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From Art Hall, Publisher

The Necessity of Respecting Majority Rule

The Necessity of Respecting Majority Rule

By Art Hall

Art Hall
Publisher Art Hall
Art Hall

In any thriving democracy, the respect for majority rule is paramount. The American way has traditionally embraced this principle, where taking a vote and accepting the outcome, win or lose, is the cornerstone of our democratic process. Historically, losing gracefully has been a hallmark of our democracy, but recent events have shaken this foundation, posing significant risks to the unity and stability of our society.

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When we shout down those with whom we disagree, or disinvite them to speak,

we contradict the democratic spirit of open discourse and majority rule.

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Former President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the 2020 election exemplifies a dangerous trend that threatens the very essence of democracy. This unwillingness to accept the outcome of a democratic vote is not just a political anomaly but a symptom of a larger societal ill. When Patrick Henry famously declared, “I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” he emphasized the importance of respecting differing opinions. Today, this respect has significantly eroded, challenging the unity of the American people.

The roots of this problem can be traced back to the founding of our nation. The Founding Fathers debated extensively about the weight of each person’s vote, ultimately deciding that every man, regardless of education or status, should have an equal vote. This principle has been central to American democracy. However, recent attitudes suggest a shift away from this bedrock principle. I recall feeling aghast when I heard a high-ranking American official once encouraged people to shout down those with differing opinions, contradicting the democratic spirit of open discourse and majority rule. This sentiment undermines the democratic principle that has allowed diverse voices to coexist and strengthen our society.

The trend of minority factions refusing to concede to major decisions is destabilizing our institutions. Our educational system reflects this divide. Today educators or their unions often prioritize their agendas over the will of the majority which established them in their positions, further straining the relationship between the public and those they employ to carry out their wishes. This shift undermines the democratic principle of majority rule.

As a nation, we must decide whether to uphold the democratic principle that the majority rules or to allow dissenting minorities to undermine this vital foundation. The unwillingness to accept majority decisions threatens to unravel the fabric of our society. In the absence of a shared decision-making process, society is reverting to resolving issues and conflicts through stealth and brute strength, a dangerous regression that undermines the very principles upon which our democracy was built.

The upcoming election will be a critical test of our commitment to shared democratic principles. If Donald Trump loses, will he concede? This question remains unanswered, and it highlights the potential for further division and instability. We can only hope to heal our divisions and rebuild our community by showing respect for our fellow citizens and their opinions.

The Bible provides a timeless reminder of the importance of humility and valuing others above ourselves. In Philippians 2:3-4, it is written: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” This wisdom underscores the necessity of respecting the rule of the majority and the voices of all individuals in a democratic society.

In conclusion, the respect for majority rule is not just a political necessity but an imperative. It ensures that our democracy remains robust and that our society remains united. The refusal to concede and the erosion of respect for differing opinions threaten to destabilize our institutions and weaken our societal bonds. By upholding the principle of majority rule and showing humility and respect for others, we can strengthen our democracy, overcome our division and ensure a stable and united future for all Americans.

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