The Professor is less of a blogger and more of a clearinghouse of libertarian ideas and thought, but his truncated commentary is often quite powerful. Linking to Ilya Somin's: What to Do When Illiberal, Anti-Democratic Forces Take Power Through the Democratic Process, Glenn adds the following:
Remember: Democracy is a means, not an end. It’s valuable as a means of protecting those unalienable rights that include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
But those rights are unalienable — incapable of being alienated, that is, bought, sold, or given away — which means that even if you live in a democracy, you haven’t surrendered them to the majority. A majority that wants to take away your unalienable rights isn’t a legitimate government. I’m gratified by how many Egyptians seem to grasp that; it’s more than I expected, though perhaps not as many as it needs to be. It’s clearly more than the Muslim Brotherhood expected, too.
Which, of course, begs the question: Is the current administration, with their 51% "mandate", a legitimate government? Is a government that is in the process of taking away our rights - to religious freedom, to defend ourselves, and (with the implementation of ObamaCare, and the admittedly forthcoming Death Panels) our right to life itself - still legitimate, despite it coming to power via a democratic system?
Of course, the Egyptians are back out on the streets. Brave, considering that Barack Obama just supplied President Morsi with a whole fleet of F-16s, which oddly coincided with a vicious crackdown on the resurgent protesters...
And the American people? Seems like we are beginning to get a grasp on the concept, as 53% of us now believe that the federal government threatens our own personal rights and freedoms.
And yet, we're still sitting at home, waiting and watching. For a savoir, perhaps.
News Flash: He/she ain't coming. And we are about to find out how "unalienable" Barack Obama and the Left think our rights are...