Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Tyranny of the Minority

I'm struck by how absurd some aspects of representative democracy can be.

Texas just "elected" a governor whom 61% of voters chose not to vote for.

That's right. With 39% of the electorate, Gov. Rick Perry (incumbent) was elected for yet another term.

How can it be called representative democracy, when the winner represents a minority of the voters?

Asked by the Houston Chronicle if it concerned him that he'll be a minority governor, Perry snapped, "I don't think that matters one twit [sic]. We'll still have 100% of the authority."

Humble. Intelligent. A real bridge builder.

I'd say it's time to move, except for the fact that I love living in Austin. I suppose my best hope is for the Delay Factor (or Foley Factor)...arrogance eventually begets gross abuse of power that finally gets noticed.


At Friday, November 10, 2006, Blogger Art said...

Texas would have been the last place I thought you would have ended up making your home!!

At Friday, November 10, 2006, Blogger A Muser said...

I agree. But my home isn't in Texas. It's in Austin. Which, as anyone in Texas can tell you, is a whole other nuther country.

At Friday, November 10, 2006, Blogger Art said...



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