Government by Extorcracy…

I bet you thought we lived in a democratically governed country…

You know, a country where duly elected representatives of the people who live in the country go to a place and meet together to propose ideas, debate those ideas and then vote on those ideas in order to come up with laws, regulations, agencies and programs to serve the people and improve the lives of the people who live in the country…

Of course nowhere in the concept of a democratically governed country is the promise that any one representative’s specific idea will be totally accepted by the other representatives… There is no promise that any one representative or even group of representatives will get their way on an idea…

No, the concept is that the ideas are hammered into shape by vigorous debate… and usually there is some give and take from those representatives of differing opinions… So that the best possible services, programs, laws, regulations and agencies are created for the benefit of the people who live in the country…

After the ideas are hammered into shape, they are then voted on by the duly elected officials, and if they pass with the needed number of votes, they become laws or regulations or agencies or programs… whatever it was that they were designed to be…

Of course, there may be those who still vigorously oppose the new laws (or regulations or agencies or programs)… and there is nothing wrong with that.  After all, we live in a country where citizens are allowed to think whatever they want, and there are ways built into our constitution that allow for changes to be made to our laws…

Our laws can be challenged in the Supreme Court… whose members will rule on the laws’ constitutionality… and, if a law is deemed to be unconstitutional, it will be struck down – no longer a law… and all elected officials have to go back to the “drawing board”, so to speak…

Another way that people who vigorously oppose a law can legally get rid of it or change it in some way, is for elected officials to use debate and vote to attempt to repeal it or re-write it… and if successful, the law can be repealed or just changed in some way…

This is the way things are supposed to work in a democratically governed country…

But it seems that there are those who want our country to be governed by extortion…

I guess they want us to become an Extorcracy…

An Extorcracy…

Where our elected officials, if they don’t like the outcome of a vote that created a law, or they don’t like the ruling that the Supreme Court of the United States handed down regarding the law they don’t like, or they don’t like the President of the United States, who signed the law into existence, after it had been passed by our elected officials…

Where these elected officials, if they are unable to change the law they don’t like by the legal, constitutional means available to them, then proceed to hold the entire country fiscally hostage, by “shutting the government down” until they get their way…

Putting the reputation and faith of the country at risk in the eyes of the entire world…

Putting thousands of people out of work (even if only for a short time)…

Causing needed government services to be unavailable to people in our country…

Causing…

Well… by now, we know at least some of what the government shutdown caused to happen… and perhaps we know specific people who were affected by it in some way…

And who knows… maybe there are some of you who are reading this, who think the government shutdown was a terrific idea… that the elected officials who led the charge and succeeded in shutting government down did a wonderful and courageous thing as they boldly stood against the onslaught of public opinion and their fellow elected officials, because they stuck to their principles… or for whatever reason you might think it was a good thing to happen to our country and the people in it…

But be warned… the idea of government by “extorcracy” instead of by “democracy” is a bad precedent to set… and a worse one to admire and encourage…  it opens the door for any group of people in (or maybe even out of) government to use as a tactic to get their way…a shortcut, if you will, instead of using the ways and means built into our constitution…

I for one, prefer government by democracy…

 

 

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