Democrats become visibly anti-democratic

As part of a longer post about the Democrats’ anti-democratic tendencies, Peter Wehner has this to say:

If you wanted a sound bite that embodied much of what is wrong with contemporary liberalism, you could do worse than listen to the words of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on health care:

We’ll go through the gate. If the gate’s closed, we’ll go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we’ll parachute in but we’re going to get health-care reform passed for the America people.

Set aside the fact that Ms. Pelosi sounds like Tareq and Michaele Salahi trying to crash a White House State dinner. She seems to view herself as part of the guardian class, as one of our philosopher kings who knows better than the great, unwashed masses what is good for them. It is of a piece with the collectivist mindset, one that believes that it is with the ruling class that wisdom resides. They know best – and they will give you not what you may want but what they believe you need.

This view is exceedingly arrogant and, if it is indulged in often enough, it becomes, in some sense, anti-democratic.

There is a long history in America to dictate the proper role of its legislators. Some argue they ought to mirror public opinion all the time; others argue that we elect people to political posts based on our confidence in their judgment. They therefore have a relatively free hand to pursue the agenda they deem appropriate. But even those who subscribe to the views of the second group understand that in the end, ours is a representative form of government. The will of the people matters. We are, after all, a government “of the people, by the people, for the people.”

I concur heartily and urge you to read Wehner’s entire post.

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  • Earl

    We get our chance in November of this year…
    Don’t Tread On Me, Baby……….

  • Danny Lemieux

    Pelosi-land, Pelosi-land uber alles.

  • Bill Smith

    Yes, so do I.
    I grew up in a family of “elites” of the old school. They loved this country, and sacrificed personally for it.
    I went to school with the current crowd of “elites.” I also spent 10 years living, and working in Vermont back in the 70s, and I have to tell you. I could happily replace the entire 535 with people from the rural county I lived in. These people grew up governing themselves at Town Meeting, and countless meetings of various civic organizations that did the work that governments in more populated areas do.
    These Vermonters did not have the veneer of sophistication one acquires at prep school and an Ivy League college, but they sure as hell had the kind of sophistication that actually matters. They could tell who’s telling the truth. Who can, and is likely to pay back what they borrow. Who will do what’s right versus what’s easy. Who will show up. Who commands the respect of his/her neighbors. Who admits mistakes, and fixes them, etc.
    Some of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met I met, worked with, and learned from were there. “You can’t convince a drunk that he’s drunk; but you CAN convince him that other people think he’s drunk.” That applies to all sorts of situations. It’s a bit of verbal Judo. Thank you, Julian.
    There was a time in this country when you COULD NOT GET ELECTED PRESIDENT if you hadn’t been born on the frontier, in a log cabin. That produced some pretty good Presidents, I think. And there was one from humble, even questionable origins who I believe said of a certain self-appointed god, “I don’t care what he thinks of Harry Truman, but G*d dammit he’s not going to treat the President of the United States like that!” And Fired his ass. He also washed his own underwear, even in the White House.
    Well, I’m tired of the whole damned bunch of them treating ME “like that” — ALL of them — and I intend to fire all of them. There is not one who is indispensable, and it’s time they all got that straight.

  • Mike Devx

    Nancy Pelosi said,
    > We’ll go through the gate. If the gate’s closed, we’ll go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we’ll parachute in but we’re going to get health-care reform passed for the America people.

    What’s this fortress that she’s trying to assault?  Fortress America?  Interesting isn’t it… that she see’s herself on the outside, trying to get in.

    Maybe it’s the vastness of Middle America that she sees as the fortress, and she’s on the fringes, on one of our two liberal coasts, if you will, gazing inward at the vastness of fortress middle America.  Forever alien to her.

  • Bill Smith

    Just to be clear, Just so I’m not misunderstood, I am speaking of Vermont as it was around 30 — 40 years ago.

  • timw

    Ach! Must. Not. Make. Plural. With. Apostrophe! Ach!

    Sorry! I have rather strong feelings on this pressing issue, admittedly.

  • Bookworm

    Too right, timw.  My brain knows what to do, my fingers refuse to do it, and my eyes ignore the terrible results.  I’ve fixed that glaring error.