A law is something which must have a moral basis, so that there is an inner compelling force for every citizen to obey.
The first headline of this article is a quotation attributed to Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) – a German politician, remembered better for giving his name to a particular type of pickled Herring than his erudition.
Considering what has been happening in the Knesset recently, he was actually very prescient. Due to the way in which democracy in his country developed in the 1930’s, it is interesting to look at the above two quotations together. The citizens may have agreed with the purpose of the law (including the infamous Nuremburg Race Laws) but were not too concerned with the process.
- Israeli lawmakers are currently considering a number of proposed new, or amended, laws. From my personal perspective, I see nothing wrong with any of them. I can understand that others disagree. The question is: who are the “Others?”
It would appear that the main opposition is from the usual suspects.
By this, I mean all of those who believe that, in a free democracy, it’s OK for the “tail to wag the dog.
” The “tail” being the regular hodgepodge of left wing activists- some of whom are fearful of an interruption to their overseas funding- and their media lackeys. The process of lawmaking is under the microscope. But, I hear you say, isn’t that the way a democracy should work? Checks and balances? I’m just having a problem with the concept. There is a legislative body (the Knesset) and an elected government. This government has not only a substantial majority but also the support of most of the country on all major issues.
Much of the controversy over the recent proposals is artificially created by the media for their own purposes. It’s all about circulation and ratings. They can always depend upon those who inhabit the ivory towers of academia, to provide them with the necessary solemn warnings of doom and disaster. The combination of Left Wing intellectuals, supported by the great unwashed, together with a sprinkling of students and anarchists, is a potent mixture.
The problem with democracy is that, by its very nature, it sows the seeds of its own destruction.
- The demonstrations of the recent Summer are a perfect example. Under the guise of seeking ” social justice” (whatever that is), a small and unrepresentative minority actually sought to overthrow the democratically elected government.
Which brings me back to Weitzman’s aphorism. It is difficult to enforce a law that is morally repugnant to the majority. I stress – the majority. But I see no evidence that the current proposals do not have the support of the majority. Of course, not all will agree. The minority have the right to disagree. They do not have the right to impose their worldview on the majority. Should they succeed, the question becomes: “what kind of a democracy is this?”
Unfortunately, in this respect, our “special relationship” with America, and its values, has a downside.
In the words of Frank Zappa (1940-1993):
“The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.”
Andyboy – Telling it as it is!
- MK Danon: Left Should not Stifle Right (israelnationalnews.com)
- Who Told You Israel Wasn’t a Democracy? (desertpeace.wordpress.com)