Call me crazy, but for a few years now I have believed that when many on the Left say they want “to change America,” it isn’t just politics or even economics. They certainly want to change both, but I also believe they seek to change a very fundamental fiber of what has made the United States a shining city on a hill. Many on the Left want to end democracy as we know it.
Certainly that already has occurred in many pockets throughout the country, like Chicago, for instance. Yes, Chicago has elections, but all they really do is pit one Democrat against another. But democracy in general is under assault by many on the Left.
Just this week, there have been two examples that highlight this contention. Speaking at the Cary Rotary Club in North Carolina, the state’s Democratic governor suggested that the 2012 Congressional elections be suspended. “I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years . . . to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with on that,” Gov. Bev Perdue said.
Afterwards Perdue and her staff tried to pass it off as a joke. But it wasn’t said that way nor was it meant that way. Now, many may say it was just an innocuous statement in the hope politicians come together to solve the ills of this country. And, perhaps that was the governor’s intention.
However, coincidently, former Obama Administration Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag wrote in the New Republic that this country “needs less democracy.” He uses a comment from a letter from John Adams to John Taylor in 1814 to justify his contention in which Adams wrote, “there never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” Orszag wrote that while budget director, it was clear to him that “the country’s political polarization was growing worse – harming Washington’s ability to do the basic, necessary work of governing.”
He continued, “So what to do? To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, as radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them less democratic.”
This country succeeded because of political, democratic institutions. States in which democracy thrives like Texas, South Carolina, Indiana, Iowa and North Dakota are thriving or at least doing better than most other states. States that are largely run by one party, such as Illinois, New York, California and Michigan are hurting – big time!
Again, you may think I am making a mountain out of a molehill. But for months now, we’ve been hearing from the media and other outlets that “the Republicans are obstructing progress,” “the Tea Party people are unpatriotic” because they are against Obama’s agenda and other similar comments.
Furthermore, this administration has had more “czars” than any other administration. These “czars” in some cases have more power within the administration than some Cabinet secretaries. We also have departments like the EPA setting law and agenda, bypassing Congress. Too often, we have a president acting more like a king than an elected leader.
I don’t believe for a second they are casual comments. I believe they are being said and written for a reason. I believe they are laying the seeds into the public conscience of how life can be better if we just had democracy-lite or got rid of those pesky politicians who don’t think like we do.
It also falls into line with one of President Obama’s idols and gurus: Saul Alinsky. Alinsky’s beliefs largely are what run the Left. His “Rules for Radicals” is the Gospel to the Left. By his own admission, it is Obama’s Gospel.