In a blog posted early this morning on the Huffington Post, Craig Crawford wrote a short, dismissive piece on the outcry over the US House’s attempt to pass health care reform without actually voting on it. That issue aside, Mr. Crawford had this to say about the situation:
“At the end of the day, even if this convoluted process is how the health overhaul becomes law, it was still supported by a majority of the nation’s elected lawmakers in Congress. And that’s democracy.”
It would be hysterical if so many “progressives” in the country didn’t believe the same thing. He failed at comprehending both the Constitution and the English language on two levels:
- He describes a vote of our elected representatives as “democracy” when is, in fact, a republic. There was no vote of the people on this issue, instead they people sent representatives to vote on the issue for them, hence representative government.
- He acts as though the actual casting of a vote doesn’t really matter, as long as the majority of representatives meant to support the measure. It doesn’t really matter how the government works, as long as it sides with him.
I very much doubt Mr. Crawford and other progressives would like real democracy, since it affords no protection for the minority. It is simply two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner.