Former Speaker Speaks Out Against (Republican) Elections
Over on the Corner at National Review, Brian Bolduc has a piece about a speech given by former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. In that speech Rep Pelosi said that “Elections shouldn’t matter as much.” As much as I hate to say it, and I’ll probably have to wash my mouth out with soap after typing this (?), I think the she’s right. Though, doubtlessly for different reasons.
In the government established by our Constitution, the federal government was intended to play a very limited role. Until less then a hundred years ago the idea that federal intrusion would touch every aspect of your life was absurd. Today, when the apparatus of federal over-reach extends to determining the light bulbs you buy and controlling the amount of water flowing through your toilet, elections do matter much more than they ought to.
I am in favor of a system (conveniently enough, one provided for by the foundational laws of our nation) in which whom we elect does not significantly alter the course of our country because those people we put in office are constrained by the letter and spirit of our most fundamental law. In many ways, under such a system, the course of the country remains fixed, towards freedom and prosperity, and cannot easily be steered away from it.
So yes Madame Pelosi, lets move back to a time when the power of those elected, people like you, is sharply limited, and elections don’t matter so much anymore.
Mr. Bolduc’s post can be found here.
For some video of Mrs. Pelosi’s speech head over to Real Clear Politics.