Washington warned the nation about the danger of political parties, which he feared would “subvert the power of the people” and “usurp for themselves the reins of government.”
That danger is manifest today in people such as former state senator Dean Kruse, who justifies gerrymandering by the ignoble principle that “to the victor belongs the spoils.”
Gerrymandering is all about how a party can usurp for itself the reins of government. There are many reasons why a party wins an election, but gerrymandered districts should never be one of them.
Washington would commend The News-Sentinel for putting the people and the republic above the parties.