You are here

The Supreme Court's Message: Win or Go Home

 / J. Scott Applewhite / AP

In a pair of rulings on partisan gerrymandering and the census, Chief Justice John Roberts enshrined the nation’s modern form of winner-take-all politics into law.

Russell Berman, the Atlantic

Jun 27, 2019 | The words to the victor go the spoils never appear in a pair of major Supreme Court decisions that Chief Justice John Roberts delivered today, but they might as well have.

The Supreme Court Finds North Carolina's Racial Gerrymandering Unconstitutional
 22, 2017 | The justices end a six-year fight over 2011 congressional maps that diluted black voting strength in the state.

By upholding partisan gerrymandering in virtually any instance that does not involve racial discrimination, the Supreme Court enshrined the nation’s modern form of winner-take-all politics into law today. Roberts, writing for the Court’s 5–4 conservative majority, declared that the federal courts would not referee political disputes over the drawing of election districts, essentially giving both Republicans and Democrats a free hand to create maps that could keep themselves in power. “Partisan gerrymandering claims,” the Court held, “present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts.” / Russell Berman is a staff writer at the Atlantic, where he covers politics.

Full story …



A Revolution of Democracy, Rivera Sun, Dandelion Salad / Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

  • An effort that seeks … a profound re-envisioning in the ways we make every decision in our lives is nothing short of a revolution. We must gird ourselves for the struggle if we ever wish to see government of, by, and for the people, all of us, together.
  • Related: Special Report | The Worst Part About Election Day- The Voters Lose
  • Related: A Call For An American Mass Uprising is blocking our site < Please use the social media sharing buttons (below) to share this on your social media and help us break through.