As expected the Illinois GOP has filed the first in a series of many Federal Lawsuits challenging the Democratic-drawn remap of the Illinois Senate districts alleging that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 has been violated because it unfairly discriminates against African-Americans and Hispanics. Of course that isn't the only reason - let's face these remaps were nothing more than a blatant attempt to further the Democratic stranglehold on state politics by diminishing the GOP and its voters. The GOP has also indicated that they will also file suit to address the Congressional Districts, but as of today, haven't yet.
Even though some believe that African-Americans and Hispanics, who are not generally kind when it comes to voting for Republicans in Illinois, are being sucked into this lawsuit frivolously - it couldn't be further from the truth. The GOP correctly identified the hokey manner in which Democrats created a preposterous looking map - and yes, it does affect African-Americans and Hispanics chances from getting the fair representation they deserve.
No one (including me), though, will deny that the main motivation of the lawsuit was to prevent a further decline of GOP influence first and the minority issue second. But, that is what politics is about isn't it? So to those who loathe anything Republican in Illinois - Just Get Over It! It is well within their rights to challenge the Madiganistas who have long fucked-over even their own unwitting followers. Besides anyone with even half a brain could just point that "C" shaped district as proof to what Democrats were thinking of.
And no it wasn't in honor of Da Bears.
I will acknowledge, though, that these sorts of power grabs aren't anything new in American Politics. The Republicans aren't always angels either, especially if we use Tom DeLay as an example. But here is the real deal - while politicians screw around - real people get screwed. And I mean everyone here. These remaps should be raising more eyebrows than they typically do all-around the country yet people stand deaf and mute far too often until it is too late to do anything about it. I mean 10 years is a long ass time for any political party to dominate, but when you stack the deck to wipe out any opposition - that is not only dangerous, but will cost you dearly.
Anyone who has read my blog should know by now that ideology is the last thing on my mind. The only thing I have ever asked people to do is get involved in the process and to maintain their sense of fairness because I believe everybody loses when either party tries to deny us of our fundamental right to fair representation. And don't we all know that here in Illinois?
Average people, Democrats and Republicans alike, have been so taken advantage of that we are merely viewed as suckers. We have watched career politicians abuse the pension system where they feed from multiple troughs and watched those we vote out of office only be rehired or appointed to yet another political position. If that weren't bad enough, we have watched the political elite manipulate legislation that makes it perfectly okay to steal from homeowners while they run law firms that garner their contributors massive abatement's on their property tax appeals. And the list of ethically-challenged actions and legislation goes on and on and on.
In short, some of our politicians have put even Al Capone to shame.
So if you don't think challenging the latest remap is worth it -
then be prepared for the consequences.