A Tyrant and a Bully

Looks like Emperor Gil Cedillo is at it again, calling his constituents names when they refuse just to kiss his ring and crawl away chastened on hands and knees, over a carpet of broken glass. A few weeks ago safe streets advocates were “bullies”; now they’re “tyrants.”

Yes, CD1’s tyrant-in-chief actually used his bully pulpit to call his constituents’ Constitutionally-guaranteed exercise of the right to “petition for a redress of grievances” a “tyranny of the minority.” Yet their protests are nothing more than an effort to nudge (naked) Emperor Gil into compliance with the California Complete Streets Act and Federal Highway Administration guidelines.

So, anyway, I thought, based on my previous research into Cedillo’s political character, that it would be enlightening to see who else employs the phrase “tyranny of the minority” these days, and to whom they apply it. And, of course, it turns out that Cedillo runs with a rather unsavory crowd in his rhetorical depredations. The phrase is:

•Used by the conservative New American in a polemic against gay rights

•Used in an excellent analysis of interest-group politics by Terry Newell in the Huffington Post, where he argues that a “tyranny of the minority” exists when a special interest manipulates the levers of influence to obstruct processk…much as Cedillo has done to pander to cut-through motorists in Highland Park.

•Used in the ultra-conservative journal, Human Events, in a rant that rails against the ACLU and its like for opposing the establishment of Christianity in government (expressly forbidden by the Constitution), and bemoans the fact that America is becoming more democratic!

As the HuffPost article points out, the real danger the Founders of our government feared was the tyranny of the majority (such as, at present in Los Angeles, the car-crazy fools that suck up all our tax expenditures while killing residents and commerce alike throughout the city), and the oppressions that follow in its wake. Hence the drafters of the Constitution created a system whereby minority groups could exercise their right, as enshrined in that document, to insist they be accommodated by the structures of governance, and integrated into the fabric of society, without being bullied by representatives of majority groupthink.

It is Cedillo, in pandering to the car culture and boss-hog politics that have made such a mess of Los Angeles, of America, and of the world, who is the tyrant in the battle over a Figueroa for All.

Let’s not let him forget that.

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