Thank you for the right-on rant, Mr. Green.
And while I've been stating for some time that these creeps win through various forms of cheating, I had no idea that the results of gerrymandering were THIS high:
"But – under the guidance of that great friend to democracy, Karl Rove – Republicans raised the practice to a fine art and precise science following the Democratic wipe-out of 2010, in which the GOP picked up 675 state legislative seats across the country, giving them control of the legislative bodies doing the redistricting for states that account for forty percent of seats in the House of Representatives. The result was that they created a 33 seat majority in the House in 2012, despite actually losing the combined national popular vote for all House seats. Nice trick if you can pull it off. Unless, of course, you happen to give a damn about that whole democracy thing."
Few people in this forum understand the network of think tanks (or who funds them) and how influential they are over U.S. policy.
It wasn't just the Koch Brothers' who funded these entities. They brought all sorts of billionaires together to do the following:
"Hayek, who was then teaching at the London School of Economics, told him that for people of their beliefs getting into politics was futile. Politicians were prisoners of conventional wisdom, in Hayek's view. They would have to change how politicians thought if they wanted to implement what were then considered outlandish free-market ideas. To do that would require an ambitious and somewhat disingenuous public relations campaign. The way to do this, Hayek told Fisher was to first start "a scholarly institute" that would wage a "battle of ideas." If Fisher succeeded, Hayek told him, he would change the course of history."
(page 79-80 from "Dark Money" by Jane Mayer)
The Conservative-Republican-Libertarian takeover of our nation's courts, media, academe, and political discourse (and actuality) was done by stealth over decades.
Money was only part of the calculus.