chapter  5
Behind Closed Doors: The Recurring Plague of Redistricting
Pages 15

Since early 2001, a great tragedy has been occurring in American politics. It has been happening quietly, for the most part behind closed doors, and with minimal public input or oversight. The net result of this tragedy will be that most voters will have their vote rendered near meaningless, almost as if it had been stolen from them. Yet the stealing will have happened without a gun or a holdup, it’s more like a silent burglar in the middle of the night, having his way, while American voters sleep. As a result of the theft, hallowed notions like “no taxation without representation” and “one person, one vote” will be drained of their vitality, reduced to empty slogans for armchair patriots. And it is all legal.