Political Director of Americans Elect: Too Much Democracy is Dangerous (and Forget Your History)
Americans Elect Political Director Darry Sragow explains why it’s necessary for a corporate board to select the presidential candidates that voters will be allowed to choose between:
We have a Board of Directors who help oversee our process, which Professor Hasen correctly points out is self-appointed. While we don’t mean to put the board in the company of the Founding Fathers, we’d point out that nobody picked the Founding Fathers, either. They took it upon themselves to turn a popular dream into a shared reality. And they, too, had debates over how much control should be centralized. They knew that too much power in the hands of too few isn’t real democracy, but that power too diffuse is anarchy.
You read that right: too much power in the hands of too many people is dangerous, and it’s better for everybody to concentrate that power in some good hands, like the Founding Fathers, that’s us, but in a humble way, pat pat, run along now. The new stage of open elitism by Americans Elect corporate leaders suggests that Americans Elect needs a new slogan. The old slogan (“The Delegates—and the rest of the American people—are the true boss of Americans Elect”) doesn’t fit the Newspeak. I have a suggestion:
By the way, if you actually read a bit of history, the whole “nobody picked the Founding Fathers” thing isn’t accurate:
The first Continental Congress met in Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia, from September 5, to October 26, 1774. Carpenter’s Hall was also the seat of the Pennsylvania Congress. All of the colonies except Georgia sent delegates. These were elected by the people, by the colonial legislatures, or by the committees of correspondence of the respective colonies.
The Founding Fathers, to whom the Americans Elect Political Director compares his fellow corporate board members, were elected. The Americans Elect board has self-selected authority. Kind of Royalist, it you think about it.