When one political party succeeds in eliminating the opposition party from all political offices, does that then make the one party a dictatorship? Well, for one thing, it does eliminate any need for accountability, thus making it an inviting habitat for political wolves wearing the proverbial sheep's clothing. Also it makes closed door meetings no problem, followed by legislative initiatives to outlaw ballot referenda or recalls.
However, openness would eliminate any need for secret-combination politicians to have to meet in private to redraw legislative and congressional district voting maps. A democracy, with openness and with a participating elected opposition (as was intended by our founders) flourishes; without it, a one-party dictatorship takes control.
- In our opinion: U.S. needs immigration...
- Letter: Acting on immigration
- How America feels about Mitt Romney right now
- My view: Remembering JFK 51 years later
- In our opinion: Thankfully speaking —...
- Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Hospitality...
- Greg Bell: It's time to raise the gas tax
- In our opinion: 70 mph — driving at the...
- In our opinion: U.S. needs immigration... 65
- Dan Liljenquist: Obamacare was a rude... 61
- Letter: Growing party divide 53
- Michael Gerson: Obama’s executive... 44
- How America feels about Mitt Romney... 40
- In our opinion: When it comes to... 40
- Letter: Acting on immigration 39
- My view: Global warming needs free market 26