So, not to belabor the point, but that is just a stupid idea on so many levels it boggles the mind why anyone would subject an otherwise functioning municipality to it.
To start with, it begs the question of what other special districts we need. We obviously need a majority Black district and a majority Latino district, because if we are artificially inflating representation without regard to population I’d rather start there. Then we also need to bear in mind that the sexes are not equally represented, so let’s make a rule that at least 40% of our representatives locally have to be Women at least half of the time. That way we can also beef up representation of the gender-obtuse in our community. Frankly there seem to be a lot more of those than Republicans. Can we make a gay district as well? How about a communist district? Those poor bastards never catch a break, but they are out there, and they have needs too. We should make them feel like they have a voice. Because isn’t this what breaking a small city up into districts is about, giving everyone who can claim to be a member of an under-represented constituency a voice in local government?
If we really want to get fancy, what we should do is just alternate elections. This year us, next time only Republicans get to even run. If you think about it, that would fix a lot of problems on a national scale too, as far as the gerrymandering and incumbency issues. I’d like to see some fresh faces, and occasional progressive Democrats would bring a nice change to places like Texas.
But do you know why we don’t do that? Because it usurps the will of a clear majority of the people. It is anti-democracy at work. It is anathema to the very idea of a free democratic republic ruled by majority vote.
I came here from Georgia, where Democrats are few and far between, and mostly in drag as conservatives. I know the pain of never, ever having my side or even a loose interpretation of my side win. I came to Asheville in part specifically because it is a liberal town.
If people of a more conservative sensibility feel that they can’t deal with the liberal nature of Asheville, my opinion is that they do what I did, and what the rest of America is currently doing at a rapid pace. I got the hell out of Georgia as soon as I could afford it.
Because that is how it has happened for thousands of years. I’ll be back with more on that.