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Itís time to hold voters accountable for their choices (BARF)
Washington Compost ^ | 05/20/2019 | Matthew A. Sears

Posted on 05/21/2019 8:07:00 AM PDT by DFG

Government accountability is an idea that draws bipartisan support: calls for more transparency and oversight of politicians and bureaucracies go over well with voters. But what about oversight of the people who put them in office? Democracies give power to the people — does anyone hold the people responsible for this power?

Not really, and that has long been a problem. Since its beginning in ancient Greece, democracy has faced a crisis of legitimacy when the people have not been held accountable for their exercise of sovereignty, allowing elites to dismiss democracy as mob rule. Today, defending our democracy begins with taking responsibility for votes cast at the ballot box each year.

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KEYWORDS: abuseofpower; democracy; fishingexpedition; harassment; politicalpersecution; sears; socialwarfare; washingtonpost
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1 posted on 05/21/2019 8:07:00 AM PDT by DFG
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To: DFG

Duh, I’M paying the price for what collectivists and people who crave tyranny’s boot vote for.


2 posted on 05/21/2019 8:11:39 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: DFG

Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?

— Bertoldt Brecht

(Which is what illegal immigration is about)


3 posted on 05/21/2019 8:12:47 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)
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To: DFG
Democracies give power to the people — does anyone hold the people responsible for this power?

Who would be this "anyone" ?

4 posted on 05/21/2019 8:13:07 AM PDT by Steely Tom ([Seth Rich] == [the Democrat's John Dean])
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“But what about oversight of the people who put them in office?”

GFY... that is the mentality of the authoritarian. It’s one way deal. We oversee government and give them limited power to accomplish a few tasks WE deep worthy.

You don’t “oversee” us....you bastards.


5 posted on 05/21/2019 8:13:25 AM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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To: DFG

Lefties DO NOT like to lose elections.


6 posted on 05/21/2019 8:16:22 AM PDT by Steely Tom ([Seth Rich] == [the Democrat's John Dean])
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To: DFG
" . . . democracy has faced a crisis of legitimacy when the people have not been held accountable for their exercise of sovereignty . . . "

What the hell is THAT supposed to mean? As Tucker Carlson (or was it Mark Steyn?) said last night, "In today's world, the elites are rising up against the masses," and that's what leads to this kind of drivel from the WaPo.
7 posted on 05/21/2019 8:16:59 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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Peaceful coexistence with these people is not possible. We need to stop pretending that it is.

L


8 posted on 05/21/2019 8:17:13 AM PDT by Lurker (Peaceful coexistence with the Left is not possible. Stop pretending that it is.)
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To: DFG

Every Democrat is a violent totalitarian thug.


9 posted on 05/21/2019 8:18:28 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: Steely Tom
"Who would be this "anyone" ?"

Precisely. Just what is he driving at?
10 posted on 05/21/2019 8:18:35 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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“Is it unreasonable to suggest that politicians who introduce flagrantly unconstitutional measures, such as a ban on immigrants based on religious criteria, or a law that would prosecute women for having a miscarriage or seeking an abortion in another state, face formal charges of introducing unlawful legislation? Likewise, perhaps if every single elected or appointed official had to submit to an audit at the hands of regular citizens (even, say, disclosing their tax returns), the propensity to corruption would be checked.”

And he wants people to confront and go after people who vote for people he doesn’t like such as Rep King or Trump.


11 posted on 05/21/2019 8:18:54 AM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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To: DFG

The author is a Canadian. So consider the source.


12 posted on 05/21/2019 8:21:14 AM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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...our democracy begins with taking responsibility for votes cast at the ballot box each year.

Exactly right!!

Conservative federal taxpayers should not have to bailout socialist dem states for their mistakes.

13 posted on 05/21/2019 8:21:32 AM PDT by frog in a pot (With each federal bailout taxpayers elsewhere in America finance the Left's growth.)
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To: DFG

Since its beginning in ancient Greece, democracy has faced a crisis of legitimacy....We are NOT a democracy. Period.


14 posted on 05/21/2019 8:22:15 AM PDT by Safetgiver (Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: DFG

Events hold us accountable for our choices.

Events, and God.
Nobody else is qualified.


15 posted on 05/21/2019 8:22:19 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: DFG

At the heart of it the author wants to prosecute Trump after he leaves office. I’ll bet the author would really like to punish all those who voted for/support Trump.


16 posted on 05/21/2019 8:23:40 AM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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“Is it unreasonable to suggest that politicians who introduce flagrantly unconstitutional measures, such as a ban on immigrants based on religious criteris . . . "

First of all, that is not blatantly unconstitutional. Secondly, Obama lost several 9-0 decisions in the Supreme Court. In fact, I think he had a worse record in the Supreme Court than any previous president. How's that for "blatantly unconstitutional"?
17 posted on 05/21/2019 8:23:54 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Steely Tom

What would be this Democracy crap?


18 posted on 05/21/2019 8:24:56 AM PDT by Vendome (I've Gotta Be Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB0ndRzaz2o)
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"" . . . democracy has faced a crisis of legitimacy when the people have not been held accountable for their exercise of sovereignty . . . "

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Of course the "people" are held accountable for their mistakes. With Obongo we suffered through eight years of economic decay and growth of the authoritarian deep state for the sin of electing him.

These cheerleaders for despots deserve to lose their jobs and be tossed out like Obongo did to hundreds of thousands of American workers with his Marxist plans of destruction for our nation and our social fabric.

19 posted on 05/21/2019 8:25:10 AM PDT by Sa-teef
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Don’t have to be a genius to see where the CrapPost is going with this ...

they’re trying to justify illegal fishing expeditions like the hunt for Trump’s tax returns

Their excuse? “We must hold our leaders accountable”

(where was this attitude when Benghazi happened??)


20 posted on 05/21/2019 8:26:15 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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