A SoapBlox Politics Blog
[Mobile Edition]
- About Us
- Email Us (news/tips)
- Editorial Policy
- Posting Guidelines
- Advertise Here

Subscribe to Michlib daily email summary. (Preview)
Enter address:

Michigan Political Blog Ad Network

Advertise Liberally

50 State Ad Network

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
Tags: (All Tags)
Print Friendly View Send As Email

Progressive Blogroll
For MI Bloggers:
- MI Bloggers Facebook
- MI Bloggers Myspace
- MI Bloggers PartyBuilder
- MI Bloggers Wiki

- Blogging for Michigan
- Call of the Senate Dems
- [Con]serving Michigan (Michigan LCV)
- DailyKos (Michigan tag)
- Enviro-Mich List Serve archives
- Democratic Underground, Michigan Forum
- Jack Lessenberry
- JenniferGranholm.com
- LeftyBlogs (Michigan)
- MI Eye on Bishop
- Michigan Coalition for Progress
- Michigan Messenger
- MI Idea (Michigan Equality)
- Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan
- Rainbow Mittens
- The Upper Hand (Progress Michigan)

Upper Peninsula:
- Keweenaw Now
- Lift Bridges and Mine Shafts
- Save the Wild UP

Western Michigan:
- Great Lakes Guy
- Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott
- Mostly Sunny with a Chance of Gay
- Public Pulse
- West Michigan Politics
- West Michigan Rising
- Windmillin'

- Among the Trees
- Blue Chips (CMU College Democrats Blog)
- Christine Barry
- Conservative Media
- Far Left Field
- Graham Davis
- Honest Errors
- ICDP:Dispatch (Isabella County Democratic Party Blog)
- Liberal, Loud and Proud
- Livingston County Democratic Party Blog
- MI Blog
- Mid-Michigan DFA
- Pohlitics
- Random Ramblings of a Somewhat Common Man
- Waffles of Compromise
- YAF Watch

Flint/Bay Area/Thumb:
- Bay County Democratic Party
- Blue November
- East Michigan Blue
- Genesee County Young Democrats
- Greed, Eggs, and Ham
- Jim Stamas Watch
- Meddling Outsider
- Saginaw County Democratic Party Blog
- Stone Soup Musings
- Voice of Mordor

Southeast Michigan:
- A2Politico
- arblogger
- Arbor Update
- Congressman John Conyers (CD14)
- Mayor Craig Covey
- Councilman Ron Suarez
- Democracy for Metro Detroit
- Detroit Skeptic
- Detroit Uncovered (formerly "Fire Jerry Oliver")
- Grosse Pointe Democrats
- I Wish This Blog Was Louder
- Kicking Ass Ann Arbor (UM College Democrats Blog)
- LJ's Blogorific
- Mark Maynard
- Michigan Progress
- Motor City Liberal
- North Oakland Dems
- Oakland Democratic Politics
- Our Michigan
- Peters for Congress (CD09)
- PhiKapBlog
- Polygon, the Dancing Bear
- Rust Belt Blues
- Third City
- Thunder Down Country
- Trusty Getto
- Unhinged

MI Congressional
District Watch Blogs:
- Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (CD08)

MI Campaigns:
MI Democratic Orgs:
MI Progressive Orgs:
MI Misc.:
National Alternative Media:
National Blogs:
Powered by: SoapBlox