Saturday, December 03, 2005

Texas Redistricting Plan Approved - For Now

Cybercast News Service linked to an Enemy Press Washington Post (reg. req.) story concerning the famous Texas redistricting plan which led Democrats to flee the state to avoid doing their constitutional duty. "Justice Department lawyers concluded that the landmark Texas congressional redistricting plan spearheaded by Rep. Tom DeLay (R) violated the Voting Rights Act, according to a previously undisclosed memo obtained by The Washington Post. But senior officials overruled them and approved the plan. The memo, unanimously endorsed by six lawyers and two analysts in the department's voting section, said the redistricting plan illegally diluted black and Hispanic voting power in two congressional districts. It also said the plan eliminated several other districts in which minorities had a substantial, though not necessarily decisive, influence in elections." Later the story quotes Eric Holland of the Justice Department, "'The court ruled that, in fact, the new congressional plan created a sufficient number of safe minority districts given the demographics of the state and the requirements of the law.'"

Please tell us again how each race is supposed to be granted the rights to representation based on the color of skin? Where in the Constitution is the right for each ethnic group or skin color to be given a House or Senate seat? What happened to the colorblind society? Perhaps it's all just rhetoric.

As usual, those leading the opposition are Democrats. Are they really concerned about the supposed dilution of voting power, or are they just angry because power is shifting away from them in Texas? Let's take a look at one aspect of the case. "The complexity of the arguments surrounding the Voting Rights Act is evident in the Justice Department memo, which focused particular attention on seats held in 2003 by a white Democrat, Martin Frost, and a Hispanic Republican, Henry Bonilla. Voting data showed that Frost commanded great support from minority constituents, while Bonilla had relatively little support from Hispanics. The question to be considered by Justice Department lawyers was whether the new map was 'retrogressive,' because it diluted the power of minority voters to elect their candidate of choice. Under the adopted Texas plan, Frost's congressional district was dismantled, while the proportion of Hispanics in Bonilla's district dropped significantly. Those losses to black and Hispanic voters were not offset by other gains, the memo said."

Isn't that bizarre? The memo - which was secret by the way and was leaked, shall we have a Congressional investigation? - plainly states that the White candidate was the one preferred by minorities, and the Hispanic candidate was not. But please note that the White candidate was a Democrat and the Hispanic candidate was a Republican. Where is the vaunted claim that only non-whites can represent people of color? Nowhere, because it's about the Democrats loss of power, not concern for minority rights.

The colorblind society will never exist as long as the Democrat party exists. They claimed ownership of persons before, now they demand ownership of votes. It seems that America is turning away from them and they will do anything to regain control. The Republican party has done much to turn minority voters away during the last century, but Republicans were also the ones who championed the Civil Rights movement while hooded Democrats in West Virginia fought against it. Look up "Dixiecrat" and "Jim Crow." The party of freedom needs to continue to show that it accepts and desires all people from every ethnic group and skin color to join and help build a strong America. Set asides and safe districts are not the answer, ridding our polity of those who use race as a wedge to gain power is.

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