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Bragging about gerrymandering

2013-01-17 08:27:44.848434-08 by Dan Lyke 0 comments

Republican State Leadership Committee: REDMAP 2012 Summary Report. In which the report writers brag about their ability to gerrymander and manipulate electoral districts:

The rationale was straightforward: Controlling the redistricting process in these states would have the greatest impact on determining how both state legislative and congressional district boundaries would be drawn. Drawing new district lines in states with the most redistricting activity presented the opportunity to solidify conservative policymaking at the state level and maintain a Republican stronghold in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next decade.

Via Think Progress.

See, the thing about playing the long game in politics is that politics is the extension of violence, and that's okay, but the thing is that you're trying to build shared belief structures so that people don't actually resort to violence, so that we can spend less of our economy in protecting transactions, and more of it actually building things.

Which means that even if you're playing deceitful manipulative games, you don't fucking brag about it in public.

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