Sherry Jeffe over at NBC LA:
…The outcry that followed the Commission’s first draft of new district lines seemed to knock the new approach off-kilter.
Latino leaders demanded more districts, to reflect their increasing demographic and political clout (not to mention the mandate of the federal Voting Rights Act).
Their cries of “Foul!” were echoed by Republicans worried that, because of the state’s changing demographics, their new districts will include dangerously high numbers of Latinos—not a GOP-friendly voter group.
African-American activists decried proposed boundaries that could lead to fewer black lawmakers. L.A.’s Westside is reeling from the possible loss of at least one of the most powerful Jewish-Americans in Congress…
Here’s the thing, Jeffe clearly considers this bad – bad that the citizens commission didn’t make more Latino districts, didn’t make more black districts, may force GOPers to compete for hispanic votes, that an entrenched Los Angeles politician might lose his life-seat. To me, this is all just great – and, in fact, the more “screwed up” the commission makes the districts, the better.
You see, what Jeffe – and everyone else who is either of the Ruling Class or unable to break free and start thinking independently – doesn’t realize is that having things made messy is a feature of a democratically governed republic, not a bug. It is supposed to be like that – we’re not supposed to have life-long, professional politicians and their aids working things out for us. We’re supposed to do it all on our own – with untrained, inexperienced regular folks just getting together to hash it out and then going back to be citizens living under the laws they made.
Bill Buckley once opined that he’d rather be governed by the first 100 names in the phone book than an Ivy League faculty – and he said this because, at bottom, he knew that was the way it is supposed to be. Self rule must be just that – we, the people, ruling ourselves. Sure, representative democracy…but the people who represent us are supposed to be us. You know, send your neighbor Fred to Congress for a couple years and then send Nancy and after that maybe Jeff down the block. We’re not supposed to have 18 term House members who are so entrenched that they start to seek a chosen successor when senility finally makes them incapable of spending other people’s money.
And we’re not supposed to be carved up by skin color, religious affinity or anything like that. We’re supposed to be carved up by the area we live in, because it is a certainty that people living in a given area have similar interests. That is why districts are supposed to be compact – not drawn with part of the district going down the middle of a street so that two entirely different areas can be stitched together to give a hack politician an easy ride to re-election.
Furthermore, inexperienced politicians can’t be crooks on the same level as career politicians. It takes time to both learn how to steal on a grand scale, as well as to develope the ego necessary to think you should. You have a worry that Congressional staffers would then really be in charge? Simple – get rid of the Congressional staffers. Make the Congressmen write their own bills and answer their own constituent mail…that will tell us who can put together a coherent sentence all on their own. It’ll also give them less time to think up laws to impose on us, as well as less time to grand stand on fashionable issues.
Enough of this elitist mentality – as well as the serf mentality which sustains it. Are we Americans, or not? Have we even an ounce of the blood of Washington, Jefferson and Madison in us? If we do, then it is time we proved it – by taking our government back.