Liberals about to get clobbered in midterm elections conclude democracy is outdated | Human Events

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How bad are things looking for Democrats in the midterm elections?  So bad that the New York Times ran an op-ed from a Duke professor musing that we should stop having midterm elections, because democracy is, like, totally outdated and stuff:

By Tuesday night about 90 million Americans will have cast ballots in an election that’s almost certain to create greater partisan divisions, increase gridlock and render governance of our complex nation even more difficult. Ninety million sounds like a lot, but that means that less than 40 percent of the electorate will bother to vote, even though candidates, advocacy groups and shadowy “super PACs” will have spent more than $1 billion to air more than two million ads to influence the election.

There was a time when midterm elections made sense — at our nation’s founding, the Constitution represented a new form of republican government, and it was important for at least one body of Congress to be closely accountable to the people. But especially at a time when Americans’ confidence in the ability of their government to address pressing concerns is at a record low, two-year House terms no longer make any sense. We should get rid of federal midterm elections entirely.

Odds that the New York Times would run this drivel if Democrats were poised to clean up in the midterms, hold the Senate, and retake the House: zero point zero percent.

There is a certain consistency between the “ditch the midterms” argument and the Left’s general souring on the notion of representative government.  The model they prefer is benevolent despotism, with a voting “safety valve” that legitimizes everything the benevolent despot does, by holding out the possibility that if the public strongly disagrees with his agenda or disapproves of his performance, they can vote him out of office.  This threadbare understanding of small-r republican ideals boils down to the childlike belief that people cannot be oppressed as long as they still have the ability to vote against their oppressors.  This is one of the most dangerously foolish beliefs of the modern era.

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