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  •  Move to Amend is not broad enough (5+ / 0-)

    We need more than their proposed amendment.  And I only like the first section of their amendment.

    The author of this post says,  " So while it is true that John Boehner is speaker, that's only because the process for drawing district boundaries sucks. It's a fact of life we have to deal with, but it's not a mandate for Republicans—not one single bit."

    But gerrymandering and corporate campaign financing are not "Facts of Life".  They are the creation of political parties.  I highly recommend the following constitutional amendment:

    “The membership of The House of Representatives of the United States of America will be composed of no fewer members than twice the cube root of the total population of the nation as determined in the last preceding count conducted by the United States Census bureau. Members will be directly elected in even numbered years from equally populous, contiguous, and COMPACT, single member districts.”
    District size must shrink in order to properly represent racial and other minorities that naturally clump together.  The notion of "minority majority" districts to achieve proper representation results in the mess we have.  Let the districts be small and the boundaries be drawn by open software based on population and minimal perimeter and all will be well.  The representation in the House will more accurately reflect the racial mix of the people in the popular vote and so to will the electoral college more closely align with the popular vote.

    Democrats should ALWAYS win the popular vote if they are the representatives of the 99%.  All of the district monkey business is political party manipulation to insure the seats of the party members.  We want government of, by, and for the people.  We do not want government of, by, and for the corporations or the political parties (the politburo).

    •  Our redistricting method is scandalous (0+ / 0-)

      and show that American claims to being the best democracy on earth are laughable.  We need at least an independent commission to do the redistricting, like in virtually every other democratic nation.  We also need a form of "parliamentary supremacy" to keep the Supreme Court at bay, though that's another topic.

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