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Feb 25 2014

The ADA’s Amusing Contradictions

The American Decency Association is a tiny non-profit — a PO Box and a small number of cranks, really — located about an hour from where I live. In the world of Christian right non-profits, they’re truly a bottom feeder. But they can pump out the ignorant and self-contradictory nonsense with the best of them.

The schools have “dumbed down” our children and have changed our history. No longer do they know we are a CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC, if you ask anyone, MOST will say we are a democracy. We are a CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC, not a democracy; and there’s a world of difference between the two…

Perhaps a simplistic definition of “Republic” and “Democracy” would be as follows: A Republic is representative government ruled by law (the Constitution). A democracy is direct government ruled by the majority (mob rule). A Republic recognizes the inalienable rights of individuals while democracies are only concerned with group wants or needs (the public good).

That isn’t just simplistic, it’s wrong. But we’ll run with that definition for the purposes of this discussion. A republic recognizes the inalienable right of individuals rather than majority rule. And then we’ll fast forward a couple paragraphs:

Recently in Virginia an Attorney General and an activist judge, appointed by President Obama, put their personal feelings and opinions above the marriage laws of Virginia that affirm marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In 2006 the people of Virginia, with a 57% vote, amended their constitution upholding natural marriage…

Virginian Delegate Robert G. Marshall stated, “Legislating through the courts against the will of the people is lawless disregard for our representative form of government.”

So democracy is a terrible thing because it allows a majority to impose on the rights of individuals. But overturning the “will of the people” who voted by a 57% majority to eliminate the individual rights of gay people, that’s terrible too. Because the majority wants that law. Not the sharpest bulbs in the sign, the folks at ADA.

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    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    @Trebuchet:

    I like the scene in Toy Story 3 where one character says of another, “He’s not the sharpest knife in the . . . place where they . . . keep the knives.”

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    John Pieret

    They conveniently forget the CONSTITUTIONAL part when they don’t like it.

    They aren’t the sharpest butter knives in the drawer.

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    Al Dente

    Actually ADA, the US is a constitutional representative democratic republic. Too many conservatives and libertarians forget about two of those words.

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    Michael Heath

    We are a liberal democracy and also a constitutional republic, they’re not mutually exclusive.

    Of course this group must deny the liberal democracy fact, just like they deny a whole bunch of other facts.

    I recall when bringing this point up back when Newt Gingrich was largely successfully turning the word liberal into pejorative that the framers weren’t merely liberal but radically liberal. To the point the arguments they made back then are still framed as radical now by Newt Gingrich, Bill O’Reilly and other rightwing demagogues. The response was that the framers were “classical liberals” whereas today’s liberals are of a different species (not).

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    leonardschneider

    “I told you, we’re an anarcho-syndicalist commune, which, taken in turns, to act as a sort of executive officer for the week. But, all the decisions of that officer have to be ratified at a special bi-weekly meeting by a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs, but by a two-thirds majority in the case of….”

    (Sorry, I had to.)

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    had3

    I’m being oppressed!!!

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    njosprey

    “Help! Help! Come see the repression in the system!”
    Dennis the Peasant

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    dono

    I believe Dennis actually said to come see the *violence* inherent in the system. But point taken.

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    freehand

    So, if democracies have no laws, how do its citizens know that the majority rules? Isn’t that a law?

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