Politics

The Pro Abortion Problem With Representative Democracy

They're not fond of it.

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We live in a republic. That republic has a political system based on representative democracy. In such, as opposed to direct democracy, decisions on issues are taken by those we elect to office. Sorry for being Captain Obvious.

I lay this base of fire to illustrate the main reason the left and Democrats are livid about the Supreme Court overturning Roe. It has nothing to do with women. The left treats women, as it does other groups, with coarse theatrics to provoke them and then they use the subsequent irrationality to political ends.

It has nothing to do with alleged rights, as abortion will probably still be available in most American states and right across the border of pro-life states. No doubt left wing Uber and a woke hotel chain will provide free transportation and lodging to women seeking abortions in other states.

It has nothing to do with personal control of a person’s body, as the left-wing and Democrats were quite enthusiastic to control bodies during Covid.

It has everything to do with the difference between judicial fiat and representative democracy. The left loved Roe because it gave liberal lawyers the opportunity to bypass the ballot box and rule by decree. As authoritarians, that is their preferred method of government. Why should pesky voters get in the way of those who know best, right?

But with this overthrow of a legally irrational law the decision returns to the states and thus to state legislators who are directly elected by voters. Well, the left isn’t happy about that. The same groups that touted the democratic process in the 2020 presidential election and clutch their pearls over the supposed threat to democracy that was posed by the J6 riot (a J5 riot would have been much more entertaining), now disdain the exercise of the franchise as a dangerous development in the history of America.

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In this tantrum they show their true colors and any and all protestations by them should be ignored as the frothing of a losing team. In fact, as conservatives, the madder the left gets the more it should confirm to us that we’re on the right track. However, the Roe kerfuffle brings up a greater question that I have posed before in this publication and others.

Notice the vehemence of the left on this. Hear their cries about burning down the Supreme Court. Listen to them threaten the lives of Supreme Court justices and glare at how they took the Arizona Senate hostage. Are these people capable of engaging in rational discourse? Do they have any concept of freedom or liberty under law? Have they any loyalty to the Constitution?

Thus, doesn’t this speak to a basic disconnect between the rational and irrational in American politics? Are we actually one country anymore or are we ideologically warring tribes with little in common except geography? As such, shouldn’t there be a reform of the American polity in both system and geography that recognizes these unbridgable differences? This is a realization that may not come easily. Nevertheless, it is a question that must be faced.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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Donald
Donald
1 month ago

Abortion is MURDER. nobody has a right to kill

joemama
joemama
1 month ago

So expound on the “question”. What is the purposed reform? You are entirely right. Beyond moving to a blue or red state based on political affiliation as being the only viable solution to the coming civil war, I don’t see any answer. I gotta move!!!

CITIZEN
CITIZEN
1 month ago

When the lack of knowledge rear its ugly head yhose that listen to that do not really understand what occurred. The only thing ther overturn did was send the ruling back to the state. If you do not like your current state law on abortion, vote to change. Now that is the majority rules.