Obama Delivers New Years Eve Rallying-Cry To America

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President Barack Obama understands our dilemma. It has been a hard road since 2016 with the chaotic ex-president raging all the time and then a world-wide pandemic. We have 824,000-plus deaths and counting, according to the Google Statistics. Of course, it is natural to be “feeling discouraged about our democracy,” Obama tells us. Because, we saw the January 6 failed bloody coup with our own eyes. As we speak, those committed to a dictatorship are busy trying to stack the states’ voting officials with their own minions, and, as The New York Times reported:

‘Every 10 years, each state in the U.S. is required to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts in a process known as redistricting.’

But fear no more. President Barack Obama has just tweeted Americans of all stripes and colors a path forward. He pointed to Michigan, because it “took politics out of the redistricting process.” The days of gerrymandering districts into shapes reminiscent of the strange creatures living in the deepest oceans are ending. Here is the evidence, straight from President Obama, someone we can trust:

If you’re feeling discouraged about our democracy, read this article about how citizens in Michigan took politics out of the redistricting process. It’s why the work @EricHolder and the @DemRedistrict are doing to fight gerrymandering is so important.’

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After ten years, Michigan members of the GOP have lost their weird gerrymandering power. Instead, the citizens in Michigan created an independent commission to draw up the districts this time around. Its assignment was to create a thoroughly “overall partisan makeup.” Now, Democrats will be more likely to take its State Senate, which it has not done since 1984:

‘[The] hyperpartisan extreme gerrymandering that has swept much of the country, exacerbating political polarization — and it may highlight a potential path to undoing such gerrymandering.’

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‘[See the] jump-ball map. There’s a lot of competition in this map, which is what you would expect in a state like Michigan.’

Detroit will go from five State Senators to nine. The State House delegation will increase to 15 representatives from just nine:

‘But local Black elected officials and civil rights groups contend that while the intention may have been noble, the result actually dilutes Black voting strength, not only in general elections but also in primaries, in which elections for Black legislators are almost always decided.’

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State Senator Adam Hollier from the Detroit area said:

‘The goal of creating partisan fairness cannot so negatively impact Black communities as to erase us from the space/ They think that they are unpacking, because that is the narrative that they hear from across the country, without looking at what that means in the city of Detroit.’

Republicans were also discussing possible challenges to the new maps. Michigan GOP spokesperson Gustavo Portela released a statement that read:

‘We are evaluating all options to take steps necessary to defend the voices silenced by this commission.’

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Of course, the Republican elected officials dd not like the new. gerrymandering system. It is fair.


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