Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Majority Rules

This is a portion of an article I wrote for the Mille Lacs News about our system of democracy, and how the Onamia City Council is out of bounds. Read the full editorial here.
When the Majority has no right to rule

The concept of Majority Rules gets even more complex when we are talking about personal property which the Majority has no right to mess with. Nexus and the city council believe they are entitled to our neighborhood. They're not. Period.

How would you like it if Hannabelle paid you a visit in your home - just showed up unannounced one day and barged into your livingroom uninvited? I know, you'd probably put on coffee and get those cocoanut bars out of the freezer. It would be fun and I'll see you next Tuesday...

So forget that example. Let's say that Vinnie, a 6 foot tall, 200 pound, psychologically disturbed sex offender stops by on his way to the Cities along with a few of his close friends - Orville, Snake, Deadeye, and Captain 666. They decide to tear down your curtains, break your windows, shred your furniture with 12 inch knives, and smash the irreplaceable collection of fine English porcelain your late grandmother gave you as a wedding present. They take turns raping your daughter, drink Aunt Tillie's weekend sherry, kick your dog, take your jewels, and beat you to a bloody pulp just before they set fire to your house and steal your car.

Now please pay attention and answer honestly. Do you think this is o.k. that they did this to you? Do you think that they are entitled to come to your home to harm you, your family, and destroy your personal property?

If you said yes, then you are Pronexus and there is no hope for you. Oh, and I'll give Vinnie and his friends your address and they'll see you next Tuesday...

Sometimes the Majority shouldn't rule. Sometimes it is not entitled to. In this case, the majority is Vinnie, Orville, Snake, Deadeye and Captain 666. You and your daughter (and the dog) are in the minority.

Just because there is a Majority does not give them the automatic right to rule.

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