The case for less ‘we the people’ and more reasoned elitism


FILE PHOTO: An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump riot in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo

MINOT, N.D. — There are many things about politics we accept without question, and one of them is the idea that our elected officials ought to obey the demands of “the people.”

Further, there is an oft-reached conclusion that when things are going poorly, it’s a product of our leaders not being sufficiently obedient.

Sometimes this is true. When a school board in San Francisco became more interested in aligning school names with the strictures of woke politics than delivering sound education policy, they got recalled by voters who were insisting on different priorities.

That’s democracy functioning ideally.

It doesn’t always function that way.

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