As a way to solve the national debt crisis, North Carolina Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue recommends suspending congressional elections for the next couple of years.
“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” Perdue said at a rotary club event in Cary, N.C., according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”What Perdue is saying is that what we really need is less government accountability, and that we should just forego the entire representative republic idea so that our political betters can have another shot at managing an economy that should be operating on the free market. It's also a small part of a bigger issue: the idea that liberty is all well and good, unless there is a crisis going on, at which point, authoritarianism is preferable.
Perdue is not alone in her thinking. Writing for The New Republic, Peter Orszag argues that what we really need to do is sequester more authority away from elected officials, because democracy just complicates things:
So what to do? To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.Now, in principle, I happen to agree with Orszag: we really should have less democracy. However, when I say this, it's because I believe that more of our liberties should be declared inviolable, not because I want a shadow government to have more control of things.
This is really where the rubber meets the road. Progressives are inches away from declaring an end not only to your liberty, but to your ability to protect it via the democratic process. A century of progressive politics has brought nothing but misery and unsustainable government, and the whole house of cards is about to come crashing down. As a result, they are quickly being forced into a position where they have to take absolute power, or risk losing it forever. This, folks, is how fascism takes root. Declare an emergency (as a result of your own failed policies), and then seize permanent control in the interests of the common good.
I really don't see this ending well.