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Re: “Democracy, who needs it?

This is neither a partisan issue nor a subversion of democracy. In a democracy (or a republic), voters cast their votes in an election process governed by law. The effect of those votes is determined by law. The Arkansas General Assembly (which we elected) established the law governing voting and the election process. The people we elected decided that primary voters only get so many (two) bites at the apple, and if they cannot make a decision in those two tries, they do not get a third bite at the apple at state expense. Whether that is a good law or a bad law is beside the point. It is THE law and all of us (the Governor included) must follow the law, even if we don't like the ultimate result. John Adams put it pithily and accurately when he described one of the new colonies as a "government of laws and not men" (his words). The Republican candidate should be congratulated for affirming this principle, as did Al Gore in the 2000 election. Maybe the end result is not to our liking (as Democrats), but the ends do not justify the means - the legislators that we elected passed the laws, and now we must follow them. If we don't like the result, lobby the legislators, contribute your money, vote them out, or run for office yourself, but don't complain. The rule of law is what makes this country great and makes us different from the places where political power grows from the barrel of a gun. Besides, what goes around comes around. If we ignore the law this time, next time they could come for you.

Posted by NWA lawyer on 07/28/2010 at 9:09 PM
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