deck in their favor and having two state senators resign under conspicuous terms, the GOP in Virginia is trying to subvert democracy and keep control of their slim majority in the state senate and House of Delegates.

Time and time again, we see the GOP trying to subvert democracy and trying to suppress the vote. This is blatantly uncalled for, not to mention, treasonous. Treason is defined as the crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government. In each state the GOP has control of all three branches of government, they’ve rammed through Voter ID laws, union-busting, gerrymandering the congressional maps, state senate/house districts and tossed people off the voting roles. We, the American people, must remain vigilant to these treasonous tactics the GOP is using against us. Furthermore, by saying “your vote doesn’t matter,” you’re buying into the cynicism of the system, which in turn plays into the Republican Party’s narrative they want you to believe in.

(More information on gerrymandering from the Brennn Center for Justice.)

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