Suspend elections? Seriously?

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A Democratic State governor actually suggested that Congress suspend elections for a full term. And no, she was not joking.

Suspend elections? The evidence

Governor Beverly Perdue (D-NC) started the furor yesterday, when she said:

I think we ought to suspend 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.

True enough, she used the word perhaps to break up that phrase. But she still uttered it. A reporter from the Raleigh News and Observer heard her.

Hours later, her aide said that she was joking. But The Daily Caller picked the story up later that day. Then this morning, the DC published this piece, with an actual soundtrack of Gov. Perdue’s remarks. Her deadpan delivery clearly shows that she was not joking. (See also this piece at Fox News Channel.)

James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal suggested that Gov. Perdue is not the only one. Nor does the left limit its disdain for democracy to the US Congress alone.

Where did this come from?

The US Constitution does not authorize anyone to suspend elections. Not for any reason.

The US Constitution. Photo: National Archives of the United States

Republicans brought this on themselves, by agreeing to “super-committees” and “blue-ribbon panels.” They have done this for decades. When elected officials avoid the issue, they lend credence to people who want unelected officials to make the decisions. Whether that unelected official is a judge, a “super-committeeman,” or a blue-ribbon commissioner, is irrelevant. What’s relevant is that we have a republic, and its institutions must be accountable to the people. When we rely on special unaccountable decision makers, we show contempt for the electoral process. That the enemies of freedom would seize upon that showing of contempt, should surprise no one.