Democrats or Republicans create the Gerrymanders they think will keep them elected.
Mr. Williamson, would you voice similar complaints if your people had drawn the districts?
Both parties do whatever the heck they want. Neither considers what is best for the people as a whole.
The Republicans screw the middle class to help the wealthy and the Democrats screw the middle class to help the poor.
Either way, the folks in the middle get hosed. A plague on both your houses.
You can -- and have -- accused me of many things, but I will not accept this charge. In 2009, while the Democrats were still in control of Raleigh, the local Watauga Democratic Party passed the resolution reprinted below. I supported it and still do. In fact, back in 2009, so did the current Republican leaders of the NC General Assembly.
The fact is that Republicans are in charge of the process now. The fact is that they said they would be different. They are. They're worse.
Independent Redistricting Commission
Submitted to the Convention by Blowing Rock Precinct
WHEREAS the Democratic Party of North Carolina strongly believes that competitive elections are the essence of democracy; and
WHEREAS the present partisan system of drawing district lines results in fewer than 15% of North Carolina legislative districts being considered competitive; and
WHEREAS it is in the best long-term interests of the Democratic Party to foster electoral democracy and a government of, by, and for the people, and when the Democratic Party is in power, it can better assure a fair and transparent outcome from reforming the redistricting process; and
WHEREAS this model is currently being successfully used in at least 12 other states;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that in order to create legislative and congressional districts that are truly representative of the population, and to devise redistricting plans that result in competitive congressional and legislative districts, the North Carolina Democratic Party will use all of its influence to encourage the 2009 General Assembly to immediately introduce and support a bill to create a nonpartisan independent redistricting process for the state of North Carolina.
Passed by acclamation April 18, 2009