Democracy is amazing
I don’t know why I take such a fascination in Mr. Nicewicz’s columns, but I sincerely do. And, it’s nice to see him give at least a cursory acknowledgement of the beauties that our democratic system exhibits in this country (even if he disagrees with the results). However, I still have this deep-down feeling that he doesn’t appreciate it fully.
Admittedly, we both feel a bit of despair over the election results. As a conservative Republican, I watched in horror at the results from Tuesday night. However, I respect them for what they are – the will of my fellow Americans as expressed in their votes. I may not like it, but that’s how decisions are made.
Moreover, that is the most wonderful part of our democracy. I don’t like the results of Nov. 7, but I can change them (and in 2008, I plan to). However, my counterparts on the left can as well. I don’t complain about results out of respect for the opinion of the majority, even if my “rights” as a minority are trampled as a result.
I say that with a smirk, though, because my rights have not been trampled at all. Our democratic system doesn’t protect an absolute right of the minority to be free from the decision-making of the majority; our democratic system protects the minority’s rights to garner a majority for themselves in the future. In other words, the rights of the minority that are protected are to express their opinion and seek opportunities for change, not to be free from what the majority deems reasonable and correct as governing rules and laws.
Essentially, that means the right of Mr. Nicewicz as a “minority” in this situation are the same as mine – to rail against what he thinks is a bad decision and fight to change it. However, don’t feel pity or remorse over a decision to which you do not agree. While that may be your right, I don’t feel it’s a productive use.
After all, since my party is technically the minority now, Mr. Nicewicz, I won’t be sitting around wishing Nancy Pelosi would just respect my views and protect my “right” to be free of her decisions. I’ll be out making sure she doesn’t have that office in two years.
2004 CSU alumnus