So far as I am concerned Newt Gingrich is completely wrong when he says the Founding Fathers liked government shutdowns. The way I see it Gerrymandering Politicians Like Government Shutdowns much more than what those Founding Fathers could have ever imagined doing. Personally I don't think they would have stooped to such lows to ensure that the nation be littered with partisan strangleholds.
Matter of fact, I believe that the Founding Fathers deeply respected the idea of political discourse and are probably turning in their graves by the abuses of power that have been unleashed upon the good people of America. And there has been no greater abuse than the perpetuation of Gerrymandering Congressional Districts.
And let's be very, very clear here - this Gerrymandering has been perpetrated upon the people by both political parties and they are equally guilty. People talked of the gains made by the GOP due to its Gerrymandering but what about the State of Illinois? Have those people even bothered to look at the irregular boundaries that were approved by a dictatorial Democratic Regime and upheld by a State Supreme Court that has a permanent 5-4 Democratic Majority because they are the only state in the union that "elects justices by districts, not statewide. This ensures Democratic dominance of the court, and it clearly violates federal one person/one vote mandates."
Of course there are those states which are controlled by the Republicans also. So, just like their counterparts they have made every effort and attempt to establish their own congressional strangleholds and fiefdoms. As a result, the people have been denied equal and fair representation under the law.
So Newt baby - it really isn't a matter of the Founding Fathers liking government shutdowns as much as it is today's politician who has been hellbent on not wanting to be held accountable by their constituency. And that is exactly what the American Politician has become - unaccountable and untouchable as nearly 4 out of 5 congressional districts are now considered safe.
Talk about the ultimate abuse of power!
But that is the state of the State of the Union isn't it?. So, is it any real wonder then that today's politician (or the former one's) act in the manner they do? They know there isn't jackshit anyone can do about it because the U.S. Supreme Court has sat idly by and/or blindly reaffirmed the actions of scrupulous Statehouse's, political parties and/or highly-paid lobbyists that continue to take the nation ever closer to the Great Abyss.
Unfortunately the people of this once great nation have not done much to prevent what their political leaders have done (and continue to do) to them. Instead of looking at the bigger picture people have chosen to either swallow the rhetoric hook, line and sinker or completely disengage.
Until, of course, the shit hits the fan.
And that's too bad because by then we have all become hostages!
So what are we to do then? Well we should probably all Support Fair Vote or look into other ideas on How to Fix Gerrymandering and Stop Future Shutdowns. At least these solutions won't require us to get involved in an all out Insurrection or a Civil War, right?
But doing nothing is not an option any longer.
Because Gerrymandering Perpetuates Government Shutdowns!
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