The Supreme Court supposedly exists to ensure that the exercise of political power is constrained by principles embedded in the Constitution. Yet we now have a court deciding that it has no role to play in seeing that the gerrymandering of electoral districts practiced by state governments is subject to such constraint. Never mind that gerrymandering typically results in a clear “injustice” (Justice Roberts’ own word) in the way it redistributes political power. Or that it accomplishes this by giving greater weight to some votes than to others — blatantly violating the equal protection clause in the 14th Amendment. Principles be damned, in other words. Let political power have its way, unconstrained.
TOP STORIES FROM THE GAZETTE
- Iowa State finds 66 students with COVID-19 upon move-in
- Missouri Valley Football Conference to cancel 2020 fall season
- $21 million in COVID-19 aid goes toward Iowa computer system
- Jerry Burns sentenced to life for killing Michelle Martinko in 1979
- Iowa wide receiver Oliver Martin back in the transfer portal
- $26 million coming Iowa student internet connections