Minority rule

The healthcare debate should remind you of a trend in this country. One that is downright dangerous to society’s health. More and more we suffer minority rule.

That is, the rules are set by the minority. The majority has to live by those rules, like it or not.

If these healthcare bills become law we will have to live by a healthcare system only 32 percent of us favored. About 85 percent of us say we are happy with our healthcare now. Yet all of us will bear the burden of the taxes of a new system. We all will have to hack our way through the jungle of regulations this monstrosity will create. (I believe there will be 150 or so new bureaucracies set up to administer this creature.)  The huge majority that did not want these reforms will have to live by and pay for them. 

A minority of Americans favor cap and trade legislation. That would snarl our energy markets. A minority want it. If it passes, a majority would pay the price for it.

All of us also pay for importing most of our oil, of course. All of us shell out money to insidious oil suppliers who use the money to undermine our culture.

We have massive pools of oil within our borders and offshore. Yet our congress has put most of it off limits. Does a majority of the American people favor these restrictions? Not at all. Nearly 70 percent of us favor offshore drilling. Once again, we have written laws that favor a minority and ignore the wishes of the majority.

You have seen the attacks on Christmas over the years. No crèches on public property. No religious symbols on a city building. Kids in public school chastised for mentioning the birth of Christ. The attacks are endless. Public officials dare not mention Christmas any more. Tis the “Holiday Season”, not Christmas.

Is this how a majority of Americans feel we should treat Christmas?  I don’t think so. About 66 percent of us celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday.

I can imagine what the majority would say about the ridiculous lengths we go to to smother all mention of God, a deity, the Ten Commandments. It is only a tiny minority of Americans (8 percent) who do not believe in God. All these silly restrictions are for their satisfaction. Again, the majority must succumb to the minority’s wishes.

About 83 percent of us believe public schools should celebrate religious holidays. Try getting your local school to do so.

So my question is, why do our lawmakers repeatedly write laws that do more than protect the interests of those in the minority?  They write laws that cater to them and ignore the wishes of the majority.

Why do our leaders and courts allow bureaucrats to write reams of regulations that clearly go against the wishes of the majority of Americans?

Richard Nixon talked about a “Silent Majority” many years ago. People in a minority have learned how to game the system. They have learned how to get their hands on the levers of power. The majority has to put up with what the minority favors. And the majority is pretty much silent. 

More is the pity.

From Tom ... as in Morgan.                  

For more columns and for Tom’s radio shows (and to write to Tom): tomasinmorgan.com.

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