Illinois Republican House incumbents filed federal suit on Wednesday against the Illinois Board of Elections over the Democratic Remap. The lawsuit asserts that the new districts drawn by Democrats not only discriminates against Latinos and Republicans, but it also called the remap a "partisan gerrymander."
In all, 10 Republican Incumbents and 6 others have been named as plaintiffs, they are: Peter J. Roskam (Il-6th), Joe Walsh (Il-8th), Robert J. Dold (Il-10th), Adam Kinzinger (Il 11th), Judy Biggert (Il-13th), Randy Hultgren (Il 14th), Donald Manzullo Il-16th), Bobby Schilling (Il-17th), Aaron Schock (Il-18th), John M. Shimkus (Il-19th), Edmund Brezinski, Michelle Caballero, Ralph Rangel, Louis Sanabria, Lou Sandoval and Laura Waxweiler.
In a statement, GOP members said:
"In joining this lawsuit, we strongly contest the Democrats' congressional redistricting map in Illinois. From the beginning, we have said that this map cannot stand, because it disrespects the will of voters, discriminates against the state's growing Hispanic population, and fails the tests for compactness and protecting communities of interest."
"While we are disappointed that Governor Quinn chose to rubber-stamp this flawed map, we are confident that an impartial review of the facts in court will expose the serious defects in this map and reverse the naked partisan power-grab contemplated by the Democrats."
"We look forward to the restoration of fairness and Constitutional principles in the redistricting process. The creation of a balanced congressional map is necessary to ensure that the people of Illinois have an opportunity to express their will at the ballot box and elect those representatives who best reflect their shared interests."
Naturally there will be those who believe that to the victors go the spoils and had it been Republicans in power - they would have done the same. Well, I have no doubt that would be true. However, I have to doubt that they would have gone after such a blatant remap. Anyone looking at the drawn boundaries could see what the intent was. As I alluded to in a previous post - the only thing you could say about those Senate and Congressional remaps was that they were highly creative. So give our political nimrods an "A" for that.
This remap, though, is galling since the Democrats already are in solid control. If this remap is permitted to stand, the Democrats not only strengthen their already powerful grip, but it would put a virtual noose around voters for much longer than the decade until the next census occurs. I don't know about you, but the Democrats have far too much power and this remap was purely about expanding it.
Illinois simply cannot continue to be governed by a group of greedy bastards whose only game plan is to tax, tax, tax. But that is exactly what you would get if these remaps are permitted to stand. Illinois Democrats have run roughshod over this state and in the process raped its taxpayers blind. There simply is no wiggle room left for generating the revenues it needs to get back on solid financial ground. So if people think that challenging this remap isn't important - think again. There is a hell of a lot more at stake than disenfranchising voters.
When one political party has that much control over the process you no longer have a functioning democracy, instead you have an oligarchy. And believe me, we are closer to that than you think we are. So forget about the arguments that this is over spilled milk, it isn't. If my history serves me correctly, that is exactly how the Nazis and Fascists were able to grab power and inflict their wrath upon the unsuspecting and the apathetic. And don't think for a moment that far too many Americans have already mistaken that their apathy is actually a rejection of their own rights, because we see it everyday. Americans have become so unengaged that it can only end badly. Very badly.
Yet the beat goes on doesn't it?
But don't say you haven't been warned - again!
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