It turns out that when the people who live in areas where fracking would be a profitable and valuable option, they vote in favor of it. In the local elections that were held just to the south of where we live here in Rochester, candidates who ran on an anti-fracking campaign appear to have been soundly thrashed in those elections. The majority of voters in the Southern Tier have exercised their democratic duty, indeed, their crucial sacred democratic right, to vote for candidates that will support the creation of the gas industry in Western, NY.
“The people have spoken!” “We have a mandate!” “Finally, we’ll get the real change we can believe in!”
Where are the anti-frackers, who clearly are among the world’s most ardent supporters of “the people” and “democracy?” Where are all of those folks celebrating the idea that the people have spoken, that we should now work together, now we should heal the divisions among us, and move forward? Where are the “serious people” who no longer have to worry about obstructive, reactionary, do-nothing opponents, who can now get on with the business of governing?
What a bunch of low-life hypocrites. And I mean that. Democracy, you see, isn’t even for them about majority rules. Majority rule in any case should be solemnly accepted, admitting that it is prone to tyranny but really we can’t do much better when it comes to large collective action problems. You see, the folks who claim the mantle of “Democracy” have done to that term what the liberals did to the term liberal. It indeed has come to take on a meaning precisely the opposite of what you think it means. You see the term “Democracy” in some title, head for the exits – because that is a sure sign that totalitarian-crony-corporatist ideas are lurking behind the corner. Democracy, for most people like this, means that WE get they outcomes that THEY want. And only the outcomes that THEY want. That is far from what I thought democracy was supposed to be about.
So, as the pro-statist majority keeps telling us cranky small-government types to “deal with it” … we shall invoke the mantle of democracy here today in the same spirit. Deal with it. Choke it down. Endure the fracking and the end of the world that you think is going to come from it. And while you are choking down that fracking from your Hollywood Hills estate on the left coast or your swanky Central Park apartment on the East Coast, please do us a favor and remind us why you even think you have any right to have your uninformed opinions enshrined in policy on the matter in the first place when there is no conceivable way that fracking could adversely impact you? Or do you think a Marcellus Well explosion is going to cause the San Andreas Fault to split apart?