If there is anything the recent “government” shutdown should have taught it is that, those in positions of governance have drawn up laws and then passed them that insulates themselves from “we the people.”
Don’t like what your legislators, governors or even city council are doing? There’s not a whole lot you can do about it.
Those in governance have passed laws making of themselves a “protected species.”
Office holders have made an enclave of their respective prejudices and positions in governance. The US Congress is not one huge monolithic entity but numerous entities, fiefdoms sprinkled about the nation is colors, red and blue.
Through the antics of concentrated, prevailing power those who come out victors in their respective elections get to redraw the the boundaries of their respective kingdoms. These bullies of governance draw new lines reinventing their respective fiefdoms of concentrated power. These extreme versions of the political spectrum continually draw and re-draw the lines whose socioeconomic and political preferences keep them in office, oppress and suppress the influence of minorities and guarantee gridlock.
Consider this, segregation is an art form in this country. In San Antonio the 1954 “Master Plan” (even the title sounds so antebellum South or Nazi Germany, no?) carved up the city by race into quadrants. That break down did several things at once.
First it isolated, divided and conquered the power of “we the people.” By keeping racially and ethnically alike people in one area of town there would be either no threat or a lesser threat to the majority population.
Second, because there were no single-member districts in the mid-1950’s there was little, if any, chance that a racial or ethnic minority could win city-wide office. Think of it as a slave state legacy, an entitlement for the majority population.
This insured two classes of “citizens” One a class of racial and ethnic minority slave labor for the majority population. The other a ruling class, socially, economically and politically.
Now see it for what it is across the entire South of the nation and even across the entire “bi-coastal” socioeconomic strata of this nation.
Of today’s 435 offices of congressional representation scattered around the country only a handful of congressional districts are not “safe” seats. “Safe” seats means that by way of tyranny by majority a congressional district has been drawn to benefit the majority. That’s right, that means the “what is” presently is likely to continue to be so because oligarchs have put lots of money in play to insure it.
Let me explain in Texas red the political party in control gets to re-draw congressional boundaries after the decade’s census. These are not objective “straight lines and right angles” by population . Oh no, these lines are what is termed “gerrymandering.”
The word “gerrymandering” does the practice a disservice. It is tool of power. It insures a defacto slave-state, by the machinations of a slave-state legacy. Gerrymandering creates fiefdoms of concentrated power for like-minded tyrants.
The “leaders” of the winning political party get to set the boundaries of their new “safe seat.” By drawing the lines to include bastions of the like-minded these political parties are insured of future political, social and economic success through dilution of the voting power of minorities.
Simply put this insures that the party in power, stays in power.
Making matters worse those office holders and their one-percent benefactors have a great deal of influence over who is or is not nominated to the court system at all levels. In reality the majority population in particular the top 1% of that majority have always had that power meaning those on the US Supreme Court are racial and socioeconomic representatives of the majority population.
This is “freedom?” “democracy?”
So what we witnessed in D.C. over the past couple of weeks was just more political drama, a distraction and all that could possibly result from a built-in color-coded tug-of-war system of governance.
This class of oligarchs feels free to wreck havoc on the nation because the district they represent at once demands it and insures that if their duly elected rock star wannabe, steppin’ fetchit, boot licking lapdog of the one-percent does their bidding they will win, yet again.
It is a most unmendable misfortune. It is what is called “democracy.” It’s also the reason the Founders didn’t stand-up a “democracy.”
From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of for profit prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way…