As I watch the 2008 election unfold, I am seeing more and more evidence that the political left in America hates democracy, not that they would be willing to say so in so many words. Before I continue, I must state that, regardless of what you might have thought, the United States of America is not a democracy — the U.S. is a representative republic. The Founding Fathers were not impressed by democracies because they had noticed that “majority rule” democracies decayed and died as they got larger. This is nicely summed up in a quote often erroneously associated with Alexander Fraser Tytler:
A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
Regardless of its true author, the point is well made about the nature of democracies. But how can I say that the political left in this nation hate democracy? They are vocal supporters of democracy, but saying something doesn’t necessarily make it so. I have found it much more instructive to watch someone’s actions rather than words to determine what he really believes. And the left’s actions are pretty clear.
First case in point is the erroneously named “Employee Free Choice Act” supported by Senator Obama and many other Democrats. I say it is erroneously named because it is about restricting the free choice of workers. Former Senator George McGovern nails the problem with this bill in an editorial he wrote in the Wall Street Journal:
The key provision of [the Employee Free Choice Act] is a change in the mechanism by which unions are formed and recognized. Instead of a private election with a secret ballot overseen by an impartial federal board, union organizers would simply need to gather signatures from more than 50% of the employees in a workplace or bargaining unit, a system known as “card-check.” There are many documented cases where workers have been pressured, harassed, tricked and intimidated into signing cards that have led to mandatory payment of dues.
To my friends supporting [the Employee Free Choice Act] I say this: We cannot be a party that strips working Americans of the right to a secret-ballot election. We are the party that has always defended the rights of the working class. To fail to ensure the right to vote free of intimidation and coercion from all sides would be a betrayal of what we have always championed.
The secret ballot is a critical part of a well-functioning democratic process. But that doesn’t stop 228 Democrat Representatives from voting for this bill with only two voting against. On the Republican side, 13 voted for it and 183 against, insufficient to stop the passing of the bill in the House. As for the Senate, it’s version was put forward by Senator Ted Kennedy with two independent co-sponsors and with 44 Democrats, including the junior Senator from Illinois running for President.
The other evidence that the left hates democracy comes from the many, and I mean many, examples of voter fraud coming from the left. ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, has been working hard to register voters for years now. Now, registering people to vote is not a bad thing, and targeting your registrations towards your own party is also not a bad thing. But registering people multiple times or registering people who are ineligible to vote is a bad thing. And it appears that ACORN has been doing nothing but bad things. The New York Post reported about one Ohio man who was
paid bribed by ACORN to register again and again.
“Sometimes, they come up and bribe me with a cigarette, or they’ll give me a dollar to sign up,” said Freddie Johnson, 19, who filled out 72 separate voter-registration cards over an 18-month period at the behest of the left-leaning Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.
“The ACORN people are everywhere, looking to sign people up. I tell them I am already registered. The girl said, ‘You are?’ I say, ‘Yup,’ and then they say, ‘Can you just sign up again?’ ” he said.
Johnson used the same information on all of his registration cards, and officials say they usually catch and toss out duplicate registrations. But the practice sparks fear that some multiple registrants could provide different information and vote more than once by absentee ballot. [*bing*bing*bing* and that's a real problem. Emphasis mine - CM]
In Nevada, the fraudulent voter registrations handed in by ACORN included the entire Dallas Cowboys starting line-up, which I’m sure came as a surprise to the Dallas Cowboys living in Texas. State officials raided the ACORN headquarters and is currently investigating.
In Missouri, election officials suspected 5,000 ACORN registrations to be fraudulent, so they sent letters asking them to reply, but fewer than 40 people responded. In 2007, four ACORN employees were indicted, and in April of 2008, eight ACORN workers plead guilty of submitting false registration cards back in the 2006 push for voters. Jess Ordower, the Midwest director of ACORN, had a different way of looking at their guilt, as reported in the AP news: “He believes his group is being targeted because some politicians don’t want that many low-income people having a voice.” Did you catch that? Ordower said ACORN is the victim of “some politicians” — read that as the evil Republicans — who don’t want the poor to vote. And that makes the confessed federal election fraud somehow OK?
In Indiana, ACORN handed in 5,000 registrations just before the deadline. As is required, the state officials proceeded to validate the registrations, but they stopped when the first 2,100 registrations were all found to be invalid. Every registration checked was bogus! That’s not an accident. That’s intentional. These examples aren’t the only instances of ACORN fraud since there are at least 14 states who have launched criminal investigations against ACORN because of its fraudulent voter registration. It is obvious to me that fraudulent voter registration is not an isolated incident with ACORN, and I believe it is intentional, from the top to the bottom.
And where are the leaders on the left? Where is the condemnation and the urging to stop by the Democrat leaders? There’s a whole lot of silence going on. Instead of telling ACORN to stop breaking the law, Senator Obama’s campaign gave $800,000 to ACORN. I read that as not just turning a blind eye to their illegal actions, but condoning, encouraging, and facilitating their illegal actions.
So let’s sum up: the left wants to get rid of the secret ballot, and it condones voter voter registration fraud. And that is why I say that the left hates democracy. Their own actions prove it.