Losing Under the Peace of Family Liberation

Legislature sticks with plan: Judge had ruled redrawn districts violate rights,” by Terry Woster, Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 12 July 2005, http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050712/NEWS/507120343/1001.

Near the end of an article on the ACLU trying to jerrymander electoral districts…

State lawyers argued in Schreier’s court that an essentially packed district is necessary in Indian Country in South Dakota to ensure the minority voice will be heard. The Lakota have a lower voting-age population and turn out to vote in smaller numbers than does the non-Indian population, the state argued.

Sound familiar?

During a violent insurgency, protecting human rights comes first. The solution may be family liberation — the government stepping in and easing the tribal and horizontal controls that “chain” individuals to the violent networks.

Family liberation can make even fearsome enemies like the Lakota — who slaughtered Custer’s American boys and their Blackfeet allies — into pacified minorities who don’t even bother to win political elections.

There’s a word for people who don’t try to win: losers.

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