The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy

Book - 2016
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With Barack Obama's historic election in 2008, pundits proclaimed the Republicans as dead as the Whigs of yesteryear. Yet even as Democrats swooned, a small cadre of Republican operatives, including Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, and Chris Jankowski began plotting their comeback with a simple yet ingenious plan. These men had devised a way to take a tradition of dirty tricks--known to political insiders as "ratf**king"--to a whole new, unprecedented level. Flooding state races with a gold rush of dark money made possible by Citizens United, the Republicans reshaped state legislatures, where the power to redistrict is held. Reconstructing this never- told-before story, David Daley examines the far-reaching effects of this so-called REDMAP program, which has radically altered America's electoral map and created a firewall in the House, insulating the party and its wealthy donors from popular democracy. Ratf**ked pulls back the curtain on one of the greatest heists in American political history.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W.W. Norton & Company, c2016
ISBN: 9781631491627
Branch Call Number: 328.73 Dale
Characteristics: xxviii, 257 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Rat fucked


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Nov 15, 2016

Once upon a time I would urge everyone to read this, but the fact that the author explains that the dems in congress he contacted and tried to contact were unconcerned, pretty much sums it up! I've thought much about this these past few years, and the glaring item which keeps shouting out is that those of us who are forever sounding the warning to the so-called democratic members of the so-called democratic party [we real progressives and radical progressives, that is] are too frequently sloughed off, ignored, trivialized - - while those supposedly // liberal \\ and // democrats \\ in power, aren't sounding any of the warnings they should be!
When was the last time you heard ANY so-called democratic politician or leader warn us about the end goal of the Koch brothers and their A.L.E.C. operation [American Legislative Exchange Council]: getting enough republicon governors to call a constitutional convention?
[Just two more, and they can do it!] NEVER, that I am aware of!
When was the last time you heard ANY so-called democratic politician or leader warn you that most of the so-called // content \\ one hears on NPR is Koch brothers-financed - - or that PBS and Frontline are entirely Koch brothers financed? NEVER, that I am aware of!
With the 2016 election, the Democratic Party [DNC] is dead - - either a new Progressive Party will be founded, or the rest of us [voting Green Party for many years is simply a useless endeavor] can roll over until the endgame. Good read, though.


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