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And why you need to be alert while your state redraws congressional districts next year in response to the census.Why bother stuffing ballots when you can just draw districts to ensure your re-election? The new documentary Gerrymandering exposes what executive producer Bill Mundell calls “the most effective form of manipulating elections short of outright fraud.”Mundell sat down with Reason.tv’s Tim Cavanaugh to talk about the new documentary, the consequences of political redistricting, and what can be done to un-rig elections.

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Sarah Palin told supporters Monday they couldn’t “party like it’s 1773” until Washington was flooded with like-minded conservatives. Intellectually “superior” leftards from Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas to PBS moderator Obama cheerleader Gwen Ifill took to Twitter to snicker about Palin’s historical illiteracy never taking the time to google “party+1773” and find the 4,240,000 results referencing the Boston Tea Party.

Christine O’Donnell is getting a massive amount of attention today because during a debate with Chris Coons, she asked: “Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” He replied fairly well quoting the non-establishment phrase which is not the question she asked. When pressed further the “bearded Marxist” could not list the freedoms contained in the First Amendment. The religion clause reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The “separation of church and state” is a doctrine first referenced by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptists Association in 1802. In Jefferson’s letter, he was reassuring the Baptists of Danbury that their religious freedom would remain protected – a promise that no possible religious majority would be able to force out a smaller church. The worst part of this was the students at Widener University Law School laughed at her question. How can you be in Law School and quite obviously not have read the constitution? Or is their reading comprehension so horribly low that they can’t understand that simple phrase? As a PSA for them is this link, Boston College 3L Asks for His Money Back; Hilarity Ensues.

Sharron Angle covered the same ground when Jon Ralston confronted her over her 1995 statement that excluding religious schools from Federal funding is un-American and that the separation of church and state is an unconstitutional doctrine. Then this exchange ensued:

RALSTON: The separation of church and state arises out of the Constitution.

ANGLE: No it doesn’t, John.

RALSTON: Oh, it doesn’t? The Founding Fathers didn’t believe in the separation of church and state?

ANGLE: Thomas Jefferson has been misquoted, like I’ve been misquoted, out of context. Thomas Jefferson was actually addressing a church and telling them through his address that there had been a wall of separation put up between the church and the state precisely to protect the church from being taken over by a state religion. That’s what they meant by that. They didn’t mean we couldn’t bring our values to the political forum.

Now you may quibble over the use of the word “arises”, and if you mean that the constitution raises the point, you might be right, but the actual meaning is almost exactly opposite of the leftists’ use of the term.

If you think that, like the Macarena, campus speech codes were mocked into obscurity during the 1990s, think again. Approximately 71 percent of American campuses still impose highly restrictive “red light speech codes” on college students, notes Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

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