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Z. Byron Wolf
By Z. Byron Wolf
Sep 28, 2011 5:37pm
Too Much Democracy? A Modest Proposal From N.C.(D) Gov. Bev Perdue
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North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue caused a bit of a stir this week when she suggested that maybe Americans should call off a round or two of elections and let politicians focus on government instead of getting elected.
It’s not going to happen, of course - the United States has held elections through the Civil War and World Wars and the Great Depression – but it speaks to the general frustration many Americans have with partisanship and gridlock in Washington.
Judson Phillips said denying the right to vote to those who do not own property "makes a lot of sense" during a weekly radio program.
"The Founding Fathers originally said, they put certain restrictions on who gets the right to vote," Phillips said. "It wasn't you were just a citizen and you got to vote."
Shane Brooks worked closely with convention organizer Judson Phillips and his Tea Party Nation (TPN) group, until a falling out last month in part over what Brooks saw as TPN's overly close relationship with the GOP, which Brooks distrusts. Now, Brooks, based in Texas, has posted a YouTube video urging fellow activists to "boycott the National Tea Party Convention," and declaring, "we will not allow Tea Party Nation or any group to achieve national leadership of this historic grassroots revolution by the people!"
Brooks's video also voices fears that the Republican Party aims to move in and co-opt the Tea Party movement. "We must not allow the Tea Parties and other patriotic grassroots movement to be hijacked by the GOP," it warns.
Originally posted by AnIntellectualRedneck
Well, I'll tell you what, "no taxation without representation" comes to mind here. If I'm not allowed to vote, then I shouldn't have to pay taxes.
Correction: I'm not bloody well going to pay taxes - period.edit on 29-9-2011 by AnIntellectualRedneck because: (no reason given)
As to who initally made these observations, there is some debate; however, you can see how that is exactly what is happening in America (even though technically we are not a democracy, but a republic).
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy.