Tim Eyman, the nicest dictator ever

by | Jul 9, 2015

  Published yesterday in the Olympian newspaper:

Eyman opposes democracy and rule by majority vote

THE OLYMPIAN, LETTER TO THE EDITOR, JULY 8TH, 2015

Eyman opposes democracy and rule by majority vote

Tim Eyman is attempting once again to create a political system where a small concurrent minority will be making the all the important decision for the entire electorate.  Tim once criticized his opponents for not believing in democracy, but Tim thinks that one-third of the electorate has the right to dictate to two-thirds of the voters.

This extreme elitism shows clearly that Mr. Eyman doesn’t trust the voters and clearly doesn’t believe in the democratic process.  It is my opinion is that Tim would really like to be a ruler with the power to dictate.  Oh right, a dictator.

William Arensmeyer, Olympia

          Wow, it’s hard to know where to start:

*  “Eyman opposes democracy.”  Jack, Mike, and I work with thousands of heroic supporters to allow citizens to sign petitions so the people can vote.  Pretty sure that’s democracy.
*  “Tim thinks that one-third of the electorate has the right to dictate to two-thirds of the voters.”  Almost 2/3 of voters support the 2/3 vote requirement for the Legislature to raise taxes.  It’s the people (2/3 of them) putting some reasonable controls on the government. 
*  This extreme elitism shows clearly that Mr. Eyman doesn’t trust the voters.”  5 times the voters have passed measures requiring a 2/3 protection — with our current effort, we’re pursuing a constitutional amendment that will permanently protect us from Olympia’s insatiable tax appetite (and which can only be passed with a vote of the people — not very elitist).
*  “Tim would really like to be a ruler with the power to dictate.  Oh right, a dictator.”  I’m the nicest dictator ever:  I work with a team of heroes who ask citizens to voluntarily sign petitions, who asks voters to voluntarily pass our initiatives, and whose ideas only become effective if voters approve.  My history is a little rusty, but that doesn’t sound like Castro, Kim Jong-Il, Pol Pot, or Stalin.

           Because our opponents have repeatedly failed to convince voters to vote against our 2/3 initiatives, they’re gonna be particularly incoherent and hysterical over the next several months.  

         But no matter how silly they sound, don’t underestimate them.  As the saying goes “A cornered animal is a dangerous animal.” 

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