Demand That Republicans Pledge To Support Democracy Or Get Out Of Politics

Demand Democracy

Every politician, member of the armed services, and public servant from postal carrier to dog catcher to school teacher is required to pledge to support and defend the United States Constitution. The problem with that requirement is it is ambiguous and dependent on the individual’s idea of what exactly “support the Constitution” even means. For dog’s sake, the conservatives on the Supreme Court can hardly support the Constitution as it was written, so it is absurd to expect politicians, particularly Republicans, to support a document they fundamentally disagree with when it comes to executing their duties of political office. However, although Republicans detest democracy, they certainly understand the principle behind it and instead of swearing an oath to support a document always open to interpretation, Americans should demand that all politicians pledge to support America’s democracy; or leave office forthwith.

First it is important to note that America’s democracy is a ‘representative democracy’ that means the people elect other people to represent their interests in government. Representative democracy also means one person, one vote and if that simple rule was adhered to by Republicans, a world of misery for the people, including a pathetically dysfunctional government, would cease to exist. Although it took over two-hundred years to enable all Americans’ to participate in the democratic process, it did in fact work relatively well until 2000 when the Supreme Court decided they, and not the people, determined who would be president. The nation, and its representative democracy has, and will, never be the same; all due to a few judges who swore to uphold and interpret the U.S. Constitution, but not America’s democracy informing that as de facto Republican politicians, conservatives on the High Court must also be required to pledge to support democracy or be removed from the bench.

If one ponders, even briefly, what the condition of America would be had a requirement for Supreme Court Justices to support democracy or be removed been in effect in 2000, it obviously would be a different country. There would be no Citizens United ruling that helped eviscerate the one person, one vote principle in a representative democracy. There would also still be a working Voting Rights Act to guarantee that Republicans in former Confederate states were forbidden to enact veritable Jim Crow laws and poll taxes to disenfranchise minority voters. This sad pathetic “representative democracy” would also not have a need for campaign finance laws because one person, one vote would eliminate the flood of corporate cash buying politicians to serve the interests of the few and not the masses. Imagine too, that if politicians truly supported democracy or faced immediate removal from office, they would not gerrymander their districts to guarantee that representative democracy did not work for the people.

Even though the Supreme Court and Republicans have all but crippled America’s representative democracy because they support the Constitution, but not democracy, it is still not too late to demand a new oath to support democracy as a requirement to serve in all levels and all capacities of government. Demanding that politicians, especially  Republicans, and all federal judges sign a pledge supporting democracy or be removed with extreme prejudice is not a new idea by any means. Last December a coalition of working-families, activists, the Postal Workers union (APWU), AFT, and Jobs with Justice confronted members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) at an annual meeting and asked them to sign a pledge “upholding the will of the people and support democracy, or leave their states.”

Obviously ALEC members, authors of each and every anti-democracy voter suppression law and Republican-state statute empowering corporate fascism, refused to sign the pledge to support democracy. But in refusing they did reveal that their raison d’être is, if not destroying, opposing democracy according to the will of their Koch funders and Republicans doing the will of the Kochs. The will of the people, or representative democracy, has never been an appealing prospect to ALEC, the Kochs, or for the past 14 years, Republicans that have successfully decimated America’s once-storied and revered democracy.

This country has not had a representative democracy since 2,000, and it all began with the Supreme Court’s appointment of George W. Bush as president despite he was not the people’s choice according to one person, one vote. History will not look kindly on that one auspicious act of authoritarianism on the part of the High Court that, like ALEC members, refused to uphold the will of the people and support democracy that put the country on the path of corporate fascism that sadly, no new pledge or oath of office is ever going to alter. Still, it is incumbent on every American to go to the polls and participate in the democratic process. Because at the rate corrupt Republicans, conservatives on the  Supreme Court, and Koch brothers’ ALEC are destroying democracy, it may well be the last pretense of a representative democracy they will ever participate in or this nation witnesses.



13 Replies to “Demand That Republicans Pledge To Support Democracy Or Get Out Of Politics”

  1. For Republicans and Conservatives to pledge to uphold and defend Democracy would be the end of their party. They have no reason to uphold and defend any thing that will ultimately lead to their downfall and eventual destruction. WE must do it for them, WE MUST destroy them for the sake of America, Democracy and human dignity.

  2. The way to a Republican’s power is through Christianity. Nix tax preferences for Religion and we knock out both the ChristoCreeps and the GOPperCreeps,

  3. I agree Derrick that the Christian Reich needs to have it’s power squelched. The problem is that given the amount of power they have now if we tax the churches then they have a legitimate stake in our government because they will be contributing funds to the treasury. As it stands the Christian Reich and all other religious entities have power that is not proportionate to the amount of good they do, but is rather used for dominion and legislation to increase their power to the detriment of this nation. Religious power must be crippled and relegated to the role that our Declaration of Independence and Bill of rights set out in the beginning.

  4. If republikans win the house and senate que impeachment all day every day . republicans cannot govern they can only negatively impact and blame others for the problems they create ;if people haven’t seen it by now we deserve whats going to happen. they are bought and sold subsidiaries of the Koch brothers industry.

  5. America is not a Democracy. America is a Federalist Republic. A Representative Democracy.
    Maybe that’s the problem. Too many Americans have no idea what system of government they live in.

  6. You are EXACTLY correct. Our children have not had proper “civics” taught to them in decades. The government does not want them to know how the government of a federalist republic is supposed to be run. All the more reason to push back on our schools to disengage from the federal department of education mandates and go back to teaching our children properly, instead of teaching within the bounds of a “testing criteria” for federal funding.

  7. A Bad Idea Gets Worser
    The worst idea in American politics is the proposed Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. The second-worst idea is an elected judiciary. I am thinking seriously of flipping the order because the BBA now exists only in the fevered imaginations of people like Joni Ernst, while the elected judiciary actually is up and operating in too many of the states, and it is having real world consequences, and it has become yet another way for the power of money to corrupt the political commonwealth. To deny this, you’ve got to be a fool or Anthony Kennedy. But, I repeat myself.
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  8. PinkeyT, I went to school in the 60’s and 70’s and the “federalist” school system worked very well thank you. The problem is not the “federalist or the Dept. of Education, the problem is Conservatives legislating killing all funding for schools and Bible thumpers trying to corrupt the curriculum with lies and dogma. Todays civics classes have been over run with conservatives and conservative revisionist books.

  9. Republicans only claim to support the Constitution. With the singular exception of the 2nd Amendment (bought and paid for by the NRA), though, they’re perfectly happy to trample all over it.

    There’s a huge swath of America that’s doing its best, legislatively, to deny the vote to voters with whom they disagree.

  10. Goes to show how well right-wing propaganda works on the low-IQers in this country.

    Just because the United States is officially a Republic, doesn’t negate the fact that it’s a democracy, too. One doesn’t automatically cancel out the other, Brainiac. Um – DUH.

  11. There’s a huge swath of America that’s doing its best, legislatively, to deny the vote to voters with whom they disagree.

    That’s the strategy of dictators which makes Republicans dictators in heart and soul.

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