Democrats really don't like democracy

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Worried Capitol Hill Democrats whisper that they face a shellacking in the 2022 midterm elections. They’re tied 50-50 with Republicans in the Senate until Vice President Kamala Harris casts her deciding vote. And their House majority vaporizes if five or six members peel off from the caucus. The president’s party has lost 26 seats on average in midterm elections since World War II, so Nancy Pelosi and the “Squad” will have to perform five times better just to cling to a majority of one.

Don’t bet the farm on that happening, for public anger is bubbling up over left-wing overreach. Despite securing only an historically weak mandate last November, Democrats are trying to ram through the most radical agenda ever. Public anger is not stoked so much yet by ruinous spending and long-standing left-wing wishes wrapped dishonestly in post-pandemic rescue measures. The public gorge is rising faster over the ideological insanity of teaching schoolchildren to hate their country, hypocritical acceptance of violent rhetoric and vandalism for pet causes, and gasoline being poured onto a crime conflagration to drive police retirements up and recruitment down. The middle class didn’t choose to live in the suburbs to see peaceful neighborhoods and good schools destroyed.

If the Democratic Party deserved its name, it would respond democratically by stopping and rethinking. It would push an agenda the public actually wants. But party operatives instead say they must rush the radical agenda even faster — get it done this summer — because it’ll be impossible in an election year or in the next Congress after they’ve lost. Think about that. Democrats know the public hates what they’re doing, so they slam their feet on the accelerator before voters can stop them.

Democratic disdain for the opinions of hoi polloi is everywhere. They’re trying to thwart parents’ efforts to take back schools from radicals who (encouraged by former President Barack Obama) are spoon-feeding racist anti-racism propaganda to children. Max Eden of the American Enterprise Institute writes of that counterrevolution in this week’s magazine.

Here’s another example. It took the unanimous Supreme Court to remind President Joe Biden that his oath of office obliges him to uphold the law rather than flout it. All nine justices agreed that his administration had no right to shred laws governing criminal sentencing just because “woke” sensibilities nudge it that way.

As the Washington Examiner wrote, “This nation’s representative democratic process comes to fruition when Congress legislates. The laws it passes represent what the people consent to at the time they are enacted.” The Biden administration and today’s Left don’t care what the people consent to. They’re our betters and intend to do what’s good for us, whether we like it or not.

It’s a clear rejection of America’s founding principle, reiterated by Abraham Lincoln on the battlefield at Gettysburg, that ours is meant to be a “government of the people, by the people, [and] for the people.” Should the undemocratic Democrats be allowed to end it? Perish the thought.

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Original Author: Hugo Gurdon

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