For the American left, democracy has become an obstacle. If you believe in liberalism -- the idea that the economy should be heavily controlled, that resources should be distributed "fairly," that opportunities should be allocated by a central authority -- then you hate the idea of an independent American populace. Because when the population rears its ugly head and decides it simply does not want you to control it, it impedes "progress."
Democracy, according to the left, means only part-time democracy: It's democracy when people vote for us; it's a threat to democracy when they vote against us. It is no coincidence that fascism in the 20th century sprang from socialism. Socialists and the modern-day left feel that they have the only Truth. If democracy fails to recognize that Truth, democracy must be superseded.
When the left senses an impending electoral loss, it immediately attempts to circumvent true democracy. Control must stay in the hands of the elite few who "know better." To prevent policy from falling into the hands of the unwashed masses, a higher authority must take control. That authority must not be subject to the whims of public opinion.
The only branch of American government largely separated from public accountability is the judiciary. The Democrats have taken full advantage of that cloistered and powerful elite. Close elections in recent years have ended up in the courts, almost universally at the behest of Democratic losers.
Nowhere is liberal scorn for democracy more clearly evident than in the California recall election. Citizens are obviously unhappy with Gov. Gray Davis. So the state constitution provides them a way to discard a rotten politician: recall him.
The recall is true democracy. Gray Davis is holding town hall meetings. He's "listening" to the complaints of angered citizens. Yet Davis supporters continue to trot out the canard that recall is a "threat to democracy." Davis himself claims that the recall "threatens the very fabric of democracy." Why? Because he is about to lose. And with Tom McClintock likely to drop out and clear the way for an Arnold Schwarzenegger governorship, liberals are running scared. And running straight to the courts.
Hence the American Civil Liberties Union's attempt to derail the recall by delaying it until March, Democratic primary season. By appealing to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, liberals hoped to stifle democracy and let the courts decide the conditions under which Democrats would be best positioned to win elections.