Yes, I’ve harped already about the United States being a representative republic and not a democracy, and I’ll continue to bring it up as long as the clueless talk about “our democracy.” Yes, I’m specifically calling President Obama and Elena Kagan, his pick for the Supreme Court, clueless.
Most recently I saw this mistaken idea of American democracy on Facebook. It was a simple link to StandForDemocracy.org saying, “Sick of corporate corruption? Join me and Stand for Democracy.” Ignoring momentarily the three planks that Stand For Democracy is calling for, here’s the list of partners:
- People For the American Way
- Public Citizen
- Service Employees International Union
- Democracy for America
- The Nation
Can you spot the common theme running through these groups? If you said that they are all liberal groups, you win the prize. So knowing their fellow travelers, let’s see what Stand For Democracy is standing for:
Overturn Citizens United:
Amend the Constitution to protect America from unlimited corporate spending on our elections by overturning the Supreme Court’s decision giving corporations the same First Amendment rights as people.
“Evil corporations. Evil!” I can almost see them holding up a crucifix and stakes to ward off the evil corporations. They don’t seem to understand that a corporation is nothing more than a group of people banded together. And people DO have First Amendment rights. The Supreme Court’s decision was a good one, but it means corporations can have a voice in government actions when those actions affect their business and their people.
Fair elections now:
Pass the Fair Elections Now Act, providing public financing to candidates who are supported by small donors so they can compete with corporate-backed and self-funded candidates.
Did you notice that there is no mention here of union-backed candidates? SEIU has emerged as a big player in the past two to three years. And the head of SEIU, Andrew Stern, was the leading visitor to the White House in the first six months of President Obama’s administration. But union money and influence is just fine for liberals because unions share their liberal vision. Corporations do not have the same monolithic political leanings, so they must be blocked. And this is fair?
Lobbyist Reform Act:
Pass legislation to end the overwhelming influence of corporate lobbyists by: prohibiting individuals from switching from corporate lobbying to government service, or vice-versa, within a 5-year period; stopping corporate lobbyists from giving gifts and providing free travel to government officials; and posting online the attendees and content of all meetings between lobbyists and government officials (or their staffs).
And here we have a third attack on corporations. Bad, evil, nasty corporations. Seeing a trend? Don’t get me wrong: I would love to have more transparency in government, but I don’t see it happening at all with this administration. Yes, President Obama talked a good talk about how his administration would be the most transparent, but his actions have put the lie to his words. I’m guessing that much like a stopped clock, this group has a good idea with transparency, but the idea of throwing more and more legislation at a problem is a quintessentially liberal big government idea. When confronted with a problem, I prefer the option of personal freedom over government restrictions.
But what do I know? Well, at least I know that we live in a representative republic and not a democracy.