Democrat wants to suspend elections for Congress

29 Sep

 

This is a few days old, but worth mentioning.  North Carolina Democrat Governor Bev Perdue spoke to a group of people in her state and said that she thought we should just “suspend” the upcoming elections for Congress next November.

“You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things. I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”

That tells us a lot.  Does anyone actually believe that if Democrats thought they are going to do well in the 2012 elections that they would be saying something like this?

Great point here from Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:

“Let’s put this in perspective. We have had a number of depressions, including the Great Depression, in our history. We fought two world wars and a decades-long Cold War against an existential threat. During all of these times, the US held its normal Congressional elections. In 1862, Republicans lost 22 seats in the midterm elections, and in 1864, Lincoln faced a tough challenge to continue his role as Commander in Chief. Both elections took place in the middle of the Civil War, while hundreds of thousands of Americans were dying on battlefields. Comparatively speaking, this is just a rough patch in the road.

We don’t put aside democracy in tough times. In fact, the tougher the times, the more accountability we need from our government, not less. As my friend and radio partnerMitch Berg wrote, “The dumb part? That a bunch of politicians, relieved of the pressure of having to justify their political existences to voters, would “solve” anything.” Any politician arguing that our government needs less or no accountability to its constituents and citizens is a politician whose constituents should send into ignominious retirement at the first possible moment.”

It appears that Obama’s former director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter Orzag is worried as well.  He recently wrote a piece titled “Too Much of a Good Thing:  Why we need less democracy.”  In it he states:

“To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.”

When Democrats are in power and see people revolting against their policies, it’s time for “less democracy” or suspending Congressional elections to get around it.  I guess it never crosses their mind to put forward policies that people are in favor of….

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