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Editorial 9/23: Republicans acting like democrats, not republicans

Editorial 9/23: Republicans acting like democrats, not republicans

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Republicans like to believe they're small D democrats. 

Sometimes they fail, but in a recent example, they showed their true democratic colors.

Case in point is the Nebraska Republican state central committee, approving a resolution that would deny party support to any Republican state senator, in the officially nonpartisan Nebraska Legislature, who fails to support legislation returning Nebraska to a winner-take-all presidential electoral vote system.

Straightforwardly, the resolution is designed to help wipe out any Big D Democratic opportunity to pick up the 2nd Congressional District electoral vote for the second presidential election in a row. 

As the law stands in Nebraska, a presidential candidate wins a congressional district's electoral vote, even if he or she gets creamed in the popular vote statewide.

Now how is this GOP behavior democratic? 

According to some hard-core and obscure websites we visited, a democracy and republic are not only not the same, but almost opposite, although both are supposed to be forms of popular government. 

A democracy is majority unchained, lacking any legal safeguard of the rights of the individual or a minority. A republic protects, through processes or a constitution, the rights of individuals and minorities.

Hence, Nebraska Republicans want to be unfettered democrats. They want to strike the law that protects the possibility of another single electoral vote for the 2nd District, where a majority voted for Barack Obama in the last election. They want to ditch the more republican protection the law now offers whatever majority may emerge in a congressional district, even if it's a minority in the vast inland sea of Nebraska Republicans. 

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Republicans are trying to impose a system like Nebraska's, to grab a little piece of the electoral vote, and the Pennsylvania Democrats are resisting! The only other state without a winner-take-all system is Maine.

We maintain the republican stand, that the law best serves Nebraskans when it protects a single electoral vote for any of the congressional districts that demonstrates its independence.

That the Nebraska Republicans will withdraw support for any GOP state legislator who strays, well, that sort of sounds more like a protection racket.


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