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  •  Rush DOES know 'tyranny of the majority' ... (0+ / 0-)

    "When the majority can change the rules there aren't any."

    This is exactly what has happened in many of our states when a temporary majority (winner of an election) takes over the capital and decides to change the rules of the game -- for example, by imposing "right to work" rules or setting up "voter ID" procedures, both designed to make the temporary majority permanent.

    What he and some others have failed to understand is that "majority rule" is a rule. And it's basically the essence of representative democracy. But it is one that can be used to tyrannize the minority and deny them a voice or fundamental rights. And so it has been used for generations to deny equal rights to people of color, women, and gays and lesbians.

    So there must be balance. Majority rule can't be the only guiding principle for our legislative decision making. Thus, we often see appeals to fundamental principles of human rights, individual rights, which should not be subject to majority voting procedures.

    But what we have had in the U.S. Congress over many years isn't tyranny of the majority. Rather, it is a tyranny of the minority, which has sought to deny the electoral majority that won the White House its ability to carry out basic constitutional functions. Senatorial holds on nominations, and a flood of filibusters on nominations and basic legislation have allowed the electoral minority to prevent the majority from carrying out the normal business of government.

    They are often doing the bidding of an even smaller minority of extremely rich people who are trying to protect their riches and oligarchic control of the economy.

    What kind of government is that?

    "Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not to their own facts" -- Daniel P. Moynihan

    by zackamac on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 09:31:12 PM PST

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