The recent celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Selma march was a wonderful event to remind us of the progress that has been made since that event. One unfortunate event was Jesse Jackson’s comments decrying the tyranny of the majority over the minority. It is clear by his remarks that he neither understands the meaning of tyranny nor does he understand our form of government.
Tyranny is defined as oppressive power exerted by a single ruler or a government. The United States is a democratic republic. A government established by the majority vote of the people. The U.S. Constitution assures us that the laws established apply equally to all citizens and not to the benefit of a small group.
Under this system, tyranny is impossible since we are a government of the people, by the people and for the people. And, because of the equal protection under the law, the use of oppressive power over minorities is impossible because the laws enacted apply equally to everyone.
The current administration has come closer to establishing tyranny in the United States than at any other time in our history. Since the 2010 election, more conservatives have been elected to congress than liberal members. In spite of this, almost no legislation representing the conservative views of the American people have been enacted into law.
Sen. Harry Reid was able to prevent the Senate from considering almost all of the bills sent to them by the conservatively oriented House of Representatives. Now, when both the House and the Senate are majority conservatives, the president threatens and uses the power of the veto to thwart the will of the people.
Tyranny is when an individual or a small governing group exerts its power over the will of the people. We have now become a country suffering under the tyranny of the minority. In our form of government, there never should be a situation that the majority is held hostage to the will or power of the minority.