AWOL Dems defy ballot box

What they are saying is that the people no longer have the right to use the ballot box to decide the direction of their government.

Nolan Finley
The Detroit News

…Instead of staying on the field to defend their positions, Democratic lawmakers in both states fled to neighboring Illinois, where they hope to win with their absence what they couldn’t at the ballot box — namely, the right to control policymaking.

Without the Democrats, the legislatures don’t have the required quorums to pass budget measures, including cutting pay and benefits for public workers.

The lawmakers in exile call this a defense of democracy. In truth, it’s a step toward anarchy. If it catches on as a practice, it will officially end government by, of and for the people.

It’s part of a disturbing trend by Democrats to embrace a by-any-means-necessary approach to governing. We saw it during passage of Obamacare, when the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate blew up the rules to block a filibuster. In Massachusetts, Democrats used after-the-fact law changes in a failed attempt to keep a Republican from succeeding Ted Kennedy.

Obama trashed bankruptcy law to move the United Auto Workers ahead of General Motors’ and Chrysler’s secured creditors. And his regulatory agencies are bypassing Congress to enact policies he knows the elected representatives would never approve.

The strategy exposes the arrogant liberal conviction that they are justified in imposing their will on the people, because only they know what’s best for America…

The complete article is at The Detroit News

H/T Instapundit

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