Democracy in the Unites States? Fugetaboutit!
by John Spritzler
June 15, 2007
The fundamental problem in the United States is that we are not a democracy--not at all, not even a little bit.
Yesterday the State House politicians of Massachusetts (virtually all members of the Democratic Party) voted to NOT allow the public to vote on a referendum question opposing same-sex marriage (currently legal in Massachusetts due to a court ruling.)
The main argument that the "don't let them vote" crowd used was that "It is wrong to vote on rights." The theory is that it is a right for any two consenting adults to marry each other.
Nobody, of course, (not even the folks who pretend to) actually believes in such a right. Who believes, for example, that consenting adult siblings have the right to marry each other? Children of siblings are at a greater risk of genetic disorders, so society says no to sibling marriage, and it is not even controversial. Laws restricting marriage are about protecting children. Should the public have no say on this?
Our government and corporate elites say, "Yes, it is wrong for the public to have a say about whether society should endorse same-sex marriage. The public's concerns about the consequences for children who will get conceived by anonymous sperm donors and be raised by "two mommies" without ever having a normal bond with their father (or mother in the case of children being raised by "two daddies") count for nothing. Ordinary people are unfit to democratically decide such fundamental social policy questions."
But wait a minute! Is the idea of democracy--that ordinary people ARE fit to rule society--wrong?
Our new oh-so-liberal governor, Deval Patrick, formerly a big Coca-Cola corporate big shot, used every ounce of his power to prevent the public from having a say on this marriage question. He is 100% anti-democratic.
What about the Left? No difference. The Massachusetts Green Party's candidate for governor came out 100% against allowing the public to vote on the marriage question. So much for the Left's pretensions to being for democracy.
Our recently departed Republican governor, Mitt Romney, who overtly supports "One Dollar One Vote" democracy with capitalist inequality and tax cuts for the rich, tried to gain a little legitimacy for the GOP by putting on a show in support of the right of people to vote on the marriage question. It was just a show.
Boy, isn't it nice to have our very own representatives making laws of, by, and for the people?
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