GOP’s advances mean dirty politics

Editor:

The United States is the only advanced democracy in which politicians directly participate in the redistricting process.

Here in America, it takes place behind closed doors in most states (28) by state legislators, and political consultants and strategists. GOP donors plowed cash into state legislative elections in 2010 for the express purpose of redrawing congressional lines.

It is an anti-democratic game that both parties have played in the past, but at which the GOP is now using ruthlessly to lock out undesirable voters and have virtually locked themselves in until 2020.

Next up is to change how their GOP governed states’ votes are divvied up in the Electoral College in order put a lock on the presidency.

The GOP has also been pouring money into state judicial elections across the country, packing the courts with conservative judges who will uphold their gerrymandering schemes.

By virtue of a hardcore conservative Supreme Court who OKed Citizens United and McCutcheon; by SpeechNow.org v.FEC which created Super PACs; by racist GOP gerrymandering; by various GOP voter laws, we no longer have a democracy.

Don Yelton, North Carolina’s GOP precinct chair said about Voter ID Laws: “If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it. The law is going to kick the Democrats in the butt.”

Not very Christian, that.

The GOP would love to go back to 1790 when only white male adult property-owners had the right to vote.

In these past two elections the people didn’t speak. If the people had truly spoken, there wouldn’t have been a congressman left standing. It’s the GOPs political machine who have taken our voices, taken our vote, and redistricting has made it virtually impossible for us to vote them out.

Sen. Mitch McConnell said the election was about the fact that “people no longer trust government” and it was “a repudiation of Obama.”

That was the goal of the Republican grand strategy they forged on inauguration night, Jan. 20, 2009, when Frank Luntz, a real conservative toad, gathered up the GOP leadership for a meeting of the minds. They decided their strategy going forward – regardless of the sweeping election results (Dems won the presidency, the Senate, and the House), would be obstruction and hate.

Their unrelenting show of disrespect for President Obama from the get-go weakened his and our standing worldwide. Again, that was their intent.

Instilling mistrust and hate for our government has always been Job No. 1 for Republicans/Libertarians.

It’s part of their voter demoralization strategy to suppress the vote, and their No. 1 selling point in their quest to privatize government.

They intentionally throw monkey wrenches into it, then stand back and point, “See how bad government is.”

McConnell gave the orders to oppose “everything” the Obama administration proposed.

“If he was for it, we had to be against it,” Sen. George Voinovich said. “He wanted everyone to hold the fort. All he cared about was making sure Obama could never have a clean victory.”

Rep. Kevin McCarthy said, “We’ve gotta challenge them on every single bill. Show united and unyielding opposition to the president’s economic policies.”

Republican Jim DeMint’s comment from 2010 makes it clear: “Our goal is a complete gridlock for the next two years. There is no place for bi-partisanship, compromise, only acceptable outcome is total victory and any politician that disagrees will be treated as a traitor. This is war.”

More than half the members of Congress are millionaires. Their good buds are billionaires,

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