If you have believed against all prior indications that the Supreme Court of the U.S. was the neutral arbiter of laws in this country, let your idealized vision of that body be finally put to rest.

With this court’s recent decision that federal judges have no jurisdiction over radical partisan gerrymandering, we now have it confirmed that the court is the pocket of the Republican Party.

For years many warned us that the “next” election’s most important issue was the radical control of the courts. Now we know why.

Let us understand that Bush v Gore, Citizens United, and Shelby County v Holder were the preface to this most recent ruling in assuring that all voting rules and laws may no longer be “of the people, by the people and for the people.” Add to these decisions the bogus claims of voter fraud that several state legislators have used to enact voter ID laws.

The only counter for this is for all Americans who believe in a neutral Supreme Court — Democrat, Republican, and independent alike — to turn out in numbers so massive against this current Republican-controlled Senate and White House that the Electoral College will collapse under its own weight.

All other issues, as important as they are, will fail to be addressed unless balance is returned to our legislative and judicial lives.

Stephen C. Cushing