In an article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, published today (Saturday, February 25, 2017) in the Sheboygan Press, is this statement :
Judge Frank Easterbrook of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said those challenging Wisconsin’s voting laws were contending that Democrats can expand voting rules to help their party at the polls but Republicans can’t tighten them to their advantage.
“That can’t be right,” he said during arguments in a pair of Wisconsin cases.
Absolutely, that can’t be right, and I am amazed the judge did not challenge the lawyers’ willful mis-interpretation of the Constitution.
Voting laws, voting districts are not supposed to benefit either Party. They are intended to protect the rights of all citizens to vote. We have a right to honest representation in Congress. Gerrymandering violates voters’ rights to that honest representation.
Both Parties violate the rights of citizens when they manipulate the rules, violate citizens’ rights, and violate the Constitution to benefit themselves.
I am appalled that a sitting judge would not challenge lawyers on their blatant acceptance of unconstitutional practices. That he would even accept it as the natural order of things it is beyond belief.
Gerrymandering is voter fraud — and I, for one, am sick of it. All methods intended to discourage voting, to make it harder for voters to exercise their right (and that is their purpose) are violations of their Constitutional rights. Lawyers spend years trying to violate the spirit of a law by manipulating the letter of a law. That should stop in a Court of Law. If our Courts and our Justices lose sight of that Spirit of the Constitution, and fail to protect it, then this Nation is lost.
Something else that sticks in my craw. Why do members of Congress cross the street? To make illegal fundraising phone calls. We have a law that says members of Congress may not use their offices to raise election funds. So what do lawyers do? They tell our representatives to walk across the street — and use specially constructed office spaces to make those calls. They violate the SPIRIT of the law by limiting the interpretation of “office” to mean “the walled space in a building that holds their phones.” But they still use their elected office for that illegal purpose. Who are they kidding? Crossing the street doesn’t change a thing. Even if the law does refer to using the Congressional building to raise money, crossing the street does not change a thing. When they’re in Congress, their office resides in them; they take it with them when they cross the street. Teenagers trying that trick on their parents would learn very quickly that rules are not meant to be manipulated. They are intended to protect VALUES.