Tuesday, January 20, 2015
A Disadvantage of Gerrymandering
The President is going to solve some serious problems by executive action. The Congress, which has refused to act on any of the problems is furious. The Speaker of the House is going to sue the President for exceeding his constitutional authority. However, the President's actions are popular. The public supports his actions dealing with immigration and visitors with expired visas, otherwise known as "illegals."
Four years ago, after the decennial census of 2010, the Republicans managed to control enough State legislatures and had sympathetic governors in those States to redraw the district boundary lines in those States so that the districts would tend to elect Republican Congressmen, even in elections in which the Democrats had a majority of votes in the redistricted States. The resulting Republican majority in the House of Representatives does not correspond to the majority of the voters. With a fair election system, the House would today have a Democratic majority. This bias in favor of the Republican party is the result of a process called "Gerrymandering."
Fortunately, we have a President who was elected by all the people and not from unrepresentative Gerrymandered districts. He is thwarting the Republican attempt to return us to the age of Calvin Coolidge and the Robber Barons. The Gerrymandering didn't do the Republicans any good. They can not override a Presidential veto. Even if they succeed in their lawsuit, the courts move slowly and they will not succeed in stopping the President, at least not in the short run. Gerrymandering does not make the Republican Party the party of the majority. All it does is give Republicans the illusion of the power that comes with being the majority. They are not really the majority and the power they have is illusionary.