Michigan Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema
Dissent protects democracy.
This fact is apparently a problem for many Republicans who, in the age of Bush, don’t like – or tolerate – dissent one bit.
Such was the fate of Democrat Dottie Jones who, it seems, didn’t know that as a member of the State Board of Canvassers her job was to rubber-stamp every election-related scheme Republicans thought up.
It is always disheartening to see someone challenge the powers that be when the powers that be are up to no good and lose. But challenge Jones did. She voted to keep Proposal 2 off the November 2004 ballot because it didn’t clearly explain the bill’s intent to go after DP benefits. She also voted against putting Ralph Nader on the 2004 ballot, a drive spearheaded by Republicans. Because we all know how the GOP loves Nader. They were just doing it out of kindness, not blatantly attempting to take votes from John Kerry. Why, the Republicans would never dream of being so partisan!
Unless, of course, you mean a party-line vote to reject an eight year veteran of the board – and the board’s only woman and African American – who dared to question them.
Michigan Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema (R-Wyoming) played a pivotal role in her rejection, calling her dare to dissent a “breach of her oath of office.”