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February 08, 2017
Where do we go from here?

I'm having Random Thoughts(tm) about all of this activity.

We're doing a lot of protesting and shouting and anyone whose eyes have left foxnews for thirty seconds in the last three weeks can't help but know that there's an outraged and vocal section of the populace on the move.

I'm wondering what we'll see when the shouting stops.

What the end-game, people? What concrete results are we fighting for?

It's not enough to want X, Y, and Z out of office. At this point, there's no guarantee that their replacements will be any better. Or that we won't be right back in this position in a very few years.

It's unquestionable that the Republican Party is in full monkey-mode. They see no protesters and hear no voices and, if someone gets in their face about it, they claim it's all paid harassment by Soros (a longtime demon for the Right).

With their majority in Congress and their firm determination to implement their racist, misogynistic agenda, regardless of what the voters want, it's clearly useless for us to look for the checks & balances of our system to rein in 45 & his puppetmaster, Bannon.

So--what?

Say we impeach 45, whether the Republican Senate likes it or not. That leaves us with Pence, which is not what I'd call a major change for the better.

Granted, we won't have to worry about Bannon--Pence can do all the damage he wants to do, without any help. And, believe me, he wants to do some damage. He's not as unstable as 45, so he's not going to be as easy to whip up protest against. but he's dangerous to those who care about civil liberties. And Pence isn't likely to roll back any of 45's changes. He's not going to put the KKK back on the Hate Group list or make any major public demonstration of repudiating white supremacists or reinstate the committee that has oversight of keeping voting machines unhacked or anything like that.

I don't think he's dumb enough to get himself impeached, though, which leaves us two years of maintaining watchfulness before we get a chance to change the Senate majority through the vote.

Assuming, you know, we're able to do that. Gerrymandering, you know. "Safe" districts that allow Colorado's Senator Gardner and others like him to ignore voter protests.

I say, that's where we start. By taking control of the redrawing of Congressional Districts for our states*, and by passing laws that require nonpartisan committees doing the work, in place of politicians. This move is good for everyone, Right or Left, except the politicians, so it shouldn't be too much of a battle to sell it to the voters of the 50 states. The more competitive your district, the more attention your elected official(s) have to pay to your opinion if they want to get reelected. Open competition produces responsible politicians.

After that, we need to restore the Voting Rights Act, together with all of the protections is provides for all of the voters of this country. No more mass purges to rid the voter's roll of unwanted names, no more "out of order" signs in poorer neighborhoods, etc. And no more electronic voting machines. I say we all go back to paper ballots--mail-in ballots with a one or two-week window of opportunity to get your ballot postmarked.

When everyone who can vote and wants to vote is able to vote, with confidence that their elected official will be responsive to their ongoing concerns, then I think elections will reflect a much more honest view of our population.

I was going to go on and talk about the Electoral College but we all know that song and I'm tired of listening to myself talk for one day.

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* Squares or rectangles, as much as possible. No more of these free-form, snake-like wriggles to carve a "district" out of a block here and half a block there.

Posted by AnneZook at 05:41 PM


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