Well, he’s right even if not politic

A top Republican senator has said that “democracy isn’t the objective” of America’s political system, sparking widespread outrage at a time when his party has been accused by Democrats of plotting voter suppression and questioning a peaceful transition of power in November’s election.

This is correct of course. That whole thing of two Senators for each state is to make sure that simple weight of numbers doesn’t rule. As is that idea of a written Constitution which is really difficult to change. The whims of the mob are supposed to be difficult to implement.

Sure, sometimes the bulwarks fail – Prohibition say – but that’s what they’re there for. To say that majoritarian democracy goes this far and no further. What else does anyone think the Bill or Rights is about? For that’s not just about what government may not do but about what the people through government may not.

And isn’t this a revealing quote informing us of the types that run ethics offices?

Walter Shaub, former director of the US office of government ethics, said: “People of my grandfather’s generation knew what to do about fascists. Now a member of Congress is urging us to join them. I wonder what made you hate America so much.”

Simple statements of truth are fascism now?

7 thoughts on “Well, he’s right even if not politic”

  1. He’s right and, unsurprisingly, Shaub is wrong: Clinton won California by 4.3 million votes but lost the rest of the US by 1.5 million. According to Democrats, that means she should be President on the backs of the, mostly non-white, electorate of one State.

  2. @Jonathan… I think that as CA is a “winner takes all” state with a large inbuilt Democrat majority, a lot of republicans don’t bother to vote. So it exaggerates the apparent Dem percentage of the vote.

  3. “Democracy is NON-NEGOTIABLE”, say people who want to deliver control over your life to distant transnational bureaucracy and woke corporations and are still trying to cancel Brexit.

  4. “People of my grandfather’s generation knew what to do about fascists.”

    Ignore them? Let them overrun Europe, only joining in when the Japanese attacked you?

    Trump? Fascist? There’s a bit of nationalism, but he isn’t exactly expanding the state, is he?

  5. ‘Democracy’ is totalist language. They use it against the right. They are stunned when the right says, “We don’t give a shit about your democracy.” The Left isn’t for democracy – they are against it – they only mention it as a tool against the right. When the right isn’t budged, the Left FREAKS.

  6. “A constitutional republic is a state where the chief executive and representatives are democratically elected by the people, and the rules are set down in a written constitution”.

    Wiki gets it, Mr Schaub chooses not to.

  7. Bloke in North Dorset

    “This is correct of course. That whole thing of two Senators for each state is to make sure that simple weight of numbers doesn’t rule. As is that idea of a written Constitution which is really difficult to change. The whims of the mob are supposed to be difficult to implement.”

    And that’s also why they have a 6-year term, so they can think about long term rather than responding to the whims of the electorate. That’s the job of the 2-year term Congress.

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