The prevailing metaphor of “The Walking Dead” was that American cities have decayed and need traditional America to save them – indeed its debut poster
very clearly showed a lone cowboy riding in to save an Atlanta everyone had fled.
And if groups like the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and Common Cause have their way, there’ll be nowhere to flee to.
San Francisco is a city of millionaires, billionaires, and homeless people.
Chicago may be the “Second City,” but it’s No. 1 for murders — and they celebrate weekends all the shootings were non-fatal.
Los Angeles is both the gang capital and rat capital of America, in danger of a plague outbreak.
Baltimore has just had its third mayor in a row quit because of corruption — proving it’s time for HBO to make another show about how awful Baltimore is.
Minneapolis is the terrorist recruitment capital of America.
And on and on and on.
Suburban and rural Americans look on with horror at the news of how big cities have been ruined for all but the mega-rich, and wonder when the same will happen to their communities. Because whatever starts in big cities eventually trickles its way out to the country. Rural America may have a drug problem now, but it’s just a couple decades behind the drug problems that started in the cities.
Despite the way that the Democrats who run these big, rotten cities insist that they and they alone have the cure for problems like income inequality, pollution, and gun violence, their cities lead the nation in said problems. As a sad piece of irony, the bluer the city the worse the inequality.
So understandably, Americans want to keep the political and cultural influence of big cities as far away as possible. But rather than fixing their own cities, Democrats want to conquer as much of the rest of the country as possible.
One particular battleground right now is North Carolina, where the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and Common Cause are trying to play with the lines for the state legislative districts — having been unable to capture as much of it as they feel they deserve.
Democrats are trying to manipulate the courts to redraw legislative boundaries the way they want, as part of their power-hungry “sue-to-blue” strategy. The North Carolina Constitution gives the General Assembly authority to draw the lines for state legislative districts, with very explicit rules for drawing those lines that don’t allow legislators much latitude to draw lines politically.
The North Carolina Constitution requires certain segments of the population to be in the same legislative districts. Part of the intent is to prevent the kind of awkward districts that Democrats gerrymandered for decades. These rules also ensure that rural and small-town voters are not made irrelevant by voters in the big population centers. Taking this authority away from the legislature and handing it to judges or an outside commission removes authority from elected officials and, in turn, the voters who put them in office.
Most of the districts in question still seem to favor Democrats, but apparently, that’s not good enough. One of the key findings to emerge from the hearing is that the Democrats own internal data showed their candidates also had a partisan advantage in some of the seats Republicans won. In other words, they expected to win those seats, and they only decided to raise concerns after their candidates lost. Maybe they should focus on recruiting better candidates and running better campaigns than fundamentally changing the state Constitution.
So because they didn’t win everything the lines are “unconstitutional.” Even though these lines were perfectly fine, according to the belligerent groups just two years ago. Indeed, Common Cause filed this case after the 2018 election, when Democrats failed to deploy resources or qualified candidates who could secure a majority.
Leading this charge nationwide is former Obama Administration Attorney General Eric Holder, part of a nationwide conspiracy of sorts to subvert the will of the voters through legal trickery rather than winning them over. Holder accomplishments include defending voter intimidation, racistly referring to blacks alone as “his people,” obstructing justice in the Fast and Furious scandal, refusing to prosecute financial crimes, and advocating politically motivated violence.
This is the guy who feels entitled to paint the whole country blue. Democrats like him will do anything to seize power — as long as that doesn’t require effectively running the cities and states they already control. That’s not as much fun as manipulating the justice system.
There aren’t any actual zombies in them, but the rot of big American cities is an ongoing and particularly troubling problem. Once sparkling, powerful cities no longer offer the promise of opportunity and upward mobility they once did. Voters, judges, and others in North Carolina need to reject these mad power grabs. Perhaps cities should be listening to suburban and rural America rather than the other way around.
Jared Whitley is a long-time politico who has worked in the U.S. Congress, White House, and defense industry. He is an award-winning writer, having won best blogger in the state from the Utah Society of Professional Journalists (2018) and best columnist from Best of the West (2016). He earned his MBA from Hult International Business School in Dubai. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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