Tuesday March 6, 2018
Proper representation is of interest to everyone.
Following the state Supreme Court decision striking down the gerrymandered congressional map, legislators failed to develop a decent map. Battle lines were drawn instead. In a strike against underrepresentation and gluttonous political careers, the court had a fair map created.
Republican legislators have chosen to continue their fight, railing against the justice system, looking for loopholes in the constitution and threatening judges with impeachment. In doing so, they undermine the legitimacy of our courts and demonstrate blatant self-interest, chipping away at the foundations of our democracy.
Gerrymandering has weakened the power of our votes. Yet many of our representatives display antipathy toward setting it right, and question the process that makes that happen. Any of our legislators who rail against the court's role should themselves be questioned not only about their motives, but in terms of their commitment to the common good.
This is not a partisan issue. Constituents want fair representation and districts that keep communities together. We want to know that the three branches of government are working in concert and with deference to the system of checks and balances.
We can withstand the inconvenience of timing and temporary confusion. The question is whether we can withstand the continued degradation of a government run by self-serving, corrupt politicians, who are now panicking and throwing tantrums because a more level playing field has been created.
Fair redistricting not a partisan issue