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Republicans have continuously attempted to describe America as a Center Right country. Unfortunately most of the media have bought into this fallacy as well. This false sense of reality has consequences. It skews the daily news narrative and with that legislation.

Why are Republicans driving that narrative? It has everything to do with human psychology. Peer pressure tend to make people do things they know isn’t right. It makes them at times even vote against their own interest or support detrimental policies because they think if most people are supporting those policies, they must get on that bandwagon. It is the action of the herd, the herd mentality.

So how can Republicans say the country is Center Right with a straight face? According to a Gallup poll, 40% of Americans are self-described Conservatives, 35% Moderate, and 21% Liberal. Those numbers do seem to say Center Right. But how did that really happen? It is simple. The GOP had an all-out assault on the word “Liberal” and only the most mentally strong will admit in any poll to be Liberal.

What is important is not what people say they are, but to analyze what they believe in. Read the article “America Is A Center Left Country While American Voters Are Center Right”. The fact that Americans love their government provided entitlements like Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Compensation, and Educational Financial Aid is proof positive. The fact that Americans are rather sexually liberated is proof positive. The fact that Americans support liberal social policies like gay marriage, single parent adoption, gays in the military, etc. is proof positive. One could go on and on.

Americans, even with their vote have shown an inclination to vote Liberal. After all, Democrats won the popular vote 5 out of the last six elections by substantial margins.

What is sad is that over the years, Republicans have been undemocratically using the demographic maps to cluster Democratic voters in such a manner that Republicans are vastly overrepresented in both State Houses and Congress. This is political theft.

For all those that believe in the infallibility of the US Constitution, this should be a wakeup call. Republicans are not doing anything illegal. They are simply using yet another defect in the constitution to ensure its original intent, that only a select few are entitled to have their vote counted.


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  •  REC this. It answers a burning question (11+ / 0-)

    How is it that states that vote DEM for PRES end up with GOP controlled legislatures?

    Gerrymandering.

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 07:52:03 AM PST

  •  You snooze, you lose ... and (14+ / 0-)

    the Democrats snoozed big time in 2010.  And they'll pay for it for the next decade.

  •  Tearing my hair out: 2010 ! (11+ / 0-)

    We Michiganders did it to ourselves.  Gave the GOP the loaded gun, and said, "whatever".  Next time a buddy says, "Oh, all politicians are the same", just slap him.

  •  Oh Goodness, (4+ / 0-)

    I love that woman!

    I can see fifty yrs. on this planet, just around the corner. Please GOP, don't mess it up for me.....

    by secret38b on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:01:28 AM PST

  •  How did all these formerly blue states get (5+ / 0-)

    taken over the the radical GOP?

    Lies and money. Democrats lost the messaging and the money battles except with the Senate and Presidency.

    We need to fight back with grass roots organizing. Join you local democratic or activist group and out organize the bastards.

    "We must be the change we wish to see in the world" - Gandhi
    "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little" – FDR

    by smokey545 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:01:41 AM PST

    •  With the House, and state legislatures, messaging (0+ / 0-)

      comes back to the money.  Senators are better known.  It's harder to lie about them, distort their record, and portray them in twisted, inaccurate ways.  State legislators, and even US  Representatives, are easier to smear -- and the money is what lets you do that.

      So we can glory in the fact that people like Sherrod Brown won despite huge buckets of money being poured into defeating them.  But we have to realize it doesn't always work that way, and we still need to get rid of Citizens United.

      Obama is a special case.  He was outspent, but he still had a lot of money.  And he had created a unique campaign organization that accomplished more than I, at least, had hoped for.  Plus, he spoke to the American people in a way the Republican candidate simply couldn't.

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 12:19:48 PM PST

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  •  i was hoping someone would diary this, thanks. (8+ / 0-)

    I had a very sickening feeling when i was watching Rachels report. I fear more 'Michigans' in the next two years with what, 31 Republican governorships. Yikes.

    'Well-behaved women seldom make history” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    by dear occupant on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:10:50 AM PST

  •  Rachel left out the most important factor. (1+ / 0-)
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    vmckimmey

    Disparities between aggregate voting by party across a state Vs the party of elected representatives occurs when one party wins its district elections with far above 50% of the vote while the other party wins its districts with close to 50% in the districts they win.

    Across the US, the majority of African Americans and Latinos live in majority minority communities, at the same time these groups overwhelmingly vote for Democrats.  This is likely the greatest factor in explaining what Rachel observes.

    If Democrats want to have their share of elected reps better match their share of the vote, supporting majority minority districting needs to not only be dropped, but support redistricting allocating more of these dedicated Democrats to adjoining communities that could have competitive districts.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:19:45 AM PST

    •  I'm not sure I understand what you are proposing (2+ / 0-)
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      LilithGardener, AnnieR

      I think DEMS need to GOTV 24/7

      Get more DEMS to vote in every election.

      Secure the vote, make sure all votes are counted.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:23:22 AM PST

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      •  Biggest reason fewer Dems Reps are elected (0+ / 0-)

        than their share of voters in a state is due to the geographic concentration of reliable Democratic voters, especially African Americans and Latinos.  Winning districts with far above 50% of the vote due to district demographics, when the other party wins with close to 50% of the vote means under representations will occur.

        Having a policy of majority minority districts increases this problem for Democrats.

        The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

        by nextstep on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 09:23:05 AM PST

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  •  Districts Rigged (5+ / 0-)

    South Carolina has only one Democratic Congressman out of seven, but over 40% of the State wanted a Democratic Congressman.

    William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com

    by wjhamilton29464 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:56:59 AM PST

  •  Tin Foil Hat (3+ / 0-)
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    phonegery, AnnieR, JG in MD

    Voter suppression, Voter ID, Gerrymandering, the plan to award Electoral College Votes by Congressional Districts.  Americans for Progress, ALEC. Election Fraud.

    Who is driving this bus?  It is all coordinated. The Kock Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Carl Rove? The Republican Party. Isn't it time for someone (media, candidate) on a national basis to connect the dots and isn't it time for all of us to organize to support election reform, redistricting reform and exposing cheaters and putting these criminals in jail instead of office?

    “It's a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead - and find no one there” ---Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by vmckimmey on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 09:38:12 AM PST

  •  I watch TRMS as much as I can (2+ / 0-)
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    LinSea, JG in MD

    and last night was truly depressing. Rachel was terrific as usual in shining a spotlight on an important issue.

    The abuse of power by elected state GOP officials to rig electoral districts to maximize their political gains and greatly minimizing the actual preference for Democratic legislators.

    In my mind, this is the thinking behind a desperate party worried about their long term electoral relevance and survival given the demographic changes in this country.

    So, in the short and maybe medium term, they can impact the results in federal and state elections but over the long term, they will not be able to do what they are currently doing.

    For most fair minded people, this is simply egregious behavior and hopefully, the GOP will face their day of judgement. Cheaters, liars and thieves. Is that who we want leading this country?

    It takes time to practice generosity, but being generous is the best use of our time. - Thich Nhat Hanh.

    by Frank In WA on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 10:01:55 AM PST

    •  Day of Judgement (0+ / 0-)

      My fear is that they can ruin us with the laws they pass before we can do anything about it.

      Two years from now is the next election. It gives them 24 months to do as they please and tie democracy in knots.

      It takes us 1,000 lbs of effort to fight what they can do by shaking out a 5-lb bag.

      Time & effort are on their side. What's our week-to-week plan for the next 24 months?

      I suddenly started a blog. http://jglookups.blogspot.com/.

      by JG in MD on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 12:31:05 PM PST

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  •  Here is another aspect to the 2010 election (0+ / 0-)

    The dastardly deed is already done by the states that have all Republican governments (Republican majority in the legislature and Republican Governor). In sequence this is what happened. After Barack Obama was elected the Republicans decided to move their resources to concentrate on control over as many states as possible. Why? Because they were well aware that the national census was coming up in 2010 coincident with the next election cycle. Untimately the Republican plan (in addition to stonewalling Barack Obama) was to secure a majority of seats in the House of Representatives for YEARS TO COME.

    Here are the facts that drove their decision:
    (a) Under federal law a national census is taken every 10 years, specifically on those years ending in zero, in this case 2010.
    (b) Federal law also requires that Congressional redistricting be done to reapportion the number of seats in the House of Representatives allocated to that state based upon the census data for the state's population distribution.
    (c) Obviously the political party in control of the state legislature and the Governor's chair will be in charge of drawing up the lines for any new Congressional districts, and therefore will be able to provide an advantage in securing the most seats out of the total allocated to the state.

    The Main Stream Media was so obsessed with the number of Tea Party candidates running for federal office that they paid little or no attention to the local state elections for the legislature and the Governorships. The Republican were successful in securing gains in the 2010 election. Of the 435 House seats, 195 seats were in districts redrawn by states having total Republican control over both the legislature and the Governor's chair. These lines have been drawn and many House Democrats found themselves running against fellow Democrats in the recent 2012 election.

    The Michigan example that Rachael Maddow showed could only be described as Gerrymandering on steroids. The shocking example of two districts with almost EQUALl population wherein the heavily Republican district will send 9 Representatives to Washington compared to 3 sent from the heavily Democrat district. This Gerrymanded configuration is already in place for the 2014 election, which means that the House will remain strongly under the control of the Republican Party.

    Therefore those people who are under the illusion that more GOTV will solve the Republican's Gerrymandering problem in 2014 need to GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD. These configurations are now in place and can only be changed by a Court Order or a new non-census redistricting plan. The non-census redistricting is highly unlikely as it would require the Democrats taking over the  legislature and the Governor's office in that particular state, and then attempting to redraw the districts. Not impossible but highly unlikely. IMHO the best course is to have these recent Gerrymanded districts struck down by the courts. Any other ideas for solving this problem??

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