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Shouting people down isn‘t democracy in action

Published: Mon, August 17, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

Shouting people down isn‘t democracy in action


I was reading in a conservative newsletter, OnesNewsNow, that “democracy is finally at work.” They were referring to the disrupting of town hall meetings by members of their group. They were actually suggesting that mob rule is democracy. Forget voting. Forget letting your representative study issues and then vote. Just shout lies and hope that your mob rules. It is a perfect example of why we need to spend more money on our schools. Everyone pays the price for ignorance. Yes, the Nazi party used this same intimidation technique to gain power in Germany in the thirties. It did work. But look at the price Germany eventually paid for that.

Perhaps it is time that law enforcement officers start arresting the leaders of groups that spread lies to incite mobs to disrupt the democratic process. When a group tells their members that the Congress is passing a law that will require old people to be killed to save on health insurance costs, it is clearly a lie. When a group says Congress is passing a law that will encourage women to get abortions, it is clearly a lie. When a group tells it’s members that Congress is cutting their Medicare benefit, it is clearly a lie. And when the group is telling these lies to protect their business profits, then it is a crime.

In a democracy, the voters elect their representative. He studies the issues and votes. If you feel he is not voting your interest, you vote against him in the next election. Shouting down speakers at town hall meetings is not democracy. Buying the vote of an elected official is not democracy.



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