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Federal decision favoring district voting a travesty

In my position as chairman of the Fayette County Republican Party, I have been asked what my opinion is on the recent federal court ruling on district voting. I believe that it is travesty of justice.

I know that some readers would suggest that I obviously take that position because I am white and a Republican. However, such a suggestion is as mistaken and misguided as the recent letter submitted by Mr. John Jones in defense of the Fayette NAACP.

One of the main reasons that I am a Republican is because I was sickened by the segregation policies and Jim Crow laws enacted by the leaders of the Democratic Party. Such Democratic governors as George Wallace, Lester Maddox, and Orval Faubus serve as poster boys for those desiring to deprive black people of their civil rights, including the right to vote.

I am a Republican because I believe that one should not be denied the right to vote because of the color of his skin, and that America is still the land of opportunity for people of all races, the very principles Frederick Douglass espoused and for which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life.

There are several reasons why the recent opinion was wrongly decided. One of these is that, contrary to Mr. Jones’ opinion, district voting actually dilutes one’s voting power.

Instead of being able to cast a vote in the election of every commissioner, now a person would only be able to do so in one of five.

In addition, to create a minority-majority district, the court was required to engage in probably one of the worst cases of obscene gerrymandering in our country’s history.

The main reason the opinion was wrongly decided was that the record was devoid of any evidence of racial bigotry by the white voters of Fayette County.

The fact that in a conservative county like Fayette County a liberal would have a difficult, if not impossible, time getting elected should come as no surprise regardless if that person is black, white, or brown.

In fact, the record clearly showed that relatively few black candidates even attempted to run for office on a county-wide basis.

Moreover, the record is devoid of any evidence that those predominantly black neighborhoods received less consideration from the County Commission or that the services they received were any way inferior to those provided to all neighborhoods within the county.

Does this suggest that that there are no racists in Fayette County? Of course not. Unfortunately, there are ignorant people everywhere.

But whereas I am against bigotry of all kinds, the NAACP doesn’t seem to care about black bigotry. When they say in their lawsuit that they “want a candidate of their own,” what they are really saying is, “we don’t want a white candidate.”

This is further reinforced by the NAACP’s recent unconscionable demand that no acting incumbents be allowed to participate in a special election to be held in the newly formed district. And yet Mr. Jones has the audacity to wonder why people view the NAACP as divisive?

For all of Mr. Jones’ rhetoric, it is clear that the NAACP is more concerned with pushing a political agenda than “lovingly helping those who are blind to racism.”

When conservative blacks rise from poor and humble beginnings to positions of prominence, like Clarence Thomas, Dr. Ben Carson and Condoleezza Rice, they should be looked upon with pride and deemed role models.

Instead, Democratic leaders, like Reverends Jackson and Sharpton, embarrassingly denigrate their accomplishments by calling them “Uncle Toms” and other racially derogatory terms.

Where, Mr. Jones, is the NAACP condemnation of such racial insults?

You claim that the NAACP is needed to expose hidden discrimination. I guess your organization has no problem with open and notorious racial intolerance.

Such silence indicates that the NAACP is not really interested in the advancement of all black people — only non-conservative blacks that share their liberal political agenda.

In its lawsuit the NAACP argued that Fayette County is the only metro-Atlanta County to have at-large voting instead of district voting. That fact certainly doesn’t support their position.

On the contrary, in comparison to surrounding counties Fayette County has lower crime, lower taxes, better schools and quicker response times by emergency services. It is no wonder that even Mr. Jones admits that Fayette County is “a great place to live and raise a family.”

Now, as a result of the NAACP lawsuit, I fear districts will start making decisions based on their own political self-interests and not the county as a whole.

If this were to happen, Fayette County would no longer be such a great place to live.

Scott Fabricius, chairman
Fayette County Republican Party
Fayetteville, Ga.



Mr. Fabricius voices the majority opinion about the obvious unfairness of a contrived gerrymandered district created solely to ensure a specific elective outcome. However, his argument that diffuse democracy trumps district representation runs counter to Madison and Hamilton’s fear of minority persecution by the majority. The U.S. Constitution goes to great lengths to prevent exactly what the Fayette County Republican Chairman is proposing by specifically creating district (state) representation that could not be overwhelmed by a majority of all voters. Thus Georgia and Delaware are represented equally in the Senate despite huge population differences. If Mr. Fabricius’ strategy was adopted nationwide, Republicans would hold few offices since the overall majority of American voters (who are clearly not Republican) would select all officials instead of allowing each state to elect their own district representatives.

Objections to gerrymandering for a specific electoral outcome are very consistent with the Constitution, but the elimination of district voting is exactly what Madison feared and what national Republicans should eschew as well.

PTC Observer's picture

Under the Constitution that Mr. Madison and Mr. Hamilton envisioned, Senators were elected by the legislature of each state. The legislature was elected by local citizens that actually knew each other and were very particular about who they sent to the legislature. Senators were very sensitive about what the citizens of their state wanted.

The Seventeenth Amendment changed this and we now have Senators more interested in running for President and national office than addressing the needs of their local state citizens. They are "national" Senators that send loads of money to whoever might get them elected, no matter what state their in. You need lots of money to do this. So, the Progressives didn't stop with this amendment they also passed the Sixteenth Amendment which of course gave us a bankrupt country and the income tax. They also created the Fed, great move. Knowing a whole bunch about social engineering the Progressives also passed the the 18th Amendment, just to make certain we were all protected from ourselves.

Yes, the Progressive (read socialist) Era brought us all kinds of "useful" central government stuff. Don't get me started about Mr. Roosevelt, who expanded the power of government beyond all original recognition. Why the government was just about to get totally out of control before the Supremes stepped in and held much of what Mr. Roosevelt did as unconstitutional. Not letting a thing like the Courts get in his way, Mr. Roosevelt attempted to pack the court. Luckily he died in office.

Now of course we are in a New Progressive Era, one that only people of "vision" can understand. Why the affordable health care act is just the start of all the great things the New Progressives will usher in. They just need all our money to do it.

As far as the county district voting issue, it doesn't matter one wit.

Citizen Bob's picture

...also consider at the national and state levels that there is a separation of legislative & executive powers that doesn't exist at the much smaller county level. Here, of course, the BOC and BOE exercise legislative authority when they propose tax rates, expenditures, and planning & zoning changes, and educational policies, then go on to exercise executive authority when they also approve those same proposals.

I believe it makes perfect sense for all voters impacted by those executive approvals to have a voice in those executives' election.

R.J. Ross

Then perhaps we need a hybrid model that allows for a few at large commissioners along with the majority of district commissioners. Keep in mind that the U.S. Constitution elects even the President by electoral college instead of simple majority in order to ensure protection to the small states. (Obviously, this was the only reason that George Bush won his first term against Al Gore.) I'm not so concerned about placating the NAACP on this one, but, like Madison, I am very concerned about any arrangement that silences a minority.

mudcat's picture

While everything you said is perfectly true and accurate and it also echos my own beliefs, I think that putting the Republican Party label on those ideas is a serious problem. Again, no dissent with the views/opinions, but think about it from a political agnostic's point of view.

The Democrats try very hard to make Republican's racist, homophobic and anti-women/abortion. When you attack their stupid and silly positions directly (as I do) it feels good and reduces them to the dopes that they are. But when you do the same thing and put the Republican Party label on it, the Dems are empowered as an entire party - meaning the Democrat Party and they then have the right to attack the whole universe of non-Dems as being anti-everything that is on their agenda.

A better way would be to diss them as an individual and keep your Republican Party affiliation under wraps. It would also get more Republicans elected.

I despise these anti-American Progressives with every bone in my body, I want them defeated and out of office or any position of power and I believe he best way to do this is as a bunch of Liberterian individuals - not the Republican Party. Yea, I know, fund raising, etc. BS.

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