Conservative justices decide courts cannot protect democracy from gerrymandering
Supreme Court says federal courts don’t have a role in deciding partisan gerrymandering claims
Liberal justices were not happy about this:
And we shouldn't be happy about it either. Effectively, SCOTUS decided that no one need protect democracy in the US. This decision goes right along with the sentiment behind Citizens United: Democracy doesn't matter, and whoever holds the power should continue to hold the power, the will of the people be damned.
So politicians will continue to be free to choose their electorate, rather than the electorate choosing their representatives. Politicians in the US need not even to represent the people, a reality now acknowledged, embraced, enshrined, and immortalized by SCOTUS.
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-says-federal-courts-dont-have-a-role-in-deciding-partisan-gerrymandering-claims/2019/06/27/2fe82340-93ab-11e9-b58a-a6a9afaa0e3e_story.html?amp;wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1 Supreme Court says federal courts don’t have a role in deciding partisan gerrymandering claimsThe Supreme Court’s conservatives decided Thursday that federal courts do not have a role to play in deciding whether partisan gerrymandering goes too far, giving a dominant political party in a state leeway to draw electoral maps that preserve or even expand its power.The action puts a stop to recent decisions by federal courts across the country that have found extreme partisan gerrymandering went so far as to violate the constitutional rights of voters.puts a stop to recent decisions by federal courts across the country that have found extreme partisan gerrymandering went so far as to violate the constitutional rights of voters.Justice Elena Kagan dissented for the court’s liberals. “For the first time ever, this court refuses to remedy a constitutional violation because it thinks the task beyond judicial capabilities,” she wrote.pretend