In a republic, representatives are chosen to debate and vote the issues on behalf of its citizens. The representatives are generally expected to vote according to the will of the majority but they are not bound to do so. In a democracy however, the people vote the issues themselves and majority rules – period! How strange it is then that the party that calls themselves Democrats is the party that so often ignores the will of the majority.
Case in point. In the recent primaries, Tennessee Democratic Party voters elected Mark Clayton to be their candidate on the Democratic Party ticket running for the US Senate. But the Democratic Party will have none of it. A Party spokesperson announced that:
“The Tennessee Democratic Party disavows his candidacy, and will not do anything to promote or support him in any way.”
This in spite of the fact the Clayton received nearly twice as many votes as his closest challenger. It goes from the ridiculous to the sublime. The spokesperson added:
“Many Democrats in Tennessee knew nothing about any of the candidates in the race, so they voted for the person at the top of the ticket. Unfortunately, none of the other Democratic candidates were able to run the race needed to gain statewide visibility or support.”
That’s not a reasonable excuse; it’s an admission of incompetence. It says Tennessee Democrats have no minds of their own.
I love Tennessee with its rolling hills and magnificent horse farms. Their politics aren’t bad either. Tennessee voted against Al Gore for president and it cost him the election. If only the people of his home state, who presumably knew him best, had voted for him we never would have learned what a chad is and the Supreme Court would never have been involved.
Some states allow resolutions where every citizen has the opportunity to vote on an issue. The decision may or may not be binding but it’s as democratic as it gets. California voted on Prop. 8 in 2000 and it passed by majority vote. The people had spoken; they made their wishes clear. And then the Democratic Party took the issue to the California Supreme court and won a decision to have the peoples wishes overturned. Californians followed with a new Prop. 8 in 2008. Same issue, same result. The people voted for it by a margin of 52 to 47. Democrats proceed once again to have the will of the people overturned in the courts. A better name for the Party would be the Autocrats.