Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Texas’ congressional maps. A three-judge panel previously ruled that Texas lawmakers discriminated against black and Hispanic voters when they drew the maps in our state.
When I see a map like ours in TX-02, it tells me plain and simple that our politicians believe that redistricting is all about politicians choosing their voters, instead of voters choosing our politicians.
I believe that’s flat out wrong.
If we want to see what’s broken with our country right now, why our political discourse has wilted and died on the vine, we need look no further than the maps of the various districts in which we live.
We the voters should choose our politicians, and not the other way around.
Districts like TX-02 are meant to discourage and disenfranchise us, to tell us and our friends and families that our participation, and our votes, don’t matter.
To be clear, both sides of the aisle have engaged in this purely partisan exercise. In fact, you often hear things like, “To the victor goes the spoils,” or “It’s a zero-sum game,” when looking for rationales behind it.
But what happens when it’s not merely the outcome of an election at stake, but rather the health and vitality of America’s civil discourse and our very democracy?
I was proud to receive the endorsement of the Houston Chronicle in the race for the Democratic nomination. The Chronicle noted my ability and willingness to fight for the issues affecting our community like education, health care, flooding, and infrastructure. It also noted that I’m not the typical political candidate who speaks in “Republican or Democratic soundbites, Litton speaks the language of Houston.”
Our community is one that works together, one that believes in building together to get things done rather than scoring partisan political points.
We cannot let America be held hostage by politicians interested only in getting themselves re-elected. We have to send a message that gerrymandering is toxic to our democracy, that there’s a better way forward, a Houston way forward, but we need your help to do it.
Will you contribute to our fight against corrosive partisanship? Will you help us bring a Houston way of doing things to D.C.?
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