Does the left believe the will of the people should determine public policy?
It’s worth considering that question given the “progressive” celebration of the vote in Ireland to approve “same-sex marriage.”
While the left’s rhetoric often champions public opinion in pursuit of its political agenda, more often than not so-called “progressives” attack votes that don’t go their way.
For instance, at least 30 different states in the U.S. approved by popular vote or by action of their legislatures to preserve the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. It’s worth noting that the Congress of the United States voted by large, veto-proof majorities for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, which also defined marriage as an institution between one man and one woman, and the bill was enacted into law with the signature of Bill Clinton.
One by one, however, these lawfully conducted referenda and duly enacted laws were overturned by activist federal judges – and they were cheered by the progressives who helped orchestrate the challenges.
What does that tell you?
It tells me the left likes elections as long as they go their way.
If they don’t, they will use any means necessary – legitimate or illegitimate – to overturn the will of the people.
So much for their slogans:
- “The people united will never be defeated.”
- “One person, one vote.”
- “Democracy now!”
- “Power to the people.”
- “We are the 99 percent.”
So why is the Irish vote to redefine marriage a good thing, but the votes to preserve the definition of marriage as it has been known in every culture from the beginning of time a bad thing? Ask your “progressive” friends. Elections to them are only as good as their results. The only votes to be respected are those that go their way.
Ultimately, that is why all “progressive” societies – those that do not respect the opinions of others, those that are politically utilitarian in nature, those that seek to achieve their objectives “by any means necessary,” and those that use elections, legislation and the law merely as one of the tools for imposing their will on others – eventually and inevitably become authoritarian or totalitarian.
For so-called “progressives,” elections are only valid if the people vote their way.
If “progressives” lose elections, they have multiple alternatives to get their way:
- They seek pliant judges to overrule the results;
- They organize for another vote;
- They seek pliant judges to impose results contrary to the results of the election;
- They seek to impose their will through violence and intimidation.
Do I have this about right?
I think I do.
As a former “progressive” myself, I know exactly how it works. Politics is war. The state is your enemy until it is in your control. Then it becomes your friend as you use it to subjugate your opposition – as well as the popular will and the rule of law. That’s what the left is about today. That’s what it has always been about since the days of the French Revolution, through Lenin and Stalin and Hitler and Mao.
That’s not a typo. Hitler belongs in that rogues’ gallery of so-called “progressives.”
He was first elected (emphasis added) to power before grabbing more and ending elections. He invented the Volkswagon, the people’s car. He famously said: “All great movements are popular movements. They are the volcanic eruptions of human passions and emotions, stirred into activity by the ruthless Goddess of Distress or by the torch of the spoken word cast into the midst of the people.”
Does any of that sound familiar? They are the actions and words of “progressives.”
“Progressives” don’t respect elections unless they offer them victory.
“Progressives” don’t honor elections unless they offer them victory.
“Progressives” don’t like election unless they offer them victory.
“Progressives” don’t believe in elections unless they offer them victory.
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