This ain't no democracy

Thomas Mills writes today about the toxic impacts of partisan redistricting, something that BlueNC has challenged for ten years now. It was wrong when Democrats did it back in the day, and it's wrong now that Republicans are doing it.

But even more damnable than the parties who put this terrible practice into place are the courts and the Boards of Elections that have allowed it to stand.

Just so you understand, we have in America a system for managing elections that allows for blatant discrimination against people based on which party they belong to, who their friends are, what nationality they are, what neighborhoods they live in, how old they are, and more. The only thing we can't discriminate on is race, and even that rule has been undermined by recent court rulings.

All the splitting of hairs we see in court and in boards of elections these days is meaningless because it misses the ugly elephant in the room. Our system is government is a screwed-up mess, gamed by whoever is on top to keep their privilege for as long as possible.

Every candidate should be speaking to this issue as a fundamental and fatal flaw in our democracy. Every chairperson of every Board of Elections, including our state board chair, should declare our system corrupt and unworkable. But none of them will. They'll simply go along, playing their petty part in the grand charade.

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"It's not my job," says Kim Strach

This whole fucking business makes me sick.

Sickening indeed

Every candidate should be speaking to this issue as a fundamental and fatal flaw in our democracy. Every chairperson of every Board of Elections, including our state board chair, should declare our system corrupt and unworkable. But none of them will. They'll simply go along, playing their petty part in the grand charade.

This just hammers home the proof that those who refuse to stand against this kind of blatantly un-American behavior are unfit to serve. No, the Constitution does not guarantee us a democracy, but without a wide, diverse pool of candidates, from more than two parties (both of them owned by Wall Street and other oligarchs) what we end up with is a legislature and a Congress suffering from severe ideological inbreeding.

This is a preventable disease. Sickening indeed.

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"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

Is Kim Strack a Ukraine Nazi in Drag?

No doubt Kim Strack would not divided Ukraine Nazi West against Ukraine Russia East if in charge?

No, it just the human condition, and ours is baddd

In 2001, I wrote some items about redistricting and asked why we did not simply copy Iowa and their independent Redistricting Commission. I was attached by very serious and senior Democrats. I was told: "you just do not understand, if you knew what we know.........". When I hear anything close to those words, I am being lied to deliberately by some asshole who has no idea about what they are talking about. So, why should the Republicans not continue the fraud? Conditions in 2001 were such that we could had an independent commission. Prior to that the Dixiecrats were busy keeping White Supremacy up and well and alive in Nawf Kerlina. Bunch of stupid jerk, to whom we are now expected to genuflect. Sorry, not me. Stupid is as stupid does. Same reasons we got Right to Work--keep poor whites and blacks apart, something been ahappening since 1607 in Virginia. So weep all you want, aint gonna do nothing. Note: NC also did not allow recall, right of petition, and other mechanisms for controlling government -- "y'all kin trust us's with your chilrens, etc. and yo money", signed KKK and Redshirts.

"is we stupid or what"?

wafranklin