Days of Change

The Laboratory of Democracy | June 26, 2015

As I type this post, WordPress has superimposed a rainbow banner above the edit window, no doubt to celebrate the national gay marriage decision. Unlike the Obamacare SOCTUSCare decision, there is considerably less opposition to gay marriage. I think that speaks to the nature of the laws. The ACA has large and obvious implications for increased premiums, regulation and choice for everyone. Gay marriage expands a legal process that already exists for normal couples. The downside is less obvious. Both decisions are wrong for the same reason.

John Roberts has let Obamacare stand multiple times now arguing that Congress should make law (or end it) and not the Court. It’s a ridiculous standard and it has been completely negated by the decision today. The fact that he voted against it is about as important as Republicans passing the same “End Obamacare” bill that is never signed but refusing to stop the flow of money until it is repealed. The Defense of Marriage Act is over and marriage does not exist anymore.

One of the dangers of every society is hubris. We assume that since we have “democracy,” we are superior to every other society in history. Ancient Rome was very sexually permissive. Caligula was rumored to have married his horse. They had a form of democracy where the upper class had the votes and the lower class were the slaves. Everyone else was placated with bread and circuses. Dictatorships have survived longer than rule by the citizenry.

Look at the United States. The first voters were land owners. They were also the only ones burdened with taxes. Not only did the US have taxation with representation, we had representation by those who were taxed. If the politicians you voted for spent too much, you would feel it and your recourse would be to vote for someone else. Now, most residents are citizens. The government has created a system where almost half the voters can be assured of free bread if they just vote for a particular candidate.

The worst part, however, is that neither Obamacare nor gay marriage are popular. Over 90% of the time, gay marriage fails under popular referendum. Obamacare has never exceeded 50% in polls and was much lower when it was passed. In the case of gay marriage, positive support is low, but hardly anyone wants to fight it. With Obamacare, every battle seems to make the result worse. The Republican opposition has been weak and ineffective. Just as dictatorships can yield to popular government, democracies can trade their liberty for comfort. This week democracy lost and oligarchy won.

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3 Comments

  1. Use a mobile to post. No rainbow…..but definitely not easier, either.

    Comment by 49erDweet — June 26, 2015 @ 11:24 pm

  2. Arrrgggggg….may we live in interesting times.

    Comment by insanitybytes22 — June 26, 2015 @ 11:38 pm

  3. Not only did the Court tell us today that sodomy is a constitutional right, but that the 10th Amendment is dead. Goodbye, Rights of States.

    I await the domino effect to topple the first nine.

    Comment by Mary — June 27, 2015 @ 1:14 am


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