Democracy is under assault, but not in the manner presented by the New York Times. Not surprisingly, the op-ed pages of the nation’s leading advocate for liberal opinion have opined that the demonstrations against Governor Scott Walker’s fight to rein in spending in Wisconsin was akin to the uprising in Egypt. Paul Krugman, never one to shy away from controversy, argued that Gov. Walker was trying “to make Wisconsin — and eventually, America — less of a functioning democracy and more of a third-world-style oligarchy.”
Even less surprising, the blog posts from the Huffington Post were teeming with calls for solidarity with the demonstrators in Madison. Howard Schweber, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, wrote, “It’s not about the money. It has never been about the money.” He continued, “It's about ‘democracy,’ and it's not really a coincidence that every petty tyrant you have ever heard of from Latin America to the Middle East started by crushing the trade unions.”
In essence, the left leaning media is describing the actions of the democratically elected legislators of Wisconsin and Governor Scott Walker as tyrannical and a threat to democracy. The problem with their argument is that what is occurring in Wisconsin, and increasingly around the country, is a byproduct of the democratic process itself. They may not like to admit it, but the Democratic party’s agenda lost.
Last November, the American people soundly repudiated the consistent tax and spend policies of the Democratic party, handing it severe losses in the United States congress as well as the nation’s respective state houses. The legislative activity currently embroiling Wisconsin and Ohio, designed to curb the influence of public sector unions, are the very consequences of democracy. The Democratic party should heed the warnings of November and tread carefully as they continue to subvert the will of the voters in the MidWest.
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