Can a divided America endure? [Letter]

After 45 years in Maryland, I sense something new and terrifying. The U.S. is experiencing the direct results of hard-nosed gerrymandering by computer ("Adapting to a politically divided nation," March 18).

Maryland may be the worst example. Our voting districts are designed, with mathematical certainty, to return incumbents to power. The result is that my congressional district looks like the work of a drunken spider. My member of Congress for years has needed a map to locate my town and has nothing in common with anyone I know.

The members are selected by others, for others. So why should I care what they do? Neither party represents American values, they represent only those who fund them. And Maryland only has one eternal party.

That's why Congress is held in such low esteem. If predictions hold true, and the House and Senate go Republican in the fall, we may face another failed presidential impeachment attempt.

We are very much a house divided. Respect, loyalty and comity died a long time ago. Will the nation stay together, or will mass migrations and breakaway efforts, both state and federal, occur in the next generation? The unthinkable is now being discussed.

R. L. Hails Sr.

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