Paul Jacob

Many Democrat politicians talk a good game about democracy. They bill themselves as the defenders of the little guy. They have all the soundbites on empowerment down pat.

But beyond arguing (the obvious) that every vote should count — well, especially that every vote no matter how spoiled or irreconcilable ought to be counted for them — these Democrats are downright undemocratic. Seems, what with all their support for the little guy, they'll go to almost any length to block average citizens from voting on important issues.

Meet Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. Most will recognize her name; she's the daughter of Missouri's late governor and posthumously elected U.S. Senator, Mel Carnahan. She's also the "Show Me" state's highest election official. Robin Carnahan doesn't merely administer elections. She's hell-bent on preventing them. Her short track record in public office demonstrates the dangers of partisan politicians holding offices on which mere little guys must depend for an honest democratic government.

Oh, sure, she recently came up with more than a dozen reasons for counting votes on spoiled ballots in Rolla, Missouri — her decision yielding a one-vote victory for a Democrat. But when it comes to allowing the people of Rolla or St. Louis or Kansas City to vote on issues — such as a citizen initiative signed by nearly 220,000 Missourians entitled "Protect Our Homes" — her response could be summed up in one word of Brooklynese: "Fugetaboudit!"

Carnahan and the official state government treatment of this citizen petition — a measure to stop eminent domain abuse and protect private property against a government grown rapacious — only highlights just how out of control government has become.

It is a textbook example of how America is not supposed to function.

First, less than a month before this year's set deadline for turning in signatures on citizen initiatives, the Secretary of State arbitrarily changed the deadline, moving it up two days.


As had always been done in the past, Carnahan's office originally set the deadline on May 9, because it otherwise fell on a Sunday, May 7, when the Secretary of State's office is closed. Since the following day, Monday, May 8, was a state holiday, Truman's birthday, the deadline fell back one more day to the 9th of May.

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.