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Friday, April 02, 2010

I wonder if "American Idiot" is set in Utah?
Posted by Jill | 5:40 AM
It isn't that Utah has a patent on American idiocy, it just seems that way sometimes:
Some Utah County parents are calling on the Alpine School District to stop spreading "false educational ideas." First and foremost, the parents say, the district needs to clamp down on its use of the D-word: "democracy."

This week, a spokeswoman for Utah's Republic, a group that advocates for a strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, asked the Alpine Board of Education to scrap its democracy-centered mission statement. The issue has sparked a dust-up over the past month, garnering petition signatures from hundreds of Alpine parents and a rebuke of the school board by the Provo Daily Herald's editorial board.

Alpine's mission statement is "Educating all students to ensure the future of our democracy."

But this nation is a republic, not a democracy, said Oak Norton, a Highland father of five and the founder of Utah's Republic. The Constitution guarantees every state a "republican form of government." "Karl Marx said, 'Democracy is the road to socialism,' " Norton said. A true democracy, he said, relies solely on majority rule and inevitably devolves into anarchy, which then sprouts socialist dictators.

The term "democracy" is commonly used to refer to American society and the power of the people to participate in government, including through votes on ballot measures and representatives, said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics..

"Technically the United States is a constitutional republic," he said. "However, leaders from both [political] parties have often referred to us as a democracy."

At least until there was a black Democrat in the White House. But inconsistency of fear between when the president is a white right-wing Republican and a centrist black Democrat aside, here's how Merriam-Webster defines democracy:
1 a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections
2 : a political unit that has a democratic government

Funny how these people didn't care about rule of the majority when George W. Bush was in power. Back then they called everyone who disagreed with any policy as a traitor and a terrorist sympathizer.


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Blogger jurassicpork said...
Let me see if I got this right:

A right winger is quoting Karl Marx as his source material for inveighing against democracy?

O-kaaay, that's what I thought.