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Is voting anti-democratic?

    "Is Voting Anti-Democratic?"

    Can it be true that some politicians and their apologists secretly feel that whenever voters assert democratic control over their government, that's actually anti-democratic?

    Isn't that a blatant contradiction in terms? Citizen control of their government is the whole point and definition of democracy, isn't it? How dare I accuse the powers that be of such a blatant
    contradiction!?

    Ah, well, don't kill the messenger. I'm just a humble reporter here.

    It's Terry McAuliffe, top fundraiser for the Democrats and political strategist extraordinaire. See, the Democrats think they have a very hot topic in the California recall. Californians give Governor Gray Davis somewhere around a 20 or 21 percent approval rating. They're mad at him for lying about the state of the state's finances during his recent reelection campaign. Mad at him about that and a bunch of other things.

    But McAuliffe says, "This is a very dangerous game for the Republicans, no matter how this comes out. People don't like the idea of this anti-democratic activity. They'll be very angry . . . and you will see a massive mobilization either way in 2004."

    Well, sorry guy, this isn't quite the political bonanza you seem to think. But I guess the career politicians need some kind of strategy to pull the rug out from under the voters.

    Look, it's going to be a vote. A vote made possible by Californians' right of direct democracy. I think people in the rest of the country are going to say, Hey, good for them! How
    do we get this level of control over the politicians in my state?

    This is Common Sense. I'm Paul Jacob.

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