Democracy in Action

When I go trolling around the leftist blogosphere I often hear liberals claim that narrow electoral victory means complete policy victory. At least when Democrats win, it is winner take all. This attitude was reflected in Obama’s argument after the 2008 election that Republicans should get in the backseat and shut up.

“But I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.”

His claim that he didn’t mind being held responsible was proved false in 2012 but there is no doubt he didn’t expect to include the tens of millions who voted against him the political process. He won the election and he foolishly concluded that he won the argument. He saw his electoral victory as winner take all.

The idea that majorities – even narrow majorities – rule over minorities without input from the opposition isn’t new. In fact, it has a well known precedent in recent United States history.

The logic of winner take all in politics and that majorities can rule minorities without their input is the logic of the Jim Crow South. Jim Crow was democracy in action. It was majority rule. Electoral winners took control of the political process and the minority didn’t get to “do a lot of talking.”

Of course, this sort of oppression of electoral minorities was wrong then and it is wrong now. Winning an election is in no way analogous to winning an argument. Slim electoral majorities do not define truth, goodness or justice. Furthermore, every action of a democratically elected government is not, by definition, just, fair or decent. Jim Crow, once again, proved this.

There is no reason for leftists to be triumphant or for conservatives to disparage. Before the election, we were right and they were wrong. Nothing on election night changed that. We are still right and they are still wrong.

Do not despair and be of good cheer. Nothing is over.

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4 Responses to Democracy in Action

  1. messup says:

    Republican FACTS. A wake-up Call if ever there was one!
    1.Republicans have now lost the popular vote for president in five of the past six presidential elections.
    2.The last time the GOP won 300 electoral votes was in 1988; Democrats have won 300 or more in four of the past six contests.
    3.Eighteen states plus the District of Columbia have voted Democratic in each of the past six presidential elections for a total 242 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.
    4.In two consecutive elections, the closest Senate races have fallen domino-like toward Democrats.
    5.In 2010, Democrats won five of the seven races rated as toss-ups by The Cook Political Report; this year, Democrats prevailed in eight out of 10.
    6.While Republicans, in 2012, held onto their House majority, eight seats were lost, or about one third of their 25-seat margin.
    7.Democrats actually won the national popular vote for the House.
    8.Republicans were saved by new district boundaries drawn by re-districting committees. Something Rahm Emmanuel’s 2010 Census gerrymandered to avoid.
    The country’s long-term demographic trends look very bad for existing GOP/RNC, as presently configured, i.e., a party built around older white men totally out of step with an exploding Black, Hispanic and Asian multicultural future. A GOP/RNC dependent upon a doddering, vanishing White population. Need proof? Look at retiring Baby-boomer numbers!!! Overwhelming number are White!!!

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    “Republican FACTS. A wake-up Call if ever there was one!”

    So WTF? That looks like a wake up call without even the slightest call to action. That wasn’t a wake up call. That was a loud raspberry in our faces.

    This isn’t directed only at you messup, but this sort of thing in general. All over the net I see these types of comments. “We need to wake up!” “We need to get serious!” Yeah? And do what?

    How in the hell are we supposed to react to numbers one through eight in your list? It is fucking defeatism and I don’t like it.

    If you have a plan, let’s hear it. Otherwise I don’t really get the point of these wake up call type comments. You want to write a guest post telling us how we are supposed to respond to this wake up call? Let’s have it.

    If your point is that we are just screwed and we are getting a new culture and a new socialist future no matter what we do, then say it.

    We gotta stop with this “we-have-to-get-serious-this-is-a-wake-up-call-but-I-don’t-have-a-plan” type comments here and everywhere else. They aren’t just useless, they are annoying as hell.

  3. James says:

    The way to halt this progressivism is to stand our ground. Looking at the actions of the Republican party for the last couple decades makes one wonder if they stand for anything conservative. Republicans certainly spend, raise the debt ceiling, and create oppressive police state agencies to collect data on citizens.

    I write letters. Last time I contributed to Jim DeMint I included a letter stating my displeasure on his candidates messing up the abortion debate questions. I told him this was the end of the money until his candidates stopped losing elections. Guess what? DeMint quit.

    I’m not polite to Obama voters. They need to be told I don’t like them. They need to be told they are shitty people. In person.

    My last act will probably be to quit my job and stop feeding them. Individually, if you don’t like the terms, don’t enter the contract. Liberals think if they subjugate society, producers will play along and be victimized. Each person has a choice.

  4. James says:

    Ultimately, to reverse decline, the populace must stop giving politicians power. Concentration of power is how all civilizations end.

    The Roman Empire really started out its first 500 years as The Roman Republic. There was a yearly elected senate, a constitution, and balance of power. After a civil war, the Roman Empire emerged in 49 BC with the military general Julius Caesar as dictator. We all know Caesar was assinated during the “Ides of March” March 15, 44 BC, succeeded by Augustus declaring himself “Emperor.” Thus began “The Roman Empire”, three centuries of emperors, political murders, and decline in which currency was debased to finance military conquest and looting of surrounding areas to support Rome’s excess. The Roman Empire was actually growing as it was declining.