I went to a meeting of the Radnor Democrats and there were so many nice, intelligent, dedicated, hopeful people there that it made me wish I liked people more. That's something I'm going to work on, liking people despite their limitations, and getting people to like me more despite my intellectual handicaps.
Anyway, gerrymandering was a hot topic because of what had happened in North Carolina, that voting boundaries had been deemed to be unacceptable. And I learned that Pennsylvania is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country and that our supreme court recognized this recently, but decided that the remedy would be worse than the cure, but now will be forced to reexamine the issue, which might put the May 15 elections at risk, since candidates might end up in districts that aren't the one's they're registered in. What a mess.
Then Daylon Leach, a man of integrity, in my humble opinion, a man who has amazing recall, and is one of the best public speakers I've ever witnessed, a man of wit and intelligence, who has been attacked for making some off-color comments, and asked to step down, which would make anybody who doesn't spit out pabulum unworthy of public office, spoke about the issue.
Basically what he said is that our system is insane on all fronts. The way computers are being used to draw boundary lines to assure the continued control of legislatures by both parties (and there's no question that in recent years Republicans have done more of this because they lack the numbers to win fairly) makes a mockery of free and fair elections. As Daylon said, the state constitution makes it clear that voting districts respect communities, and the present carved up map looks like a collage of Roursach? tests. He said that no matter how this plays out, the justices have made clear that the future should look more like squares and rectangles.
Party affiliation is not a reason to contest a gerrymandered district, since party affiliation is not deemed to be an unassailable trait, such as race. So when asked why a certain, black community wasn't kept in a Republican county, the argument isn't racial, it's voter registration. The purpose of redrawing these maps is to give back to the voters the power of their vote in local elections particularly, but also on the national level since these districts affect the election of representations on the electoral college.
As Daylon pointed out, the big problem we face isn't gerrymandering, that's just the tip of the iceberg. The big problem is governance, and how we get people so focused on affiliations to reach across the aisle. The big problem is money in politics that require candidates to prove their legitimacy not with ideas, but with the amount of money they've raised. It's like Trump saying his wealth is proof that he's a stable genius. I guess Tesla must have been an idiot then in comparison.