Power of Story
Send a Tweet        
- Advertisement -
OpEdNews Op Eds

Democrats Must Become America's Anti-Gerrymandering Party

By       Message John Nichols     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 7/8/17

Author 29155
Become a Fan
  (20 fans)

From The Nation

- Advertisement -
The opposition party should embrace a sweeping reform agenda that embraces the promise of voting rights, competitive elections, and genuinely representative democracy.

From youtube.com: Voters Lined up to cast their ballots {MID-140135}
Voters Lined up to cast their ballots
(Image by YouTube, Channel: PennLive.com)
  Permission   Details   DMCA

American democracy is not working. We have a president who lost the popular vote by almost 3 million ballots, a Congress that reflects gerrymandered district lines rather than the will of the people, and a voting system that discourages rather than encourages the high turnouts that are needed to establish a genuinely representative democracy.

The Republican Party, which has benefited from this dysfunction, is in no rush to change things. Indeed, it has at its highest levels embraced the voter-suppression lies and scheming of charlatans such as Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and President Trump's Orwellian "Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity." So it falls to progressive Democrats, nonaligned independents, and third-party activists to take the lead in the struggle for democratic renewal.

- Advertisement -

For the Democrats, there are two ways to address the crisis. First, they can carry on as they always have and hope that they get better at being an opposition party within a fundamentally flawed system. Second, they could propose to reform the system in ways that would begin to realize the promise of competitive elections and popular democracy.

Congressman Don Beyer has chosen the bolder route. Last week, the Virginia Democrat proposed the Fair Representation Act, a plan to democratize congressional elections with a bold reform that could also be used to bring real competition to state legislative contests.

Explaining that "polarization and partisanship, both among voters and in Congress, have reached dangerous and scary heights," Beyer says: "The Fair Representation Act is the bold reform America needs to be sure every vote matters, to defeat gerrymandering, and ensure the House of Representatives remains the people's House."

- Advertisement -

Rob Richie, the executive director of FairVote, which has worked with Beyer to promote the measure, says, "The Fair Representation Act is the most comprehensive approach to improving congressional elections in American history."

Click Here to Read Whole Article

- Advertisement -
   

Ad info: click here

Top Content
in the Last 2 Days
(by Page Views)

Russian special forces repel a US-planned attack in Syria, denounce the USA and issue a stark warning by The Saker (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Sanders Foreign Policy Speech at Westminster College by Bernie Sanders (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Donald Trump's Addiction to Violence by Henry Giroux (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Donald Trump: International Terrorist, Lunatic & Hypocrite by Mike Rivage-Seul (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The killing of history by John Pilger (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Seven Good Reasons Why Climate Change Is No Hoax, Mr. Trump by Arshad M Khan (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Rules? Where we're going we don't need"rules. by Carl Petersen (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Do You Remember This Pharma Hoax Against Women? It Is Coming Back (Part One) by Martha Rosenberg (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Fractal Kings by Rob Kall (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Capitalism: The Nightmare by Paul Street (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative by Ray McGovern (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Revolutionary Medicine: The Change We Need by Michael Pappas (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Syria's defeat of US backed terrorists will be a victory for people of the West by Mark Taliano (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Is Identity Politics Brewing a Holocaust? by Paul Craig Roberts (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Nuclear Plants Plus Hurricanes: Disasters Waiting to Happen by Harvey Wasserman (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

If You Don't Have Good Health Care, Neither Should Your Rep by Jim Hightower (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Donald Trump took $107 million promised to charities ... and kept it by Daily Kos (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

How the US Became a Warmonger Police State by Paul Craig Roberts (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Unmasked: Trump Doctrine vows carnage for new axis of evil by Pepe Escobar (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Trump at the UN: Nuremberg Redux by John Wight (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Burns, Novick, PBS documentary found misleading the American public by Dave Lefcourt (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

U.S. Korea Policy, "Mutually Assured Madness" by David William Pear (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Brute isolation: Trump and the art of unraveling the Iran deal by Pepe Escobar (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Courting the Global South: Will Israel Become a UN Security Council Member? by Ramzy Baroud (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Medicare-For-All: Open Rebellion, Paid Politicians & Net Family Savings by Gaius Publius (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Go To Top 50 Most Popular

- Advertisement -

Classics of Liberal Thinking

Progressive Radio Links