For the second time today, I heard a Democrat invoke democracy to make the case for an undeniably undemocratic outcome.
FIrst, a former DOJ prosecutor has plans to ask every business owner in America to sign what he refers to as a “Democracy Pledge.” The pledge asserts that President Joe Biden was elected in a free and fair election. Those who refuse to sign the document will be placed on a list which will be circulated to consumers to damage their businesses. I posted on this story here.
And now, the repellent Democratic congresswoman from Michigan, Rashida Tlaib, has invoked democracy as she argues for Washington, D.C. statehood. Tlaib runs through all of her party’s talking points in the clip below.
“We truly are literally talking about democracy vs. au –” At which point, she appears to either stifle a sneeze or stop herself from finishing the word she had begun which I can only assume was authoritarianism, but I digress. “Uh, you know, being able not to have democratic, uh, access to making sure that you are represented at all levels of government.
“We also can’t claim to support self-determination and democracy and oppose D.C. statehood. It’s that simple.”
She asks, “Other than the United States, how many democracies deny their residents of their capital voting representation in the national legislature?”
“None … This represents an extraordinary violation of [the] democratic principles America claims to represent, right?”
“Put simply, if you oppose D.C. statehood, you support taxation without representation, you hear me?”
Patrick Henry said it so much better.
“In opposing D.C. statehood … these representatives and their dark money backers over at the Heritage Foundation [a conservative think tank] — that’s right — are telling over 700,000 Americans to sit down, shut up, and enjoy this authoritarian system implemented by a bunch of elites who thought it was OK to enslave people for their selfish monetary gain hundreds of years ago. … It is shameful that anyone would claim to support democracy and freedom and oppose statehood.”
That’s quite a leap, isn’t it?