Totally Nonpartisan PSA & Request for Action

Hey y’all,

I hope you had a very merry Christmas, a wonderful New Year, and that 2019 is your best year ever.  This is a nonpartisan PSA and request for action.

I think most of us share the belief that our Federal government is broken or at the least highly dysfunctional.  One of its biggest problems is partisan gerrymandering.  Both parties have long been guilty of redrawing Congressional districts in a manner that robs voters of fair and equal representation and allows the party in power to remain in power even when the majority of votes in a particular state are for the opposite party.  Legal challenges to this pernicious practice have been working their way through the courts, and some recent cases have resulted in favorable findings for the plaintiffs.

It’s time to end partisan gerrymandering.

Representative Jim Cooper of Tennessee introduced common-sense legislation to correct this problem in January 2017.  The bill, HR 712, the John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act, has 26 cosponsors to date and has been languishing in the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice since Valentine’s Day 2017.

Let’s show HR 712 some long overdue love.

Please write or call your U.S. Representatives and ask them to get on board with the John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act.  Tell them you want your voice heard over and above the voices of the party bosses.   Write or call the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice (Representatives Steve Cohen, Ted Deutch, Louie Gohmert, Karen Handel, Steve King, and Jamie Raskin) and ask that HR 712 be passed out of committee and brought to the House floor for consideration.

Thank y’all.  Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly,

Love,

Denny

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11 thoughts on “Totally Nonpartisan PSA & Request for Action

  1. Denny, while your PSA is admirable, it will not solve the partisanship problem. The divide between conservatives and liberals is so entrench, and I myself would not give an inch to the conservative agenda. I am a Bernie Sanders democrat. Or, even beyond that. The rich should be taxed heavily. First they acquire wealth without sense. Money just to have money. It is insanity. While some who are rich are quite generous, the majority of them amass their wealth and there it sits. Second, they owe a great deal to the country that allowed them to acquire such wealth in the first place. While, there are other countries where they can amass their wealth, the United States is probably the most capitalistic country in the world. I am not for dismantling this type of economy. It has created the wealth that has made it possible to use it in fairness and in good. The taxing of the rich will not deprive them of obtaining the goods of the world. With money from taxing the rich this country could provide decent health care, housing, and food to everyone. It is not a lot to ask for really.

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    1. Happy New Year, Steven! I hope you, Bette, and Baxter are doing well & have a wonderful 2019.

      I know there’s no combination of things that will solve the partisanship problem, and that’s not the point of my post. After all, we’re tribal by nature. But HR 712 is one small step toward addressing the government problem. I agree with everything else you said above.

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  2. This is a wonderful call to action! As a Brit, it’s frustrating for me to watch how better and more ethical US candidates have been edged out because of this. I hope people can come on board and realise that they can make a difference.

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  3. Michigan has done this as a state. We voted in a proposal in November that the state will set up a committee of 4 Democrats, 4 Republicans and 5 Independents (I think I have those numbers right) who will set up our districts. From what I understand, these committee members will be randomly selected. This proposal was passed by a large margin (as did the proposals for legalizing recreational marijuana and for allowing everyone in the state access to absentee voting). Maybe if we cannot do it at a federal level, the states could do it on their own.

    Good PSA by the way. I’ll have to follow that one.

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    1. Thanks, LuAnne. I’m glad MI took action, and I sure hope TN will soon. Hey, we’re making progress. My Republican State Senator, a physician, has been pushing for a couple of years now to get medical marijuana legislation passed. His latest bipartisan bill will come up for a vote again this year. It’s small, but it’s something.

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