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Tyranny Of The Minority

I'm Katherine Curtis and this, is a Naked News Commentary.

We don't always agree with our government, nor do we always agree with the majority of the population on an issue or in a vote. Even in a democracy, many of us don't get the government we voted for - we get the government the majority voted for. And that's the essential nature of democracy - that while everyone gets to have their say, ultimately the will of the minority must give way to the will of majority.

That is why what's happening in the US is, at least in my opinion, tyranny of the minority. Those Republicans who tried to hold up essential funding legislation in order to derail the Affordable Care Act - the ACA - were trying to force their will on the majority of Americans, and were holding the country hostage while doing so.

My opinion of the ACA doesn't matter, although having grown up with a publicly-funded medical system, it's hard for me to imagine not having one. It's up to Americans to decide if they want to fundamentally change how their healthcare system is run. And I believe that Americans have decided. Firstly, the Act was passed by the Congress of the United States and signed into law by the President. Secondly, it was tested in the Supreme Court of the United States and found to be legal and constitutional. And third, Americans re-elected the President who proposed and helped pass this legislation. That's why it's commonly referred to as Obamacare.

For a few rogue Congressmen to shut down large parts of the government, and put hundreds of thousands of people out of work - while they themselves continued to get paid - was not civil disobedience. It was simple obstructionism and is, in my opinion, an insult to a democratic society.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt summed it up this way. "Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not the President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country."

Well, I believe most Americans voters have spoken and a small minority of Congressmen going rogue is an injustice to the people of America and the principles of democracy. They are not just badly damaging their country and its economy. They are also in danger of irrevocably harming the workings of their democratic system. These recalcitrant Congressmen need to remember that in a democracy, you don't always get what you want.

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