Posted by: maroonmaurader | September 26, 2010

Idle thought

I wonder if it is an unsung virtue of a representative democracy (as opposed to direct democracy) that it provides a safety valve for displeasure with government by providing obvious and relatively harmless scapegoats – it certainly seems much less damaging to not re-elect a Senator (or recall, or impeach, or draw and quarter for that matter) than to have general and widespread fighting between blocs of voters. Or maybe voters just get displeased with elected officials as well as other voters, and it’s not a benefit at all.

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  1. I think you might be on to something. Consider the fallout from the Prop 8’s victory vs. the one following its recent revocation. In the former, without a ready scapegoat, independant voters, donors, and interest groups were all villianized. In the latter, the bile seems concentrated on Judge Walker. Yet another reason to rid ourselves of legislation through plescibite.


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