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Lost of democracy can be directly attributed to the pathetic turnout at the ballot box on Election Day

Those whining about democracy being wrestled away from them need to look no further than the ballot box over many hears. You cannot have an argument with regard to democracy when you have made a mockery of it.

I am in support of Public Act 4 and do not look at the law as some racist ploy on the part of Republicans in this state to take the rights away from the ‘woe is me victim’ that is the black electorate in these urban areas. There is plenty blame to go around to see why a Detroit, Flint, Benton Harbor, Pontiac, and Highland Park are in the predicaments that they find themselves in. However, much of that blame can be directed right at the foot of the electorate of the aforementioned cities. I mean, research voter turnout in a place like Detroit and try to tell me how their right to democracy is being trampled over. Plain and simple; take your rear ends to the polls on Election Day and maybe taking the electorate serious will become a consideration.

The cries based on being so reactionary is rather disingenuous considering that the financial problems facing these municipalities are not new issues. Public Act 4 has it right, particularly since those that have been elected by the so few that have participated in the democratic process of electing their governance has gotten it wrong far too often. Those elected have failed the electorate and the blame game being levied against the Republican Party falls on deaf ears because it is the Democratic Party that has used blacks in Detroit particularly, as pawns, but they are too blind to realize it.

How can one say that their rights are being denied with regard to democracy when many have checked out of the process a long time ago? And those that do vote, they are not holding the elected accountable anyway. So if the solution is to let the cities go into bankruptcy, so be it, because that is the only alternative for a Detroit without Public Act 4 or a Consent Agreement. And as far as the wish for an Emergency Financial Law referendum being placed on the ballot to allow the citizens of Michigan to decide its fate; I have two words for the disillusioned; “Proposition Two”. Remember the battle surrounding that back in 2006 and the way things turned out when the votes were counted?

So for all these groups that call themselves speaking out on behalf of democracy being denied to the voters; really! How about getting the people to vote regularly and often first before making them out to be victims. Interestingly enough, they are victims of their own doing. Until these urban municipalities wake up and realize that one political party is as less beholden to them than the other, they will continue to be a muted voice with regard to a political agenda. Personally for me, I would welcome a referendum on the EFM law being on the November General Election ballot. It will be a wake-up call to most that the whining will fall on deaf ears and then maybe the issue of democracy being denied can be put to rest.

Eric Brown
Metro Detroitter who wants the best for the citizens of the area and a political pessimist. The two party system needs an overhaul, but can only happen if the electorate stay true to themselves by staying engaged. DPS product and Eastern Michigan University alumnus that knows the value of education, but also know that college is not for everyone. A major promoter of vocational training and alternative career opportunities. Not into being labeled politically and a constant ticket splitter. Michigan needs election reform in order to improve voter participation.