The recent hullabaloo over the Supreme Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act was typical for a media class focused on spectacle over substance. First, you must ignore the fact the high court is not vested by the Constitution with the unquestioned authority to strike down federal laws – everybody else in the country already does. Only then can you weigh in with an opinion.
Everywhere, the fourth estate was up in arms over an ostensibly crucial portion of the VRA struck down by activist, conservative judges. The liberally execrable Huffington Post declared the law now gutted. The equally repugnant Al “play to extremists” Sharpton said the ruling “canceled” Martin Luther King’s dream. And here I thought the philandering King simply wanted the color of a person’s skin to be a non-factor in personal judgement – not forcing the Deep South to grovel before Washington for changing its own election rules.
None of the indignation focused on the Court’s decision is based on facts or figures. As Chief Justice John Roberts pointed out during oral arguments, black turnout in the 2012 election was higher in Mississippi than in Massachusetts. Why that’s celebratable considering the magnolia state consistently ranks lowest in education, I have no idea. Now the black turnout rate might be a statistical error – or driven by homeboy Obama being at the top of the welfare party ticket – but the argument that an outdated clause of the VRA is unjustified is persuasive enough. Laws, when necessary, should not be the product of fashionable whims. They should be universally encompassing to humanity’s rational nature. The progressive attention-deficit disorder approach to lawmaking makes a mockery out of itself by constantly having to correct for previous mistakes.
Forcing the South to pay for the sins of the past is the stuff of jealous girlfriends – not a civilized society. Ending what Pat Buchanan calls the Second Reconstruction is probably a net positive if you believe in that whole “government should treat people equally” thing. The “preclearance” requirement of the VRA remains and states can still be punished for engaging in discriminatory behavior with voters. Congress just needs to update Section 4 of the act – which establishes historical tests – to reflect current conditions. In other words, the 535 liars now have an opening to impose whatever enriching scheme they can brainstorm next. The media outrage is nothing but sound and fury.
As liberals and conservatives are either celebrating the decision or calling it a crushing blow to the democratic process, I am totally apathetic to the whole ordeal. If you vehemently support full-participatory democracy, the decision rendered in Shelby County v. Holder seems like a tragedy. But little will actually change in terms of state-domination of the country. This was a mere hiccup in the in the quest for faux mob rule – where the underlings cast ballots and believe they have a voice as elite interests run the show. Where Congress is responsible with passing around a hundred laws per year, bureaucrats today take it upon themselves to formulate thousands of regulatory rules. These alterations to the Federal Register are the same as enforceable laws, except not subject to popular will.
There is hypocrisy abound when it comes to voting rights. The cultural Marxist types have a fetish for exalting phrases like “this is what Democracy looks like” and “one person, one vote.” Gays, women, minorities, the poor, eccentric religious worshipers, and the rest must all have an equal chance to step in the booth at least once a year. But why stop there? If democracy-lovers were adamant about their beliefs, then voting rights should be expanded to everyone. And that includes the most discriminated of all victims: children.
How dare advocates of universal suffrage not oppose age limits on the great jubilee of election day! If the government is going to pass laws that have a direct impact on kids, why shouldn’t they get a say in the matter? Lefties, and even some righties, are always babbling on about voting being a human right. Certainly they would agree that children are people too.
You might counter that children have yet to reach the stage of full actualization and they are incapable of making sound decisions. Nonsense I say. A majority – no, a super majority close to 90% – of current voters are either partisan dunces, or just plain dunces. They play indentity politics. Or, they vote for whoever promises them more stuff. As Mencken so rightfully put it, “if x is the population of the United States and y is the degree of imbecility of the average American, then democracy is the theory that x times y is less than y.”
Just look at slew of presidents America has seen in the past fifty years. Bumbling, arrogant, promiscuous, warmongering, elitist, paranoid, and needlessly vain could all describe the men who sat in the Oval Office. It goes without saying that all were, to some degree, sociopaths – less they would not be in the White House to begin with. Not one had a genuine interest in liberty while chief executive. I don’t see children any less capable of choosing between the sock puppets-for-leaders who are listed on the tops of ballots every four years. If progressives are going to get their panties in a bunch over blacks possibly losing the right to vote, I expect to hear some umbrage for kids who are barred from the ballot box despite being citizens.
It might be force-fed in public schools, but democracy is not some kind of end-all to human existence. The paternalistic republic envisioned by Plato was not perfect but at least he was right to distrust mob rule. America’s founding fathers were equally wary of the common man’s ability to govern society, but the constitutional republic they established has given way to the worst form of government: a welfare-warfare democracy run by unaccountable bureaucrats. The people vote for stolen benefits while ceding authority to a bunch of chronically indolent public servants.
Democracy is not just overrated, it empowers the worst of society to achieve power through lying, cunning, demagoguing, and promising the world to hapless audiences. Politicians get in and get out with payoffs firmly secured. Press regimists write ample copy praising the state while ignoring its transgressions. There is always someone around who wants to pick your pocket through government diktat. If the democratic process has to exist, better to let everyone – including children – participate. Allow the whole corrupting system eat itself in hopes that something better emerges on the other side.
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