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How to turn November's ballot into a memoriable clusterfuck

by: Eric B.

Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 11:52:18 AM EDT


I've said it before, I'll say it again ... Democracy simply doesn't work.

It looks like a referendum on the controversial issue of wolf-hunting is headed to the November ballot -- again. This will be the second hunting-related ballot question (and, possibly, not the last) voters will decide in a little less than eight months.

This actually makes me feel embarrassment to be from Michigan. Our ongoing experiment in the Dunning-Kruger effect passed the original wolf hunt, and people felt that they thought that should be put to a vote because they didn't like the idea. That's entirely reasonable.

Then, before the vote was held, our ongoing experiment in the Dunning-Kruger effect passed a new law designed specifically to abbrogate the ballot question ... before anyone was allowed to cast a vote. They not only passed a new law, but they changed how decisions are made ... not because the way decisions were made failed, but because they didn't like the prospect for how one decision would turn out.

This was a miscarriage of democracy that should have made anyone who understands how it works feel deep shame. So, the people behind the first ballot proposal, which by way is still on the ballot, decided they didn't like having their democratic rights trampled in such vulgar fashion and circulated petitions to undo the second law ... the one intended to render moot the existing ballot question. They got their signatures, and there is now a second wolf hunt question on the November ballot.

Now the same people who passed the first law that was challenged by petition drive, and who passed a second law to undo said petition drive, are themselves circulating petitions to further change how decisions are made ... to undo the second petition drive that was intended to address our ongoing experiment in the Dunning-Kruger effect's tampering with democracy.

This isn't just a gross abuse of the democratic process, it's a sign that the peope who currently run our government don't understand the democratic process enough to appreciate how badly they are abusing it. It's also a pretty clear sign that they possess not a whit of shame when it comes to things they want.

People ask me all the time why I refer to the Legislature as an example of the Dunning-Kruger effect (people of diminished ability think they are very capable, while people of advanced ability tend to think of themselves as competent or even mediocre because they tend to be more fully aware). This involves more moving parts than just a bunch of backward-thinking, Neanderthal lawmakers, it also involves the "kill every living thing" gun nut community (different than actual sportsmen, who don't kill for fun). This singular act of gross incompetence in the field of democracy, and the very willing and important role the Legislature has played in making it a reality, is what I'm talking about. The hell of it is that probably if you asked them, they'd probably have no idea what I'm talking about ... which is the point.

Eric B. :: How to turn November's ballot into a memoriable clusterfuck
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