The official result of the popular vote on the referendum, duly counted and certified, was to lower taxes to 5%, right or wrong. There wasnt an “if…then” option on the ballot. Nowhere on my ballot did it say “yeah but.” It was yes or no. There is no room in democracy for “yeah but”. The people voted, my side lost, and I we gotta suck it up. Enforcing a dumb move at the ballot box is always a better course than ignoring it. The people are not always right, but if their decision passes constitutional muster, the peoples decision should always be final.
It dawned on me the other day how outraged I was in November of 2000 at the sight of right-wing operatives trying to eradicate the voters will in Florida. They wanted their candidate to win, democracy or not. Yet at the same time, some left-wing operatives continue to eradicate the voters will here. They want their economic approach to be adopted, democracy or not.
It appalls me to see would-be “public servants” and their supporters flexing rhetoric in ways reminiscent of tinpot dictators to find a rationalization for ignoring the people. I do not want a governor who will ignore the people. Nothing good comes down that path, not in Zimbabwe, not in the Ukraine, not in Florida, not here.
I challenge readers to answer the following question. What is more important to you preserving fiscal responsibility by keeping the tax rate where it is, or preserving ballot integrity by acceding to a democratic vote with which you dont agree?
This is a yes or no question. No yeah buts.