What would happen if citizens give up on protecting their rights? Here’s a glimpse of an answer political philosopher Robert A. Dahl wrote in his On Democracy (2000, Yale University Press) reflecting on the moment Thomas Jefferson ended the Alien and Sedition Act in the late 1800s in support of the Right to Free Speech:
If and when many citizens fail to understand that democracy requires certain fundamental rights, or fail to support the political, administrative, and judicial institutions that protect those rights, then their democracy is in danger.
In this good year 2008, let’s boot out of office everyone who has shown they lean more heavily toward authoritarianism than toward protecting our rights. Bye Republicans — you’re time to destroy our democracy will soon end.