The REAL Voter Fraud Fraud

The above graphic that shows how you could divide 50 voters and how Gerrymandering works.

The real voter fraud in this country is not what it has been called. There may be a few people here and there, but it is NOTHING compared to the fraud perpetrated against people of color in conservative states that have done massive GERRYMANDERING to make sure many people do NOT get fair representation in the US House of Representatives, for sure. It is harder to mess with the US Senate representation. What is GERRYMANDERING? This is definition is from the Oxford Dictionary:

“To manipulate the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class.”

“Word Origin:
It was early 19th century: from the name of Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts + salamander, from the supposed similarity between a salamander and the shape of a new voting district on a map drawn when he was in office (1812), the creation of which was felt to favor his party: the map (with claws, wings, and fangs added), was published in the Boston Weekly Messenger, with the title The Gerry-Mander.”

The claims of so called voter fraud by President Trump that have not ever been actually proven in ANY STATE, have set off a flurry of activity in many conservative state houses to make it harder for legitimate older, poorer voters to meet the requirements, so that they may become disenfranchised from being able to vote at all.

One state where I witnessed gerrymandering happening as a perfect example: the state of North Carolina. After the 2010 census, The Republicans in the state house in North Carolina ensured that Republicans took the state House, Senate, and Governorship in the year 2012 because they changed the boundaries in 2010 of the districts that normally voted for Democrats. (See the above graphic for how they did this.) This was ALSO done back in the times after the Civil War (after 1865). It was called: “Negative racial gerrymandering” which refers to a process in which district lines are drawn to prevent racial minorities from electing their preferred candidates or political parties. Thus, the Democrats lost because the people in those districts lost their Democratic representation in their own state and in the US House of Representatives. This is the REAL VOTER FRAUD.

This is a map that shows how states in the USA redistrict after a census every 10 years. The state of North Carolina is one of the states where the state legislature does the redistricting. There are many other states that redistrict like North Carolina does. How many of those other states perpetrate voter fraud to get the party in that is the same as their own by gerrymandering when they redistrict, and in doing so screw over voters?

https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?p=Map+of+USA+about+redistricting&fr=yhs-adk-adk_sbnt&hspart=adk&hsimp=yhs-adk_sbnt&imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fs3.amazonaws.com%2Fdk-production%2Fimages%2F46621%2Flarge%2Fredistricting.jpg%3F1377795315#id=0&iurl=http%3A%2F%2Fs3.amazonaws.com%2Fdk-production%2Fimages%2F46621%2Flarge%2Fredistricting.jpg%3F1377795315&action=click

Another way to make it harder for older, and poorer Americans to vote is the latest kind of voter blocking. On March 9, 2017, npr.org did a story about this on Morning Edition. The story is called “More States Propose Voter ID Laws”
http://www.npr.org/programs/morning-edition/

Another piece of this unfair, fraud-ladened pie that I am updating this blog with has to do with the high number of polling places that were closed in southern and Republican leaning states which make it harder for poorer and older Americans to get to. This was published before the 2016 election. The mean-spirited, obvious disenfranchising many people to make it difficult for them to vote is appalling. Here is that story.

https://latest.com/2016/11/more-than-800-polling-places-close-in-the-south-after-voting-rights-act-ruling/

Again how many people of color, older, and poorer Americans would these Voter ID laws affect whether many Americans can even vote or NOT? How many legitimate, legal Americans would be kept from voting because we make registration and voting so difficult? The irrational FEAR that a few people may be perpetrating fraud does not warrant these extreme measures. For this American, the fact that certain states want to make it harder for all legitimate voters to vote, is the REAL VOTER FRAUD FRAUD.

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Love is Love

light on Spencer's Butte

My Source

My Source is loving. It brings love and light to this world. I believe the open, loving heart is what my source wants for all of us. Love expands me and gives all of us new possibilities.

“We are born to love.  Love is our mother.”   – Rumi

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The open, loving heart

Looking back history through, I ruminate and see where love overcame adversity or hate.

*     When slavery ended after the Civil War after years of the bloodiest war this country has ever known, love conquered hate. Humanity won. Slavery was a crime against humanity. I feel we Americans have still not talked about even this war, and there is still residue from it.

*   The 13th, 14th, and 15 Amendments to the Constitution assured slavery would end, and the rights and privileges for all Americans, no matter what race they were should be granted.

*  The 19th Amendment to the Constitution granted women the right to vote in

*     When the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968 as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 ended discrimination of ALL people of color in the USA. Love and humanity in this country expanded for all.

*    The U. S. Supreme Court made interracial marriage legal everywhere in the USA on June 12, 1967 with the Loving vs Virginia case.

*    The U. S. Supreme Court made marriage possible for LGBT people June 26, 2015.

In every case, I feel love has reigned supreme. Humanity in this country was trying to take a step forward. There were also periods of resistance, when those who did not agree with the Amendments balked from the law of the land. The Jim Crow Laws in the South and elsewhere practically negated the 13th, 14th and 15 Amendments for a years.   Change is challenging.

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Dogwood flowers

I wish for my heart to remain open like the Dogwood flower. I wish for my heart to continue to embrace all people.  Do I have a right to tell another human being who he or she should love? That is very personal. I feel that is NOT my RIGHT. I would be infringing on another person’s personal freedom if I dictate to him/her the most personal thing in his/her life. Besides, is that person personally hurting or injuring me by what he/she feels and who he/she loves? NO. I do NOT know what is in another person’s heart. They love who they love. I feel it is NOT my business to interfere with who they love.

Who am I to judge what they feel and experience?

 

 

 

 

 

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When Pigs Have Flown?

When Have Pigs Flown?

The idiomatic expression: “When pigs fly” has been around since the 1600s and implies sarcastically that something is NOT possible. I want to turn that expression on its head and suggest that there have been times when pigs have flown.

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Flying Pig

Certain events in American history since the 1800s have had  profound effects on beginning to transform many of us humans to become more humane and respectful towards each other. We still have a ways to go.

1. When slavery ended in 1865 in the USA

2. When women suffrage made it possible for women to vote in 1919

3. When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed

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another flying pig

It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like air: we all have it or none of us has it. This is the truth of it.”    – Maya Angelou

4. When the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed and then was renewed in  2013.

5. When in 1969 man landed on the moon and all of us humans could see the earth as one planet with NO boundaries.

6. When in 1967 interracial marriage was legalized everywhere in the USA.

7. The beginning of this millennium there was conclusive DNA evidence that ALL humans originated in Africa and that we are ONE human family.

One of the important geneticists who worked on establishing this evidence was Dr. Spencer Wells, who gave a TED talk on this subject:

www.ted.com/talks/spencer_wells_is_building_a_family_tree_for_all_humanity

Optimism about these bills and this knowledge we’ve gain when “pigs have flown”  is all good and are nice concepts in our heads. However,  it is up to you and me to search my own and your own heart to fully manifest these “when pigs have flown” events in my own and your own daily actions towards all people. Our government  and all the laws we pass won’t save us or make us behave better towards each other.

“A little less complaint and whining and a little more dogged work and manly striving, would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills.” 

W. E. B. Dubois

What is your pigs have flown list?

 

 

 

 

 

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