North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue suggested last week that congressional elections be suspended in order to overcome legislative gridlock in Washington, D.C. Perdue, who is a Democrat, in the sense of not being for democracy, and progressive, in the sense of wanting to drag civilization backwards, later said she was being sarcastic or had been taken out of context or, like, something. But she sounds serious enough on the audio. I think she meant exactly what she said.
Likewise economist Peter Orszag, former head of the Office of Management and Budget under President Obama. Orszag, writing in the New Republic, said America needs to be “a bit less democratic,” and that “to solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions.” Kind of like in Europe, you know. Where it works so very well…
Now, of course, all those silly billies on the right, from silly Rush Limbaugh right on down the silly line, got all exercised about these remarks as if current or former public officials seeking to destroy our unique and hard won liberties in order to further their own clearly misguided and destructive ends should be tarred and feathered, run out of town on a rail, hurled into the Potomac, and pelted with rotten vegetables as they float downstream like the sewage they are. But you won’t hear that kind of rough talk here. (On a side note, did you know you can frequently pick up rotten vegetables for free in the dumpsters behind restaurants? In case, you know, you should need them for any reason.)
After all, why should silly right wingers be surprised that our friends on the left want to suspend elections or outsmart the Constitution’s limits on government power? Can you name a single left-wing policy that can’t be translated into, “The government knows better than the people”? They know better than you how your money should be spent. They know better than you how you should take care of your health. They know better than you how you should run your business and what kind of car you should drive. They even know better than you what sort of light bulbs you should use. Gee, they’re smart. Why would anyone ever want to vote them out of office?
Listen — really — listen to the way the left talks about We, the People — or should I say those soft ignorant downright mean bitter racists too stupid to be governed. Listen to the yearning they feel to still the people’s voice and bypass their representatives. Obama wishes he could pass his agenda with a “magic wand” and work his “way around congress.” New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wishes we could have China’s autocracy for a day. Woody Allen wishes Obama could be dictator.
Well, why not, dude? If the people are such soft racist idiots, why should they have the power to gum up the governing plans of their betters?
By the lights of “progressives,” America really should be less democratic. What other opinion could they hold? What other conclusion could they reach? After two years of having government all their own way, Obama and the left produced more poverty and joblessness, lower incomes, higher inflation, more debt, and greater deficits — and were finally thrown out of the House of Representatives on their collective deaf ears. For them to accept the will of the people would be for them to consider that their policies might not work, their ideas might be wrong, and the hoi polloi they so despise might actually be wiser than they are. In short, they would have to cast off their sense of superior virtue and intellect for an attitude of open-minded humility.
Do you right wingers think they’re going to do that when they could just suspend elections instead?
Now you really are being silly.