Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Down with Democracy

I really hate this damn picture.  For one thing, it promotes the unsafe handling of firearms.  The only gun that should ever be used to drive nails is a nail-gun.  Even worse, it serves as propaganda for the cult of democracy. 

The ethos of a republic is conservative, and promotes careful deliberation grounded in the traditions of our fathers.  In contrast, the spirit of a democracy, as exemplified by this sign, is anarchic, and encourages "free" citizens to vote for whatever or whomever feels good at the moment.

Notice, the sign says, "vote as you please."  It does not say "vote for what is good," or "vote for what is just," or "vote for what is reasonable."  Such absolutist sentiments are not welcome in the modern egalitarian West, where everyone's ideas are equally worthy and thus equally worthless.

The relativism espoused on the top part of the sign is especially dangerous when combined with the  imperative to VOTE found in block letters on the bottom.  It is an idea nearly universally held in Western nations that everyone who is eligible to vote should do so, yet this notion is absurd on its face.  Some will insist that they do not really want everyone to vote, but only "informed" voters.  In practice, this is a pretty shallow requirement.  Barack Obama is an informed voter.  Nancy Pelosi is an informed voter.  The NARAL board of directors is doubtless composed of informed voters.  An informed voter is simply someone who can present some sort of reason for their policy positions and can properly identify which candidates are most closely aligned with those positions.  We need good voters, not voters who are merely informed.

A good voter believes in the moral natural law, and acknowledges that just positive law (the law of the state) is nothing more than the limited application of the natural law.  A good voter understands the difference between civil rights granted by the state and natural rights derived from human dignity, and understands that there is no natural right to do wrong.  A good voter knows that true justice consists not of treating all equally, but in treating everyone equally to the degree that they are equal.  A good voter honors his ancestors, and considers the opinions not only of the living, but also of the dead.  A good voter understands that by acting as a part of the state, he wields power over the life, liberty, and property of his fellow citizens, and will vote cautiously, careful not to abuse that power.  A good voter recognizes that the fundamental unit of society is neither the individual nor the collective, but the family, with which the state must not be allowed to interfere.  These are among the most important attributes of a good voter and a good citizen.

There are plenty of citizens who fail to meet this standard and yet are decent people.  Such people can do much that is good, but when election time comes around they ought to do their civic duty and stay home.


  1. "A good voter honors his ancestors" paraphrasing Chesterton I see.

    1. I really like his line about the "oligarchy of the living" and the "democracy of the dead."

  2. Have to add a few quotes from John Adams:
    "We may please ourselves with the prospect of free and popular governments. But there is great danger that those governments will not make us happy. God grant they may. But I fear that in every assembly, members will obtain an influence by noise, not sense. By meanness, not greatness. By ignorance, not learning. By contracted hearts, not large souls.”

    “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

    "Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.”

    While there are so many more I could share I will end with this quote which is 1 of my favorites:

    "I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a disgrace, that two become a law firm, and that three or more become a congress.”

  3. T-Money Jeffer$onJuly 17, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    I'll cut you.

  4. Voting is the lex orandi to liberalism's lex credendi. Elections are not so much about choosing our rulers but as about taking liberalism as a given and building social consensus around it. Not that there's anything necessarily wrong with social consensus. Obviously there must be some if the government is to accomplish its mission of working for the common good. There may be occasions when we have a duty to vote, i.e. for California's Proposition 8 (for all the good it did us, ha.) Most of the time it's about choosing between a left-liberal or a right-liberal.

    I think it's ironic that liberals tend to be passionately in favor of both getting as many warm bodies into the polling booths as possible and the separation of Church and State. By turning politics into this vast mass participatory religious ritual, what they're actually demanding is the separation of every voter from the Church, something which is still proceeding apace.

    1. "By turning politics into this vast mass participatory religious ritual, what they're actually demanding is the separation of every voter from the Church, something which is still proceeding apace."

      Exactly. Though the left may claim human nature to be malleable, humans need faith and ritual. We have faith in democracy and perform the ritual of the polling booth to prove our civic virtue.