December 14, 2013
America is ruled by an establishment class. No longer are we Mr. Lincoln’s land where there is a government, “of the people, by the people and for the people.”
Who is this political establishment and how do we defeat them?
The problem is the establishment is made up of both political parties. Most elective offices in the United States are elected by a district. Therefore we have the noble American tradition of Gerrymandering. This tradition runs from the city level where city council districts are drawn, to state legislative and congressional districts.
All of these districts are drawn with one intention in mind. That is to ensure that one particular political party wins that district.
That is why today, less than ten percent of Congressional Districts are competitive.
If House Speaker John Boehner faces any competition, it will be at a primary, not in the general election. The same is true for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
In the General Election, their seats are quite safe. The odds of Nancy Pelosi being defeated by a Republican in her district are about the same as winning the record Megamillions lottery that will be drawn next week.
The left always has a solution. They want independent commissions to select the districts for state legislative districts as well as congressional districts. But something amazing always happens when a so-called “independent” commission is set up to do these things.
They always end up drawing lines that favor liberals.
There is a better way.
Most states do not need districts. Most states have natural subdivisions in them anyway that have been around as long as the state has. The answer to gerrymandering and the liberal idea of stacking the deck by independent commission is to simply go to at large voting.
Let’s use Tennessee for example.
Tennessee has nine congressional seats. The idea is simple. At the general election, the nine top vote getters are the congressional delegation. Tennessee has 99 state representatives and 33 state senators. Those are too many to put on a ballot to allow the top 99 or 33 to be elected.
However, Tennessee has three traditional grand divisions, West, Middle and East. The lines for those divisions do not change. Divide the state among those three grand division and each division of the state gets to elect 11 state senators and 33 state representatives. The 11 senate candidates who receive the most votes are elected as well as the 33 house candidates who receive the most votes are elected.
Other states will operate differently. A state as small as Rhode Island would probably not need to divide its ballot. States like Texas, California and New York would almost certainly have to create more divisions.
At large voting ends the practice of gerrymandering. It also ends the practice of either creating districts that supposedly can only be won by someone from a certain ethnicity or diluting minority votes.
A plan like this is a real threat to the political establishment that believes they control America for their benefit instead of the benefit of real Americans.
Our founding fathers feared a political elite running America.
And our current crop of leaders are the people they warned us about.