So I guess Fox and Rasmussen conducted some goofy poll, as is their wont, in which they inquired whether or not You, America, would like to shoot a terrorist's balls off. Naturally the Plurgressive Blurghosphere is on the case, and as usual it is unintentionally making a killer argument for the failure of democratic government as a practice, practical philosophy, or ideal.
And since when does public approval for anything make it right? If the public still thought slavery was alright should we bring that back? How about women being allowed to vote? Inter-racial marriages--should we be taking some polls on what the public thinks about that topic?So there you have it. Popular opposition to a war makes it wrong, but popular opposition to homos getting married makes it . . . right? I understand that representative governments like ours use the power of the judiciary to constrain--sometimes--majoritarian rule and protect minorities, but you know, if you find yourself routinely questioning the wisdom of majority opinion to such degree as to make public approval a sort of counter-indicator of good policy and moral practice, then perhaps predicating an entire political system on the will of the enfranchised public is a bad idea.