Tyranny of minority rule

Thanks to a small minority of ideological fanatics, the United States Congress has hijacked the government and driven it off a cliff.

Europeans, gazing in horror across the pond, are wondering who’s steering the ship of state and whether it will fetch up on a reef like the Costa Concordia, taking the global economy down with it.

Government by minority decree is anti-democratic, counter-productive and highly dangerous. Even Republican President William McKinley, while still a member of Congress, condemned it. “The tyranny of the minority is infinitely more odious and intolerable and more to be feared than that of the majority,” he warned. “… they (the minority) will either rule or ruin, although they are in the minority.”

The will to ruin seems to be the order of the day. We think our own Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, summed up the situation pretty well in a statement released earlier this week.

“There is no reason for us to be in this situation. Our government is closed because 40 or so radical Tea Party Republicans refuse to vote for any funding bill that doesn’t delay or defund the Affordable Care Act. This is a fight they’ve lost nearly 50 times in Congress, in a national election, and in the United States Supreme Court. Keeping the government shut down because Democrats want to make sure people can buy affordable health insurance is a thoughtless disregard for responsible governance and the people we serve.

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