Why Do We Assume That Democrats Will Behave Themselves Any Better Than Trump?

A supporter tips his hat as President Donald Trump delivers remarks at a campaign-style rally at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D., on Wednesday night, June 27, 2018. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

MINOT, N.D. — It’s an ugly truth, but most are OK with tyranny and authoritarian crackdowns as long as those things are targeting the right people.

For all the chest-thumping populism on display in America today, the genius of our system of government is that it has as its foundation a list of things majoritarian political movements are not allowed to do. They cannot silence speech; they cannot restrict religion; they cannot grab guns.

So on and so forth.

It’s called the Bill of Rights, and it’s anti-democratic in all most wonderful ways.

We need these protections embedded in our most important legal document because the hoi polloi are hypocrites.

Continue reading…

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

Related posts

Top