Cumberland Times-News

Letters

November 16, 2012

Power of democracy comes from the people

Last week, fresh off of his victories of the ballot questions, Gov. Martin O’Malley made the following statement: “I think we have been best served in our state in the over 200 years or more of our history, by a representative democracy rather than plebiscites.”

As a student of politics, and a frequent visitor to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, I have an understanding of the root word of plebe but hearing in this context made me curious so I looked up the word in Webster’s Dictionary. Plebiscite means “a vote by which the people of an entire country or district express an opinion for or against a proposal especially on a choice of government or ruler.”

In simple English, plebiscite means that the people have the ability to voice their opinion on a choice made on their behalf by the government.

Gov. O’Malley’s choice of words is no accident. He thinks that the people should have NO voice in how their elected representatives make decisions. We plebes are not smart enough to figure things out for ourselves and should blindly trust politicians to rule us.

I believe this line of thinking of the governor comes from two places — arrogance of power and frustration with the referendum process. The arrogance of power is easily explained because of the one party dominance in this state as well as the fact that O’Malley hasn’t been challenged since the 1999 primary race for mayor of Baltimore.

His frustration with the referendum process is the more interesting aspect of his move to stifle the plebiscite voice in his political utopia. Simply put, he was embarrassed that we plebes had the gall to challenge his authority. O’Malley knows that without the presidential race as air cover he might have lost one or two of his pet projects because of these pesky people and their silly petition process.

Of course, there are two small issues of irony here: 1) In order to change the rules, it will have to go before the people in the referendum process in 2014; 2) If the changes are passed, it will not be in effect until 2015 when O’Malley is no longer in office.

It is up to us, the plebes, to stop this usurpation on our constitutional rights. The power of representative democracy comes from the people (plebes) not the other way around.

Tony Campbell, president

Marylanders for Coherent & Fair Representation Inc.

1
Text Only
Letters
  • Remember, we’re not immune to extinction

    I’d like to pose a theoretical scenario to Cal Thomas.

    If a medical specialist said, “Cal, you’ve got a serious physical problem. Do nothing and you’ll die soon. Follow my prescription, which involves certain life-style changes, and there’s a good probability you’ll live, even if your life may be a bit more constrained than now.”

    July 21, 2014

  • America has three branches of government for good reasons

    “Mikulski Calls for Continued Action to Protect Women's Health Following Dangerous Supreme Court Decision” is the heading you will find on Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s website.

    July 21, 2014

  • Tell legislators to do what is right for America’s vets

    Without our veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, where would America be today? It is anyone’s guess, however certainly not the Freedom and Liberty we enjoy.

    July 18, 2014

  • Move over Move over

    Have you noticed, in your travels, that the front end of a police cruiser usually protrudes a bit more than you would expect when the officer has it parked behind another vehicle on the side of the road?

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Use local workers in building new Baltimore Pike travel stop

    As a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly representing Allegany County, and specifically the City of Cumberland, I welcome you to our community as you prepare to construct a Love’s Travel Stop at the above referenced location (on Baltimore Pike).

    July 17, 2014

  • Northern Garrett Rescue Squad raising funds, seeks members

    The Northern Garrett County Rescue Squad recently conducted several fund raising events to raise funds for new Lifepak 15’s, which are EKG monitors with AED / defibrillator.

    July 16, 2014

  • Citizens should be more ready to deal with power failures

    An open letter to the electrical power companies in West Virginia and Maryland:
    The return of electrical power to my home recently, after its unexpected failure for approximately 48 hours, as a result of such a sudden and violent storm, reminded me anew of how much I take for granted.

    July 14, 2014

  • Scare tactics, misinformation abound regarding marijuana

    In response to Frank J. Clark’s well intentioned letter, “Don’t be too quick to legalize marijuana use,” July 10 Times-News), I believe that his letter misses the point of legalizing and regulating marijuana.

    July 12, 2014

  • Trading dollars for nickels just doesn’t make any sense

    Thank you for providing an opportunity for comments on the 2014 draft of the county’s Comprehensive Plan.

    July 10, 2014

  • Don’t be too quick to legalize marijuana use

    Perhaps our society should consider some facts before jumping on the bandwagon for legalizing recreational marijuana use.

    July 9, 2014

Latest news
Facebook
Must Read
House Ads