Back in the 18th century, political reformer Henry Fox was advocating giving the vote to more people. But only, he insisted, to what he called ‘the better sort’. Not ‘the mob or the mere dregs of the people’. Heaven forbid!
Questions are being asked in high places about whether ordinary voters are fit to make decisions on major issues.
As a result, democracy — the cornerstone of our way of life — is being undermined, its very survival put at risk. Its modern enemies are mustering from all corners — but most worryingly from the Left, the very area where its stoutest defenders should be.
As a long-standing person of the Left, I fear that democratic freedoms are now in danger of being abandoned as elitists in our midst attempt to restrict them.
Every serious politician and thinker declares his or her belief in democracy. Yet, in practice, they seek to separate power from the people. The mantra has become ‘I’m a democrat, of course, but …’
Over Brexit, this profoundly insidious attitude was exemplified by John Major, former Tory prime minister, who denied the referendum result was binding and declared: ‘The tyranny of the majority has never applied in a democracy.’
Some of us might naively have imagined that majority rule was the very essence of democracy. But not, it seems, when millions vote against the wishes of a tiny political elite.
was, of course, George Orwell in his 1945 novel Animal Farm, who described how ‘All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.’
Fast-forward to today and we find many Remainers similarly convinced that anyone who voted to leave the EU is too stupid to have the vote. The response was the same in America when voters failed to elect Hillary Clinton.
Trump’s victory, one U.S. professor declared, was ‘the dance of the dunces’, the result of ‘uneducated, low-information white people’ being given the vote. He added: ‘Democracy is supposed to enact the will of the people. But what if the people have no clue what they’re doing?’
The fury against the 17.4 million UK voters who dared to back Brexit — and the 62 million Americans who had the temerity to vote for Trump — brings frightening anti-democratic poisons bubbling to the surface of our societies.
The sheer bile that erupted from political and cultural elites in Britain after the Brexit vote revealed a deep-seated contempt for the people and for democracy. The Establishment reacted as if the ground had disappeared from beneath their feet. How could this have happened?
The left just cannot accept defeat. The people spoke now we have Trump and this is a low blow to all those elite's
I'm convinced if we administered "literacy tests" like white Democrats did to blacks in the Jim Crow era, then most Democrats - black and white - would NOT BE ALLOWED TO VOTE.
Imagine the irony!!!
"Don't need no stinkin' Voter ID!!!"
I'm with you, a written Civics Test, and an American Birth Certificate as I.D. Poll Tax!!!
Perhaps not always too stupid, but indoctrinated in large government is good. Also not wanting to take responsibility for their own lives.
I guess that all those dunces out in the street for them would not be able to vote as they know nothing about our Republic or even who there representatives are. If the Globalist want to rule so badly, they should attempt to accomplish their goals by taking over these third world countries and attempt to be the new dictator in charge there.
I just have to state this again and again we are a REPUBLIC!!!!!!!
We are locked and loaded, if they think we are to stupid to vote let us show them we are intelligent enough to use a gun, and proud enough to fight.
America is not a democracy, it is a Republic for which it stands. Ever wonder how our founding fathers had so much wisdom? The audacity of them to have the foresight to prevent the commie leftists from getting control of this country through shear mob rule.
i wonder how many that want only certain people to be able to vote oppose voter id laws
There is an operation underway to take over America. Obama started with filling cabinet positions with socialist left and was to be completed with Hillary, but something went terribly wrong...Trump. Now they have to demonize Trump to get another Dem into the WH.