In The Federalist No. 59, Alexander Hamilton asserted that “every government ought to contain in itself the means of its own preservation.”
Whether it ought to or not, every system seems to contain in itself, and anxiously embrace, that capability.
That’s certainly the case with the Columbia City Council, which voted last night not to allow the city’s residents to move to a more rational and accountable system of government, that is to say, a strong-mayor system.
At the risk of sounding like a believer in direct democracy, which I am not, allow me to remind one and all that this was not a vote on whether to institute a strong-mayor system, but merely whether to allow the people of the city to choose.
And the council said no. Perceiving a threat to their own power, the council members refused to allow even the possibility.
By doing so, the members in the majority demonstrated that they are not worthy to wield the power that they so jealously guard.