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Democratic Dereliction of Duty

February 22nd, 2011 2 comments

The current behavior of lawmakers in Wisconsin is a despicable dereliction of duty. And unfortunately, it seems our own Democrats in Indiana are joining this profligate party. Our entire political process is based upon the biblical premise of a representative government designed to express the general will of the people. This results in both a majority and minority party to express the diverse views of the electorate. We end up with differing viewpoints which leads to healthy debate and an open democratic legislative process. If the people don’t like the outcome, they change the majority in the next election cycle.

What we are currently witnessing by elected officials is a complete dereliction of duty. Instead of respecting the rule of law and the American political process, we see “let’s just take our ball and go home” approach which shuts down all meaningful discourse and destroys the democratic process. If the minority party is allowed to leave their legislative seats, and their state for that matter, every time they disagree with the majority party we would never get anything meaningful accomplished.

I suggest that we call it what it is – a dangerous, reckless, irresponsible dereliction of duty – and that we impose daily fines on those who choose to act as refugees, when in fact, they have been elected to be our representatives. Those who want to abandon their post for weeks on end should be promptly impeached.

Will someone please pass some meaningful legislation to make sure this ludicrous behavior doesn’t happen again? Unfortunately, our current set of leaders would probably transform into refugees before they’d allow that to happen.