Democracy For Me But Not Thee Isn’t Democracy at All

by Mike on February 23, 2011

in Law,Politics

We’ve said hundreds of times before.  A democracy is only viable so long as those on the losing end accept the result.  After Barack Obama won the 2008 election, the American right accepted it.  Sure, we also started a Tea Party to oppose the President’s agenda, but that movement’s opposition was conducted through the political process.  Those of us supportive of limited government and low taxation attended peaceful protests, applied political pressure to opponents and squishy allies, and ultimately took action at the ballot box.  We behaved like an opposition should behave in a democracy:  accept the result when we lose and use the process to try and win the next time around.

But that isn’t how the left operates.  No matter where you look around the world, you will find examples of the left undermining democracy by refusing to accept the verdict of the democratic process.  In Greece, the country’s democratically elected leaders are trying to implement spending reductions in order to preserve the social welfare programs that left-wing moochers depend on.  The moochers respond by firebombing the police.  Here in America, the United States Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed a Defense of Marriage Act.  Rather than trying to repeal a law he disagrees with, the current President simply announced that he would enforce a law he is constitutionally required to enforce.

Whether the result of the democratic process is a law you disagree with or an election result you don’t like, it is essential to respect the will of the people.  If the process is disrespected often enough, then there is no democracy at all.  At that point, you’d better hope the people in power agree with you.

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