Save democracy…by killing democracy. What a novel concept.
As a way to solve the national debt crisis, North Carolina Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue recommends suspending Congressional elections for the next couple of years.
“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” Perdue said at a rotary club event in Cary, North Carolina, according to the Raleigh News and Observer. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”
Not likely. I mean, Peter Orszag and most Progressives probably secretly agree to some extent, but few of them are insane enough to say it aloud. They really do think an appointed elite would do better running the country without input from us pesky voters — you see that attitude most clearly in the elites’ smears of the Tea Party. That this is coming up in North Carolina, given the recent disclosures involving unaccountable government and its abuses there, just adds a nice layer of irony on top of the whole thing.
Progressives never actually seem to progress beyond their own horrible ideas.
More: It just so happens that Perdue is up for election next year.
Update: On facebook, Gov. Perdue’s desperate staff claim she was engaging in hyperbole. And just in case we’re all too stupid to get that, they define it for us.
Hyperbole (n): an exaggeration to create emphasis or effect
by Bev Perdue on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 1:54pm
There has been a little hubbub today about some comments the governor made at lunch today.
Here’s a statement from Press Secretary Chris Mackey:
“Come on…Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what’s best for the people they serve.”
One, thanks for condescending (y’all might want to look that word up). Two, musing about canceling elections when you’re up for one next year isn’t funny. Three, it really isn’t funny. Now, go lose next year.
Update: More here. The local press seems to be spinning for Perdue, saying that the line was a “joke” in their headline, and prefacing the post with an attempt to play it off as no big deal. Even though she was talking about Congressional elections, the fact that she floated this at all is disturbing. Now we’ll get to see the mainstream press do their best to make little to nothing out of it, and end up mocking anyone who takes Perdue’s “joke” seriously.