Some said to send out arrest warrants for the hooky playing representatives of Wisconsin and Indiana. I say not. Just dock their wages, let them pay for their expenses, and let them be accountable to their constituents who voted for them. They will have to answer to the voters. PL
Reposted from pajamas media by Roger Kimball. (I like the catchy title. -PL)
So, Indiana House Democrats, inspired by Democratic senators in Wisconsin, have adopted the petulant child from of democracy. One paper called their action an “exodus.” I call it a gross abdication of responsibility and a slap in the face of the people who entrusted them with the conduct of their public affairs. What lessons can we draw from the behavior of these truant lawmakers? One important lesson is this: that they view democracy as a game worth playing only when they get to call the shots. They are happy to sit down and do business just so long as they get their way. If they do not get their way, their recourse is not the time-honored democratic strategies of debate, persuasion, and compromise. No, their response is to take their votes and go home — or to Illinois, whichever is safer.
As I say, this is a gross abdication of responsibility. To try and comprehend just how gross an abdication it is, imagine if a state’s Republican lawmakers were to embark on such anti-parliamentarian hijinks. What righteous indignation would pour forth from the organs of the fourth estate to deplore that violation of duty! And the indignation would be justified.
Roger’s Rules » The Petulant Child Form of Democracy.