“Franca’s friend, Jeffim Kuznetsov, a 25-year-old student from Russia who lives in Atlanta, said the suicide is evidence of how deeply many Americans were affected by Kerry’s defeat: ‘It’s a national tragedy,” he said. “This election is devastating to all who believe in democracy’.”
This is a highlight stroke across the illogical and self-contradictory reaction being spewed out from Kerry supporters dumbfounded that Bush won.
“Devastating to all who believe in democracy?!” Do I need to point out the idiocy of that statement? Bush not only won the electoral vote which ensures the structure of our valuable Republic, but the popular vote which Democrats for 4 years were shouting about.
I suppose much deeper than this “national tragedy” is an oxymoronical sense of political and even intellectual elitism, juxtaposed against a group whose very party name implies that the masses dictate the direction of our country. How can this be? The majority – the god of the democracy – has spoken and has, in a sense, betrayed the same group who claims to have its best interest in mind. Instead of rejoicing for a clear victory for the “popular vote”, they have digressed all too quickly into name calling, accusation slinging and in this case, suicide.
The people, as the early Federalists acknowledged, is powerful and often fickle. That is exactly why we have a “democracy in a republic.” To give the people a voice without reducing it to anarchy.