I have voted mostly Democratic for more than 40 years, but lately that party has begun to seem less and less "small d" democratic. As a result, I'm paying a lot more attention to third-party and even to (horrors) Republican candidates.
Case in point: The state Legislature’s rules say, “At least five days’ notice shall be given of all public hearings held by any committee other than the rules committee.” Sounds good.
However, this rule is often waived by our “big D” Democratic senators. Legislators seemingly don’t want to be bothered with input from the public.
In addition, our Democratic state legislators are introducing an increasing number of bills with no content except the title. Voting “Yes” on a blank bill, with content to be filled in later. How is that different from a third-world parliament rubber-stamping the decisions of a dictator?
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I am reminded of Nancy Pelosi’s urging Congress to pass the Health Care act “so we can learn what’s in it.” And then there’s the move in some quarters of the Democratic Party to remove the requirement for a secret ballot in union-certification elections.
I hate to say it, but the Democratic Party is seeming less and less democratic to me.
How can I vote for candidates that belong to a party that doesn’t really believe in democracy?