Why Not A Referendum?

I know I’m jumping on the bandwagon late but that’s my personality flaw.  Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has me beat.  His personality flaw is that he talks so much that eventually he can’t help but put his foot in his mouth.  The darling of the Republican Party this week stated, “I think people would have been happy to have a referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets in the South.”  The GOP genius said this in comparison to putting a referendum for gay marriage on the ballot.

You would think that a popular politician like Governor Christie would study history or at a minimum know the type of government in the United States.  The government of the United States is a Constitutional Republic.  Look it up!  A true democracy means that we vote on everything.  In a republic we elect officials to represent us based on the laws that are established.  In the US the big one is the Constitution. Therefore we became a Constitutional Republic.  One of the very reasons the founding fathers went this direction was to protect minorities and minority interests.  Blacks, Latinos, women, homosexuals, the poor have the right to be protected from the tyranny of the majority.  Interestingly the “minority” groups that needed protected in 1776 were the wealthy capitalists and the revolutionaries themselves!

If we were a true democracy we could vote away taxes no matter what the Constitution says.  Maybe we could vote everyone a brand new Cadillac. I don’t see a lack of majority in either one of those referendums.  My fear is that if we begin to allow states to vote away individual freedoms eventually our country will do the same.  All people will become tyrannized by the majority.

 

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