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The Great Democracy

September 9, 2008 by

For all the attention it receives, electoral democracy is really quite pathetic. Case in point: Today voters here in the District of Columbia go to the polls to select party candidates for city council and members of Congress. “Wait a minute,” some of you might say, “D.C. doesn’t have any voting members of Congress!” Quite right. There is a non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives, which is on today’s ballot — although there is only one Democrat and no Republican candidate. But there are also offices labeled “U.S. Representative” and “U.S. Senator.” These are, of course, not government-sanctioned legislators, but unpaid lobbying posts created by the D.C. government to highlight the lack of voting congressional representation.

D.C. is filled with powerless, unpaid elected officials. There’s a “state” board of education — whose power was stripped and given to the mayor and his lackeys — as well as hundreds of “advisory neighborhood commissioners,” who longingly aspire to Barack Obama’s onetime career of “community organizer.” Come to think of it, a government of unpaid officials with no actual power sounds like a pretty good model.

Alas, there are D.C. elected officials with genuine destructive powers, namely the mayor and the 13-member council. Like any successful democracy, D.C. is a one-party state (well not a “state,” but you know what I mean.) Democrats have a virtual monopoly on elected offices. There are two non-Democrats on the Council who are quite literally affirmative action appointments. Congress reserved two of the Council’s four at-large seats for people who don’t run as Democrats. The results are a Republican who has held the seat as her personal fiefdom for nearly two decades, and a man who ran as a Republican, only to discover the party didn’t welcome homosexuals like him, so he conveniently declared himself an “independent.” Both council members vote in lockstep with the 11 Democrats.

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sekator September 13, 2008 at 6:29 am

But then, sometimes I notice that this democracy is not present, for instance, ignoring people’s opinions. “Is it for everybody?” this is really an appropriate question to this. I hope the answer for this is “definitely yes”. I’m not referring to all governments, only those who are performing this kind of bad action.

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al loomis December 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm

what has the activities in dc, or anywhere else under federal control, got to do with ‘democracy?’

the corrupt, disordered and ineffective society of the united states is rather prima facie evidence of a lack of democracy.

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