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Hey Hey, Ho Ho — Democracy Has Got to Go

My New York Post column today deals with one of the underlying issues of what’s been going on in Wisconsin: the Left’s refusal to accept the results of the 2010 election. I’m not surprised; they’ve been acting like spoiled, petulant children since I first encountered them in 1967, and believe me, they have not improved with age:

Let’s call this what it is: a campaign to nullify the 2010 election, by a sore-loser party that doesn’t like the results.

The Democrats are trying to cast themselves as the heroes — noble prisoners of conscience engaged in an act of civil disobedience by denying Walker a quorum so the vote can be held. But, like the sheriff played by Cleavon Little in “Blazing Saddles,” the gun at their heads is being held in their own hands.

But this fight is no longer simply about Walker’s attempt to balance Wisconsin’s wobbly budget, or even about whether public-employee unions ought to have the right to collective bargaining — they shouldn’t, and in fact they shouldn’t even exist, as FDR himself warned.

It’s now about whether we are to have an orderly democracy or legislative and executive anarchy, whether elections can be delegitimized and even overturned by the daily plebiscites of the polls, by the flouting of sacred oaths of office and by the trampling on the laws of the state.

What the Democrats are doing in Wisconsin is more than just a disgrace. It’s a danger to our republican form of government, a formula for permanent, no-holds-barred combat long after the polls have closed and the people have spoken.

The Cold Civil War continues apace. As I said on the Corner on election night 2008, this is an unlovely party, filled with unlovely people. They’re doing us all a big favor by letting the Tolerance mask slip, and giving us a glimpse of the skull beneath the skin.

Michael Walsh — Mr. Walsh is the author of the novels Hostile Intent and Early Warning and, writing as frequent NRO contributor David Kahane, Rules for Radical Conservatives.


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