A Democrat state Senator from California who was previously indicted for corruption and gun-running conspiracy charges, but remained on the ballot for the office of secretary of state, was able to win 10% of the vote. The charges against state Sen. Leland Yee, which were covered in a March installment of Felony Friday, did not act as a deterrent to the many registered Californian voters that placed the embattled politician in third place.
Officials and pundits seemed shocked by the level of support Yee was able to garner.
San Jose State University political scientist Larry Gerston told the Los Angeles Times, “There will be some people who will vote for Yee because they do not know what is going on.”
I have to respectfully disagree with Mr. Gerston. The majority of the individuals that voted for Leland Lee probably knew exactly what they were doing. To imply that almost 300,000 people blindly stumbled into the voting booth, without watching or reading the news does not seem plausible. In my opinion, it’s probably far more likely the high vote count for state Sen. Lee can be attributed to people sticking by their candidate, regardless of the situation. Uncovering the determining factor that led voters to remain loyal to Yee is not of paramount importance.
Any way you slice it, this election is not a shining endorsement of the democratic voting process. Either 300,000 zombies walked into the voting booth, completely oblivious to the news surrounding Mr. Yee. Or the Yee voters maintained allegiance to Mr. Yee for unknown reasons. No matter which scenario or mix of scenarios you choose to believe, one fact remains constant. An indicted felon received 10% the vote in the information age. If this isn’t evidence of the idiocy of democracy, then I don’t know what is.
Not only does democracy allow scores of idiots to throw their votes away to an indicted felon, but it also encourages much more nefarious behavior. Democracy serves to legitimize majority rule by unleashing the majority ruling faction to confiscate the property of the minority and legislate morality. This unsolicited initiation of force is given the stamp of approval by the State under the guise that the right to vote somehow legitimizes theft and rights infringements by the State.
Here at Lions of Liberty we have examined the flaws inherent in a democratic style government on many occasions. One such occasion occurred as 2012 came to a close. During this time the congressional career of Congressman Ron Paul was winding down. Before he left congress, Dr. Paul gave a farewell speech on the House floor where he posed 32 questions. Oddly enough, these questions are largely absent from mainstream political dialogue, so we took it upon ourselves to attempt to answer Dr. Paul’s questions. Our goal was to further our own education and to educate others on these very important topics. I did my best to attempt to answer the 30th question asked by Dr. Paul, “Why Is Democracy Held In Such High Esteem When It’s The Enemy Of The Minority?” Here’s an excerpt: