Mr Biden’s party has initiated a crucible, the January 6th hearings, putting the Republican Party, specifically Donald Trump and his cabal, on trial for attacking “democracy.” It is an irony worth a brief digress. Over the past twenty years, Democrats have taken issue with America’s “institutions of democracy.”
Progressives took issue when the Electoral College gave George W. Bush a victory over Albert Gore in November 2000. In 2016, the Electoral College handed Donald J. Trump a victory over Hillary Clinton. Progressive Democrats have been calling for the dismantling of the Electoral College, referring to it as “archaic” and “anti-democratic” because it handed victories to candidates that did not earn the popular vote.
In 2020, Donald Trump challenged the results of the election and even asked his vice-president, Mike Pence, to decertify the electoral ballot count. Mr Trump also went to court in a number of states to challenge and overturn election results. A mob rush on the Capitol Building during the certification of Electoral College votes only buttressed the Democrats’ argument that Mr Trump was more interested in tyrannical rule than the protection of democracy.
The thing is, America is not a democracy. One man, one vote was never the intent of the framers of the U.S. Constitution. The framers never meant for direct election by electorate-taxpayers of the chief executive. Symbolic, in-direct participation in the process, okay. Direct participation, hell no, and smartly so.
Why do I say, “smartly so”? Direct democracy is tyrannical. I find nothing attractive in masses of people having sway over my personal, household decisions because of “majority rule.” Also, why deceive voters into believing that their individual vote matters when campaigns financed by a numerical minority of wealthy donors and campaigns run by an educated and disconnected political class.
And besides, the majority of electorate-taxpayers hardly read and know little to nothing of America’s political history. Subject to media persuasion and unread on their political environment, I would rather immigrants newly minted as US citizens be the sole entrants in a voting booth. At least they would have a fresh understanding of their adopted political system.
No portion of the process for electing a president outside of the Electoral College is democratic. The masses choose a slate of electors and that is the extent of their participation. This is not ancient Greece. If there is anything those white boys from 1776 were right about is that you don’t want a bunch of rambunctious, over emotional, pain and suffering types having direct participation in the process.
There was no attack on democracy because the election process for president does not allow for democracy. Democracy does not exist. If anyone attacked democracy it was the Constitution’s framers. They denied the masses democracy 246 years ago.
13 June 2022