If you can’t get your way take your ball and bat and go home. Apparently democrat lawmakers have never outgrown their childhood tendency to throw a temper tantrum. First it was Wisconsin now Indiana, I wonder if we can get the dems on capital hill to take an extended leave of absense?
Now that is one government I would love to see shut down for months. What say you?
But since Dems are such great actors I award them this week’s DoDo Bird Award. They earned it. Maybe one day the Dems will become a distinct breed like the DoDo bird. One can hope.
Statehouse walkouts are not without precedent. In fact, they are a reasonably common occurrence. But they are largely symbolic gestures — an attempt to demonstrate the minority’s outraged disapproval of the majority’s agenda. Seldom do they go on for days, and until now, never have they been legitimate attempts to undermine the entire democratic process by grinding the operation of government to a halt.
For those who may be unaware, Indiana Statehouse Democrats staged a walkout a month ago to deny the large Republican majority the ability to enact legislation opposed by public and private union bosses — specifically right-to-work and public education reform laws. The Democrat caucus fled across state lines to Illinois (where else?), and have been holed up in a hotel demanding concession after concession to earn their return. But even after capitulating to their juvenile fit and pulling the right-to-work law off the table, Republican leaders have been unsuccessful in luring the Democrats back to work.
There’s a phrase for what is occurring in Indiana; it’s called the “tyranny of the minority.” In Federalist #10, James Madison warned against the tyranny of the majority by proposing that a republican form of representative democracy would best protect the rights of the minority. What he apparently didn’t count on was that in an effort to appease their union masters, the minority would one day use those protections to obliterate the democratic process. And that is precisely what is unfolding.