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Why I Hate Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering. I don’t remember much specific vocabulary from seventh-grade government class, but “gerrymandering” always stood out in my mind because I think it sounds funny.

The practice itself, however? Not funny. When politicians redraw district lines in order to guarantee their re-election it’s called gerrymandering. So why the uncharacteristic political rant in what is otherwise a politics-free zone?

I heard “Critics Want Redistricting Process Changed in [Florida]” on NPR yesterday morning and it made me mad. Drawing the district that will elect you so that it favors you is cheating. It’s wrong. It is not politics, and it’s about the furthest thing from a representative government as you can be without being some other form of government.

Tell me: why, in the first place, are the elected officials the ones who get to draw district boundaries in the first place? Who originally thought that was a good idea? Three words: Objective third-party needed.

Oh, and don’t even get me started on our dire need for a viable third political party.

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3 thoughts on “Why I Hate Gerrymandering

  1. Jouet enfant

    28 Mar on 2011 at 12:46

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

    • admin

      31 Mar on 2011 at 17:15

      @Jouet enfant: Thank you for your kind words! I am glad that you enjoy what I write–I do it mostly because I love writing. I am trying to continue blogging as often as possible, but you know, the best laid plans of mice and men…

  2. Nathan Maulorico

    06 Oct on 2010 at 1:14

    I liked this post Linden. The People need to be that third party, that stands up for itself. We can’t count on one person or even a small group to do everything for the entire nation. We have to do some good old fashioned Working Together as a Team.