November 16, 2012

Gerrymandering to the Nth Degree

It has been a long time since my last post. I think that is due to the fact that the political climate leading up to the election has been so poisonous and surreal that I was truly at a loss for words. However, now that the election is over and data has been gathered, congealed, and crunched, one particular fact has presented itself that must become a primary topic of our political discourse -- gerrymandering is determining the composition of the House of Representatives. The following chart from Mother Jones clearly demonstrates that Congressional districts in states governed by Republicans were re-drawn in 2010 to favor Republican Congressional candidates.

It is absolutely insupportable for this misrepresentation of the popular will to continue. We should as a nation institute policies that inhibit these anti-democratic tactics. Yes, there are spoils that come along with winning elections. But those spoils should not include being able to rig the system so that you can continue to win.